Top 25 reader vacation photos of 2012 [Pictures]
Travel, like life, is filled with moments. But capturing that perfect moment in a photograph can be tricky. It's partly being in the right place at the right time, but it's also patience and a keen appreciation for the world around us. From hundreds of vacation pictures from readers who visited places as remote as the Antarctic and as near as the Eastern Shore, our editors have selected the 25 best reader vacation photos of 2012.
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Vickie Gray( Vickie Gray, For The Baltimore Sun / December 29, 2011 )
On a trip to Rome in November, we opted for an excusion to Florence. As we wandered through the marketplace, I spotted among the shawls, leather goods and jewelry a cart full of festival masks. On closer inspection, I noticed the image of the magnificent Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore -- the Duomo -- on the mask in the front. The combination of the trite tourism souvenir image on the colorful and elegant mask was too good to pass up, and I quickly snapped this photo.