I love Flickr, it is a great way to store my pictures and share them with everyone, with the advantage of having different levels so you can make the pictures as private or public as you like.
We live in a small town and the town library isn't really up to much and obviously it is all Japanese, I would love to buy books for everything that Ebi-kun is interested but we don't have the space or the money, so this is my latest trick...Flickr.
Go to Flickr's main page, here. Then click on the search link....
Now click on the advanced search link....
Which will bring you to this page, now you can fill in what you want to search for and make sure your search is safe, although this is not 100% fool proof it is the best way to go, you can also set other search restrictions here. If you are looking for images to use other than just looking on screen you can select creative commons which is at the bottom of this page (couldn't manage to get it on the screen shot).
Then click the search button at the bottom of the page, that will bring up a new page full of images, click on slideshow and sit back and enjoy the show.
Ebi-kun is loving this, there are so many beautiful images but then you get the odd everyday shot thrown it too. I think this gives a better representation of a country than a book on say Canada. With Flickr you are seeing it through many peoples eyes and the range of subject matter is much greater.
Obviously this doesn't always work fantastically, I tried doing the same for polar bear and got some very odd images but some of those included images of blokes with 'I am a polar bear' written on their chests, this led to a discussion about why these fella's had done it, from the caption I could tell it was a global warming demo.
Do you use Flickr? If so, how do you make the most out of it?