Just look at this amazing, astonishing, beautiful, very unusual new purple tomato. Does it not fill your heart with lust? Do you not want to order one of these RIGHT NOW?
What? You don't see it? Why is that?
Because the seed companies make it so damn hard to get a picture, that's why! I have spent way too much time this morning looking for a photo I can use of 'Indigo Rose,' this glorious new tomato I read about in the San Francisco Chronicle this morning.
So. Here's a hint, seed (and plant) companies: Make this easy. Put a link in your footer that says,
"Use of Photos" or something very obvious. On that page, just say whether or not we can grab a photo for use online or in print.
Or! If you want a little more control? Have an online form that people fill out. Have them link to their publication, and link to the photo they want to use. Send an auto-responder message back that either says "yes" or "no" depending on the photo. If the answer is "yes," be sure your response says, "You can use this photo as long as you link back to us (or whatever). Remember that you have to use this form every time you want to use one of our photos, because copyrights vary and we want to keep track of who's using our stuff."
Or something. Figure it out. But please, make it a little easier to love you.
OK. Follow the links. Look at the pictures. Commence lust.Posted by Amy Stewart on February 22, 2012 at 11:36 am, in the category Eat This, It's the Plants, Darling, Taking Your Gardening Dollar.