Camino de Santiago Photo of the Week – March 31, 2013
There are cairns the entire length of the journey. Usually they pop up along the side of the route or at crossroads. Small sprigs of flowers are placed near them, pictures of loved ones, random objects. They start to become a barely noticed part of the journey. But there are places along the way where you are suddenly surrounded by them and, to be honest, there is something unnerving about it. Maybe it is because their intention isn’t clear: I believe the stones are linked to prayers whose weight is carried with the itinerant pilgrim. But when you suddenly find yourself in a nest of them, there’s a spooky vibe, because to be honest you really don’t know what they’re all about – and there can be hundreds of piles for hundreds of yards. Kind of like tribbles or small fuzzy creatures: no matter how innocent, when you wander into enough of them, they’re unsettling. Or maybe that’s just me.
This week’s photo of the week from an unknown poster on flickr.
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