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1. May I use your pictures?
2. May I link to your site from my web site or blog? If yes, how?
3. How did you get all these pictures?
4. Why don't you have more pictures of big cats?
5. Why don't you have pictures of cats, dogs, and other pets?
6. Why don't you have pictures of dolphins, whales, sharks, fish, etc?
7. Why are some of your pictures fuzzy?
8. Why haven't you answered the emails I've sent to you?
9. How can I advertise on this site?
10. What is your privacy policy and does this site use cookies?
11. How can I contact you?
12. Do you ever send bulk email (i.e. spam)?
13. Why is the scientific name (i.e. genus and species) only included for some of the animals?
14. Can you help me identify an animal I saw?

1. May I use your pictures?
The answer depends on how you want to use them. You may print a copy of one or more pictures for your own personal use -- like for a school project or for a homework assignment. You may not sell, distribute, or republish the pictures in print or electronically. That means you cannot post the pictures on other web sites or on a local area network. Also, you may not display my pictures on another web site by direct or hot linking. If you want visitors on your web site to see one of my pictures, please link to the page on my site containing the picture rather than to the picture itself. I have spent over two thousand hours taking, scanning, editing, and publishing these pictures. Please honor my copyrights. top

2. May I link to your site from my web site or blog? If yes, how?
Yes, please do! The standard code in which web pages are written is a programming language called HTML. In order to add a link to your page or blog you should insert a line of HTML code into your page at the spot you want the link to be. (Many web-building tools and blogs add some of the code for you, so you need to read help files in your program to see how the program handles adding links.) If you can view and edit your page's HTML code, you can copy and paste one of the following lines into your code where you want the link to appear.

To link to my "Animal Pictures and More" home page copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/">Animal Pictures and More</a>

To link to my "Favorite Pictures" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/favorite-pictures.htm">Favorite Pictures</a>

To link to my "Newest Pictures" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/newest-pictures.htm">Newest Pictures</a>

To link to my "Bird Pictures" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/bird-pictures.htm">Bird Pictures</a>

To link to my "Insect Pictures" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/insect-pictures.htm">Insect Pictures</a>

To link to my "Lizard Pictures" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/lizard-pictures.htm">Lizard Pictures</a>

To link to my "Mammal Pictures" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/mammal-pictures.htm">Mammal Pictures</a>

To link to my "Snake Pictures" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/snake-pictures.htm">Snake Pictures</a>

To link to my "Other Reptile Pictures" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/other-reptile-pictures.htm">Other Reptile Pictures</a>

To link to my "Other Animal Pictures" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/other-animal-pictures.htm">Other Animal Pictures</a>

To link to my "Unidentified Animals" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/unidentified-animals.htm">Unidentified Animals</a>

To link to my "Hot Air Balloon Pictures" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/hot-air-balloon-pictures-1.htm">Hot Air Balloon Pictures</a>

To link to my "Waterfall Pictures" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/waterfall-pictures.htm">Waterfall Pictures</a>

To link to my "Chinese Porcelain Pictures" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/china-pictures.htm">Chinese Porcelain Pictures</a>

To link to my "Hiking Trails / Day Hikes" copy the next line:
<a href="http://www.jdmpics.com/trails/hiking-trails.htm">Hiking Trails / Day Hikes</a>

Feel free to change the page's title (i.e. the text on the right between ">" and "<") to whatever you like. Of course you may link to any of my individual pages too. Please do not link directly to picture files. top

3. How did you get all these pictures?
I took all of the pictures on this web site myself using a small pocket camera during hikes, vacations, and other outings. Most of the pictures were taken using ISO 200 35mm color film (Fuji or Kodak). Since 2001 I've only used a digital camera and the pictures are much clearer. All my cameras have been autofocus and have had meager built-in zoom capabilities. I am not a professional photographer. top

