8 • Higueruela

… Eventually the mist began to lift revealing more of the same strange mix of desert, vineyards, and olive groves. In addition to this the fascinating contrast of colours and starkness of the countryside. I stopped after three hours, took off my shoes and socks, massaged my feet and ate chocolates and nuts. It’s amazing what a break can do.

  MORNING MIST

MORNING MIST

  CLEARED TO REVEAL A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT AND STARK TERRAIN

CLEARED TO REVEAL A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT AND STARK TERRAIN

  I HOPE THE COLORS COME OUT IN THE PHOTOS THEY WERE SO CALMING AND BEAUTIFUL

I HOPE THE COLORS COME OUT IN THE PHOTOS THEY WERE SO CALMING AND BEAUTIFUL

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  MY MOTHER’S NAME

MY MOTHER’S NAME

  TOWN DEDICATED TO ST BARBARA

TOWN DEDICATED TO ST BARBARA

  THE PLAZA MAJOR, GIVES YOU AN IDEA

THE PLAZA MAJOR, GIVES YOU AN IDEA

  TOWN CHURCH, MASS AT 19:30

TOWN CHURCH, MASS AT 19:30

  LOCKED. STAIN GLASS FROM OUTSIDE

LOCKED. STAIN GLASS FROM OUTSIDE

  A ROOM WITH A VIEW

A ROOM WITH A VIEW

7 • Alpera

Cool and misty. Sunrise behind me, very peaceful. I walked in fog or mist for a few hours, strange experience, no idea of the terrain around me, visibility a few feet. Along the way, a rocky path, I noticed kernes built from stones, I stopped to take a photo of one and as I did the fog cleared and I found myself standing before a strange, majestic  mountain. It was a shock to suddenly see it. Immediately I was struck by a presence, it was palpable. I called out but no echo, it was just there speaking in silence.

  WALKING IN THE CLOUD OF UNSEEING

WALKING IN THE CLOUD OF UNSEEING

  II

II

  SUDDENLY THE MOUNTAIN IS THERE

SUDDENLY THE MOUNTAIN IS THERE

  AN ENERGY OF ITS OWN

AN ENERGY OF ITS OWN

  AND A QUIET

AND A QUIET

  A FOGBOW

A FOGBOW

  MOUNTAIN DISAPPEARED AGAIN. EERIE

MOUNTAIN DISAPPEARED AGAIN. EERIE

  ALMOST DESERT TERRAIN

ALMOST DESERT TERRAIN

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  ALPERA

ALPERA

  ALPERA II

ALPERA II

  LUNCH

LUNCH

  LUNCH II

LUNCH II

1 • Camino de Santiago 2018

Michael received the first stamp this morning at the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain and stood at the Door of the Apostles where the Camino officially begins.