Panoramio Layer Adds 2 Million Photos

Panoramio photos in Google EarthEduardo has posted at the Panoramio Blog that their Google Earth layer (which is found under the Geographic Web layer folder in Google Earth) now boasts an additional 2 million photos! In November, they had increased the included photos to a total of 2.5 million. But, now the total is nearly double to 4.5 million photos! Eduardo notes in his post that they have now greatly reduced the lag between the time it takes to review photos posted at the Panoramio site – where they choose which ones get included in the layer. Also, they now have about 6.8 million total submitted photos at Panoramio. This photo collection is growing fast – and all the photos are tagged to a location!
So, turn on the Geographic Web layer in Google Earth (or open the folder by clicking on the “+” icon and turn on just the Panoramio layer). You will find more photos than ever all over the planet.
The Panoramio layer shows icons as little blue circles until you zoom in close enough where more icons may appear and the icons change to little cameras. Click on the placemark icons to see the photos. Click on the photos in the placemarks to visit the Panoramio site for full details and bigger versions of the photos. I find this an invaluable layer for getting a perspective about a place I’m interested in while viewing Google Earth. You not only get the satellite photos of GE, but also perspectives from many people all over the world for almost any location you can imagine. Sometimes the photos are very unique taken from planes, kites, sides of buildings, or even underwater.
Another way to view the photos included in the Panoramio layer is to download the Panoramio popular photos network link. In this version, the placemark icons are actually miniature versions of the photos themselves. Zoom in to a different location and pause for a few seconds and it will load a new set of photos from that location.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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  1. Bill Hobson says

    I have a question, and cannot find the answer anywhere on the Google Earth Site. I just downloaded the most recient update for Google Earth, and now when I click on the “blue dot” pictures, they rarely load completely, usually partially load or don’t load at all. Can someone tell me what’s up, and how to fix it?
    Thank you so much.

  2. I have the same problem with images either not loading at all or only partially loading. It’s very annoying.

  3. Use in Off line condition ?

  4. I have the same issue. I’m connected but when I click a camera icon I get grey boxes instead of the images.

  5. I’ve just downloaded the latest version of Google Earth and now, when I click on the blue dots the panoramio photo comes up but when I click on the photo to see other photos by the author or get the original, the photo disappears and then- nothing!? Any one else have this?


  7. Likewise, just grey pictures. it worked fine then “suddenly” nothing. if anyone finds a solution please email me at

  8. I have the same problem. I posted this problem at GE-community and Panoramio-community, but no answers.
    My situation is like this:
    I have a router linked to my modem. My router is wired connected to my
    XP comp. and Wireless connected to my Vista laptop.
    On my XP-comp. I can normaly view the Panoramio Photo’s. On my Vista-
    laptop I can’t.
    I have shut down my virusscan and Windows Firewall, that didn’t work.
    I have searched for the folder witch should contain the temporary
    files of the pictures and I did found it. SO…GE makes the temp.
    files in the folder c:\….\google\google earth\images but doesn’t
    display them in GE.
    Does anyone have a solution?

  9. Bob Ritchie says

    As observed by several other users, the last version of GE, 5.0.11733.9347, produces a very irritating problem. As described by others, images either don’t appear or don’t appear completely. And NO answers have developed.
    In frustrations I have done the following: to get the image I can click and hold over the image area, it promptly appears, but I have to hold otherwise the equally irritating default to Panaramio initiates, or I can click twice on the icon, or in a set of several (large icon) I can cycle to the next image and back, or if a partial image appears I can move the horizontal scroll right then left. These maneuvers usually bring up the image. However with the click and hold over the image space I have to move the courser slightly to make the image appear and go haze blue and then click off the image to view it properly. This prevents the default to the Panaramio page. My wife’s laptop has the previous version of GE and no problem like this so it would seem that the new version is the soure of the problem.
    One more thing, as experience has shown, applications can lose “their minds” and need to be reloaded. I deactivated GE, trashed the icons and then reloaded GE denovo. Depressingly the issue reappears. Happily all my placemarks and personal items are stll available.

  10. Can someone please tell me how to post one of my photos on to Google Earth. Please don’t make it too complicated as I am not that computer literate..Seamus Australia

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