Over the Next Hill – 26/100 Camino Photos

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Curiosity drives me forward when I hike. What will I see beyond the next hill, around the next curve? Not much, sometimes. Amazing views other times. This view of the centuries-old Camino town Cirauqui is perhaps my favorite ever. Proud and picturesque, colorful and carefully maintained. It has much in common with other small Spanish towns, but this photo reminds me of the quiet sunny beauty of this part of the Way.

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World Class – 25/100 Camino Photos

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Pilgrims come from all over the world to walk the Camino de Santiago. I met people from South Korea, Japan, Germany, Austria, Finland, Britain, Estonia, New Zealand, France, Brazil, Italy, Canada, Mexico, and more. Indeed, it is a small world.

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Mustard Seeds – 23-24/100 Camino Photos

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Bright, crisp greens. Pure mustard yellows. Gray mountains and brown earth. The sound of gurgling streams. On the Camino de Santiago, nature needs do nothing more than be to inspire.

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Centuries old pathways stretch over hills and through such fields. Thunder rumbles in the distance, and the smell of far-off rain scents the air. What will you find around the next bend?

Puente la Reina – 21-22/100 Camino Photos

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Puente la Reina. The queen’s bridge, in English. A photogenic spot, this little town between Pamplona and Estella, is popular with pilgrims and tourists alike. Beautiful sights like these all along the Camino de Santiago lift your thoughts toward things eternal. I could only stay a few moments here because on the Way you must keep moving, always moving. The value of photographs like these is that I can enjoy the transient moments again and again.

Puente la Reina

 

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Highlights from the 2015 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest

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Highlights from the 2015 Nat Geo Traveler Photo Contest

Xina Marie Uhl:

Wow, I can’t imagine ever taking a good enough photo to win something like this, but I sure enjoy looking at the ones that do!

Originally posted on TwistedSifter:

The 27th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest kicked off April 7 and the contest is accepting entries until June 30th. Official categories include: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments.

Our friends at National Geographic were kind enough to let us share another gallery (see the first gallery here) of stand-out submissions already received. Prizes include:

1st prize: An eight-day National Geographic Photo Expedition: Costa Rica and the Panama Canal with airfare for two
2nd prize: A six-day National Geographic Photo Expedition: Winter Wildlife in Yellowstone for two
3rd prize: A six-day cruise from Schooner American Eagle and Heritage for two
7 merit prize winners will receive: A $200 gift certificate to B&H Photo


Click here to submit your own photo to the 2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

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Art Along the Way – 16-20/100 Camino Photos

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What kind of art will you encounter on the Camino de Santiago from Roncesvalles to Pamplona? Many kinds. From the very informal, on bridges …

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Or stop signs …

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Or homes …

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To the professional …

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Even on government buildings …

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Art is an expression of our joys, weaknesses, and desire for beauty as well as a way to pass the time. All are evident on the Camino.

Pamplona in April – 13-15/100 Camino Photos

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Pamplona is one of the bigger cities on the Camino de Santiago route, with a population of around 200,000. The famous running of the bulls in July is what the city is primarily known for, but it has a charm apart from that. Founded in Roman times, it has persevered for centuries.

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This wide angle shot shows the Plaza del Castillo, the biggest square. Hemingway is said to have occupied an apartment that looked out into the square.

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Seeds of rebellion have sprouted in this region, known for Basque separatists that don’t hide their allegiance. In the narrow streets, above the shops, you will often see flags such as these.

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Dog Day Afternoon – 11-12/100 Camino Photos

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I was atop a hill looking at this beautiful view when what did I see?

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My first canine Camino hiker:

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I only saw one more canine hiker during my Camino, and he had a doggie backpack filled with his food and water. His owner said: “Everyone must pull their own weight on the Camino!”

 

The First Day Ends – 5-7/100 Camino Photos

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I was nervous about doing too much walking our first day on the Camino de Santiago, so we took it easy. The day couldn’t have been better for a walk, clear and sunny with a light breeze. Walking sticks at the ready, we passed through groves and into the countryside.

After a gentle climb we turned around to see …

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After a few hours, the village of Bizkarreta seemed like a good place to stop. The guesthouse called Corazón Puro beckoned. With reasonable prices, friendly proprietors, and views like these out the window we could not resist.

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