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Above, the daily flight from Managua at the San Carlos, Nicaragua, airstrip.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Travel Snapshots in the News

Almost everyone takes snapshots when they travel. And, thanks to Flickr, there's a giant data base of such photos. Below is a link to an article on what researchers have to say about those photos. In the meantime, here are some of my own travel pics.

The lighthouse at Isle Au Haut, Maine. Acadia National Park shares this beautiful island with a small lobstering and fishing community (along with a number of vacation homes).

Is anyplace else on earth as wonderful at sunset as the Southern Caribbean? This is a cove on the west side of St. Vincent.

Bartolomé Island is a volcanic islet in the Galápagos. Pinnacle Rock is one of the most-photographed features of the island chain.

Cameras are a must for hikers atop Perito Moreno Glacier in southern Argentina.

This is what you see from the London Eye, the gigantic Ferris wheel that's England's newest landmark. The building below houses an aquarium; the water is the River Thames.

Sean O'Neill of Budget Travel reports that scientists at Cornell University analyzed data from 35 million Flickr photos and made some surprising discoveries: Not only did the world's most photographed cities (and the most captured landmark in each) emerge, but also so did the most common angles for shooting each place. So what do the results say about travelers? The findings suggest that through their cameras, tourists "vote" for favorite places, things, and the best representation of them—and, by and large, they agree. Budget Travel contacted the researchers to see if the results had changed since the study was released in April 2009, and they crunched the numbers again—with a few exceptions (the Lincoln Memorial, for example, has replaced the Washington Monument as most photographed place in D.C.) not much had changed. Click HERE for his article.