Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

June 20, 2012 — 8 Comments

Of the many reasons pilgrims choose to walk the Camino de Santiago—cultural, historical, religious, spirituality, fitness, nature, solitude, looking for love, running away from love, finding themselves, losing themselves, meeting new people—one of the main features that is sometimes overlooked are the beautiful flowers that welcome you in the spring. I knew there would be flowers along the Camino when I walked the French Way in the spring. However, I had never expected how beautiful the scenes would be alongside the path, especially in Eastern Spain. If you don’t mind the possibility (most likely, probability) of some inclement weather, you’re in for a special treat.

These photos were taken from late April to mid May. I had poor weather for much of the time, but that was part of the journey. Although I complained a little (sometimes a lot), I intended to make the best of my time in Spain, and walked every day, no matter the weather. If you haven’t seen my blog post that takes you along from St. Jean Pied de Port toward Santiago de Compostela, you may want to start On the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean Pied de Port to the Pyrenees.

As was implied by the title, this post focuses on the flowers along the French Way or Camino Francés, and features…

Poppies…

Poppies outside Puente la Reina Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

and mustard flowers. This cute horse greeted me as I entered Estella.

Horse and Mustard Flowers Estella Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

Often, flowers adorned the banks along the path. Here, the poppies were scattered with the mustard. The village of Cirauqui is in the distance.

In the distance Cirauqui Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

  Along the road as I approached Sansol in Navarra.

Approaching Sansol Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

 On a dark morning between Viana and Logroño.

Mustard east of Logrono Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

 Along the Roman Road, east of Lorca.

Mustard on the Roman Road Lorca Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

Although I’ll never forget walking through this mud, I thought the colors here were striking.

Muddy path and mustard west of Azofra Spain Camino de Santiago1 Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

  Along the Camino as I entered Estella.

Entering Estella Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

Between the villages of Azqueta and Villamayor de Monjardín.

Path between Azqueta and Villamayor de Monjardín Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

The approach to the Alto del Perdón, west of Pamplona.

Alto del Perdón and Windmills ahead Camino de Santiago Spain Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

As I approached Villamayor de Monjardín, I stopped for a moment to watch an artist sketch on his pad.

Approaching Villamayor de Monjardín Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

Another favorite photo: an ancient Roman bridge, just west of Cirauqui. The stretch of Roman Road, between Cirauqui and Lorca was the most important left along the French Way.

Ancient stone bridge outside Cirauqui Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

 Sometimes, the poppies were scattered. This was just west of Estella.

Field outside Irache Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

Sometimes, there was just a lone poppy. Facing a monastery, west of Villamayor de Monjardín.

Fied with a poppy between Villamayor de Monjardín and Los Arcos Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

Overlooking a vineyard, east of Viana.

Vineyard west of El Poyo Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

Poppies and mustard along the senda, leaving El Burgo Ranero.

Senda and Poppies leaving El Burgo Ranero Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

  The ruins of a long abandoned home, east of Viana…

Ruins and poppies west of El Poyo Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

 

  and along the Roman Road.

Poppies and stone wall Puente la Reina Spain Camino de Santiago Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

I hope you enjoyed this post as I revisited some of my favorite photos of flowers along the Camino de Santiago. If you’re able, I would really recommend walking the Camino in the spring. The flowers were amazing.

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 Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

8 responses to Poppies and Mustard, 18 Photos From The Camino De Santiago

  1. Felipe Castro June 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    I always enjoy your pictures, Randall. And yes, the weather that give us the mud, also present us with mustard flowers and poppies. Kind of a metaphor, isn´t it?

    • Yes it is, Felipe. I live in Vancouver which is considered a rain forest. People complain—I have complained myself—about the amount of rain here. Similar to the flowers in Spain, we wouldn’t have our own lush forests, waterfalls, and mountain scenery without the rainfall, especially during the winter. Having said this, I hope summer arrives to the west coast of Canada very soon.

  2. I walked these path 2003 and 2005 and seeing your photos of 2012 makes me see myself there again.
    The longing to return to Santiago never ceased in my mind.. I want to go back.

    • Thanks for the comment. I hope you get to return to Santiago soon. I walked the Camino Del Norte, finishing in early August, and was very happy to complete my second Camino. I wish you the best.

  3. Great pictures Randall! when I look at them it makes me want to “walk” as well. You do a great job representing your walk with pictures.

    Are you going to write another book about the second walk?

    • Thank you very much, Carla. I wish I had better weather for these photos but that’s how it was while I walked. I have roughed in a little of the second book, but still have lots to do before I disappear and write another one.

  4. The photo “Along the Camino as I entered Estella.” There’s a signficant sense of calm. The lush greenery bordering the pale road, invites one to cross its path. The cross on the right gives way to hope. There is something good here.

    Thank you for sharing.

    • I’m very glad you recognize calmness of that photo. I didn’t know much about Estella, but really enjoyed my short time in the city. It also helped that the sun came out for the afternoon, which provided for much more enjoyable walking.

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