This is what makes me sad

There’s so much information out there on the internet, shared, freely given; and then there are pieces that go around and around and around.

I saw a beautiful photograph today of a Bohemian Waxwing with berries. It was from one of those aggregator sites. I went looking for the original, so I could add a credit to the image that is being passed around (I do that sometimes).

This image has been shared so often that I can’t even identify the owner. Here’s the search.

I know a few of my images are out there (and on wallpaper sites in languages I haven’t been able to decypher and find contact info to request a take down).

Why do we think the work of photographers should be freely disseminated? And without even giving credit to the incredible work they have done?