This image was taken while walking the Camino de Santiago -- the Way of St James -- in northwest Spain.
It's a very simple vacation, so to speak -- one just follows the yellow arrows and walks all day. No cell phones, no laptops, no killer aps -- just walking. The route gave me a truly visceral feel for landscape -- from my feet to my hips to my eyes to my head. I know how an uphill feels, a downhill, gravel, dirt, stones. It sounds simple, simplistic even, but we live in such a virtual world now that we sometimes forget how the real one actually feels.
I took my camera with me but didn't really know what I wanted to photograph. I decided that before taking the trip I had been hunting for photos of what the trail looked like and I couldn't find any that really gave me a sense of what it looked like. So I photographed where I was, probably 4-6 times an hour.
If you want to see what it looked like, I have a book on www.blurb.com, called El Camino de Santiago. I've set it up so you can flip through it.
We booked the camino tour with Fresco Tours and they were wonderful. Helpful, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, well-organized, thoughtful -- I can't say enough about Alex and Jason. Christine and I have hooked up with them again for a tour of the Basque country next April, 2012. For more information, check out my website www.maryannglass.com or contact www.frescotours.com.