For beautiful nature photos, take a look at a website by John P. Sercel. John has set up an online gallery of images including mountains, water, wildlife, flowers, and more. And you can download them free! I’ve put a link to his page under the Free Stuff links in the right-hand sidebar of this page. To find Free Stuff, look at the sidebar and scroll down past the Contact Me button. If you aren’t familiar with the Free Stuff links, you’re missing out on a treat!
Using the site
I’ve looked through this gallery and downloaded several pictures. Tabs take you to each section, organized by content, and display up to twelve thumbnails on a page. Click on a thumbnail to see the full size photo. It’s easy to download by clicking a download button on foot of the page when you display any photo at its larger size. Photos are in JPEG format, and large enough for a full page background in an activity..
You can download photos from the site and use them in projects freely, under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license. This means that you must provide attribution by displaying a credit to “JS Nature Photos” and including a hyperlink to http://photos.jstechs.com/ wherever possible (i.e. on a website or in the credits for an activity).
Also, if you use his photos in a project, even if you alter them, you must distribute your work under a similar license (Attribute-Share Alike), which would preclude commercial use without permission. For more details, check out the site’s About page here.
John sells prints and postcards using high resolution versions of his photos, but has set up this gallery to share his work. It’s most generous of a professional photographer to share samples in this way. Thanks, John! from all the educators who use this site.