4. Why don't you have more pictures of big cats?
I would love to have more pictures of large dangerous carnivores like tigers, leopards, bears, etc. The problem is that I don't want to post pictures that have bars or screens in front of the animals. Most of the places where I see large carnivores have bars and a screen that prevent good pictures. top

5. Why don't you have pictures of cats, dogs, and other pets?
I want to offer something not readily available on other sites. Pet pictures are plentiful on the Internet. I first posted pictures of snakes and lizards I saw during hikes. Those pictures were so popular that I added pictures of animals I saw in zoos. Then I added pictures of domesticated animals I saw at fairs. I doubt that I'll add pets. If it's dogs or cats you want to see, here are some links to sites with dog and cat pictures.

Dogs
Breed Pictures
Chazhound's Dog Pictures
Dogbiz.com

Cats
Cat Fanciers Cat Breeds
Flickr Cat Pictures
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6. Why don't you have pictures of dolphins, whales, sharks, fish, etc?
I am not a scuba diver and my camera is not waterproof. The only opportunities I have to photograph animals in the water are when the animals are in shallow water or in an aquarium. It's difficult to get good pictures through glass at an aquarium. I've tried many times, but usually the pictures aren't good enough to publish. top

7. Why are some of your pictures fuzzy?
Some pictures are fuzzy because I took them through dirty glass or in the rain. Others are fuzzy because the autofocus of my camera did not set the focus correctly or because I moved the camera while taking the picture. If a picture is too fuzzy I usually won't publish it. Occasionally I decide having a slightly-fuzzy picture of the subject is better than no picture at all and I publish it in spite of its fuzziness. Many pictures appear fuzzy if you use the lowest standard screen resolution of 640x480 pixels. Most people use 800x600 pixels or higher screen resolutions. I try to make sure all my pictures look okay at 800x600 pixels and higher. top

8. Why haven't you answered the emails I've sent to you?
I never intentionally ignore a valid mail to me. Email has become less reliable during the last few years, mainly due to efforts to stop spam and viruses. I get so much spam that occasionally I'll delete a good mail by mistake, especially if the mail has a blank subject or a subject that is also used by spam mails. The best way to make sure I get your mail is to use a meaningful subject. Many times I have gotten a mail, answered it, and received a postmaster error mail telling me the recipient is not accepting mail from my address. When that happens there's no way for me to contact you. top

9. How can I advertise on this site?
The advertisements on this site are provided by Google. Please see Google AdWords for more information.top

10. What is your privacy policy and does this site use cookies?
I do not collect any personal information about visitors to this site. The Google Analytics service uses cookies to collect anonymous traffic data. This site also displays advertisements via Google AdSense. Google uses cookies (including DART cookies), which enable Google to serve ads based on a user's interests as indicated by other sites the user has visited. No personal information is collected. Cookies do NOT include your name, address, email address, or telephone number. Users can prevent the use of DART cookies by following the instructions at the Google Privacy Center.top

11. How can I contact you?
In an effort to hide my email address from address-gathering programs, I show an email link containing javascript at the bottom of most pages. The link will create a mail addressed to me in your mail program on most computers. The method does not work for all browsers, if javascript is turned off in your browser, or for all mail programs. You can write to me at the address below. Please use a meaningful subject in your mail.
image of email address
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12. Do you ever send bulk email (i.e. spam)?
Absolutely not, however, frequently virus programs and spammers fraudulently insert my email address into the "From" field of emails they send. There's nothing I can do about that. The same thing probably happens to you. top

13. Why is the scientific name (i.e. genus and species) only included for some of the animals?
I only include the scientific name when I am fairly certain of an animal's identification. When the scientific name is not shown it means I haven't been able to identify the animal to that level of precision. top

14. Can you help me identify an animal I saw?
Sometimes I can help, especially if you are in the United States. Please tell me where you saw the animal (country, state, nearest city) and describe the animal as best you can. For snakes the most important details to include are the colors, the approximate length, and the body type (thick or slender). Knowing the environment helps too (desert, marsh, woods, barn, etc). top

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