Only one of the pictures in this collection is directly hiking-related, but I figured most of the people who take pictures on the trail would have a passing interest in these self-described world-shattering snapshots.

It is always fascinating to look at pictures like this and see how they’ve influenced the rest of the media and the stuff you create, even if it’s subconsciously. Does a blurry beachhead photo from the Invasion of Normandy directly lead to an action shot of a cliff-diver? Probably not. But show me a good outdoor snapshot not influenced by Ansel Adams and I’ll call you a liar. Liar!Of course, any ‘best of’ list is going to create controversy and debate, and everyone can add their own favorite photographer to collection.

Or you can just use this as a good excuse to go get lost in the crunchier Flickr pools. Best Hike, for instance, was smitten with Buck Forester’s amazing shots this morning. It’s well worth the trip.

Tufa Sunburst
, originally uploaded by Buck Forester.

The Neatorama post linked above is also featured in the current issue of mental_floss, an incredible magazine that has absolutely nothing to do with hiking. But if you’ve got a thirst for the little-known corners of history and trivia, hoo boy.