Tuolumne Wildflowers - A Site for Wildflower Enthusiasts

I hope that you enjoy viewing these pictures as much as  I enjoyed taking them.  If you see a picture that you would like to purchase, write down the number and the name and then go to the store page.  If you like the particular flower but don't care for the image shown, write to us via our communication link and we will direct you to a site where you can view several different images of the same flower.

Policies pertaining to the use of all of the images and digital photos on this site and how to obtain licensing and other rights.


Unless explicitly mentioned otherwise,  all images are registered with the US Copyright office. No images are within the Public Domain.  Any use of images outside of the guidelines outlined in this document is copyright infringement.

PRIVATE USE limited to: (a) personal, non-commercial or (b) sample, design, test, or layout use ("comp use"), can be done without permission.

ALL OTHER USES require written permission obtained through email.

PUBLIC USE (diffusion by any means) for non-commercial purpose by individuals and all-volunteer organizations will likely be granted free permission, but approval is required.  Free permissions always require proper attribution (including an active backlink, if used on the Web), and no alterations.

All others will need a licensing contract and payment of a license fee.

PLEASE READ section A and the appropriate section B below for details BEFORE contacting us.

Licenses start at $50.  If you seek a free permission and your email doesn't clearly indicate that you've read all the relevant sections of this document, we will just refer you to it before proceeding further.

We also suggest that you read about our free use policy to understand the reasons for these Terms of Use.


Images that are sold or are used in any way in connection with any activity where payment is earned.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • use on behalf of any organization which has paid personnel (INCLUDING NON-PROFIT, educational, religious, or government),
  • use in your professional work (for example internal presentations, newsletters, logo, stationary, cards, preaching materials, and teaching materials),
  • use for advertising, editorial or promotional purposes (including any fund raising activities and auctions),
  • use on a commercial, advertising or self-promotional web site,
  • use on a product that is sold, or contains paid advertising.

The only exception is sample, design, test, or layout use ("comp use"), for the only purpose of evaluating how a finished piece would look like. If you have particular concerns about image use, or wish to reproduce any of the images for professional or commercial purposes, please check the information about licensing to learn how you can receive a high resolution digital file delivered on the same day. Note that licensing fees start at $50 (minimum fee generally applies only for small sizes and/or number of copies, or some web uses), and that no free licenses are granted solely in exchange for credits or links.

B. Image uses that do not require a commercial license

1. PRIVATE USE for personal, non-commercial purpose is free

Personal (and only personal) non-commercial, private use is encouraged and include:

  • Screen saver or background image on your computer (for higher quality images, consider a subscription.)
  • Emailing a copy to a friend
  • Printing a few images from your printer (for something really really nice to display on your wall, consider getting a photographic print.)

Any of above image usages DO NOT REQUIRE written authorization and apply only for the low resolution images that can be downloaded directly from the site.

Please note that these are for private use only. All other usage, including the distribution or reproduction of multiple copies, performance or otherwise use in a public way of the images or text REQUIRE written authorization.

2. PUBLIC USE (diffusion) for personal, non-commercial purpose requires permission

Permission will likely be granted for free for the following types of reproduction:

Making derivative works such as paintings and drawing for personal or educational use

Limited diffusion in personal educational documents such as school reports and thesis (for student only).

Displaying on a personal non-commercial web page (this excludes self-promotional web pages) provided that you display next to the image: (a) copyright information and (b) an active HTML link to www.tuolumnewildflowers.com. A code like the following is appropriate:

<a href = "http://www.tuolumnewildflowers.com"> photo by RobertWBrown /tuolumnewildflowers.com</a>, all rights reserved.

Please note that this is not sufficient to just post the image with the border containing the imprint "© RobertWBrown/tuolumnewilders.com". You must also create a hyperlink to tuolumnewildflowers.com.

However, you need to email us for authorization with ID numbers of the image(s) you wish to use, the details of your project, and/or the address of your finished web page. Please be sure to read the section General Conditions.

3.  PUBLIC USE (diffusion) for all-volunteer organizations requires permission

Please pay attention to the fact that "all-volunteer" and "non-profit" are NOT the same. If you are a all-volunteer organization with no paid staff or membership fee, and you provide only free services or information, you will likely qualify to use free image for:

The organization's brochure, newsletter or slide/Power Point presentation.

Displaying on the organization's web page, provided that you display next to the image: (a) copyright information and (b) an active link to www.tuolumnewildflowers.com. A code like the following is appropriate:

<a href = "http://www.tuolumnewildflowers.com"> photo by Robert W Brown / tuolumnewildflowers.com</a>, all rights reserved.

All-volunteer organization image use REQUIRES written authorization and apply only for the dissemination of information. Free use will NOT be granted for fund raising activities, nor for ANY organization that has paid personel, or charges for services or membership. For consideration, email us with the following information: (a) Name, full address and background of the organization, (b) Intended usage for the image(s), (c) Address of the non-profit web site (if any). (d) State explicitly that nobody in your organization is paid (merely stating that they are not paid for the task for which image(s) are required is unsufficient). Please be sure to read the section General Conditions.


GRANT:  Free image use can only be obtained by emailing us, after you receive an email granting the permission. If you do not receive an answer, it  means permission was not granted.

APPLICABILITY:  Free image usage applies ONLY for the low resolution images that can be downloaded directly from the site. No free PUBLIC usage will be granted for the high resolution images available by subscription, and no high resolution images will be sent for free.

ATTRIBUTION:  No free images or text may be used without carrying appropriate copyright information next to the images or text, acknowledging that the copyright to is owned by "Robert W. Brown/www.Tuolumnewildflowers.com. 

NO ALTERATIONS:  All free images must accurately represent the original work and be used in their entirety. Tampering, additions, cropping, low quality reproduction, or other alterations and tranformations that would affect the integrity of the image are not permitted.

RIGHTS:  In case of granted public use, any grant of rights is only for the specific use for which you were granted permission. Any other subsequent use requires a separate authorization. Further no license is granted in respect of any property rights. This does not mean that the title to the image was transferred to you. You own the medium on which the images or text are recorded, but Robert W. Brown retains full and complete title to the images or text, and any intellectual property rights therein. 

C. General terms of use of this website


You are always encouraged to make a link to any of the web pages (html files) included in this server without any restriction.


  • Embedding images into a web page, that is to have a direct ("hot") link (img src) to any image (jpeg file).
  • Using programs to automatically download or spider large portions of the tuolumnewildflower.com site for other purposes than indexing.

  • Framing of any of the tuolumnewildflowers.com web pages.

Note: This information was adapted with the gracious permission of Q T Luong at the website terragalleria.com.

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