Monday, January 31, 2011

Flowers of the Camino

Flowers seen beside the path nearing San Martin del Camino, 
after a long hot day's walk, mostly near highway, out of Leon.

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
—Henri Matisse
 Quote found on 'Picturing God' website

On my last night in Santiago I had a very special conversation 
with a Frenchman I had met a few times along the Camino.
He had always struck me as a prayerful, reflective man, full of wisdom,
who thought a lot about others. 
(I was surprised though to find him on the altar of the Cathedral in Santiago as a deacon!)

In our last conversation
he told me that I was 'une fleur du camino'
-a flower of the Camino. 
But he also gently said that a flower sometimes has to die to make a seed.

His words and his love have always remained within me.


  1. That is a wonderful man to have met. How lucky!
    I love Leon. It is one of my favourite places.
    Love the daisy type flowers. Do you think they are chamomile?

  2. I guess they could be chamomile....but don't know. They were growing wild beside the path.

  3. Margaret - thanks for posting again. This is such a wonderful blog to spend time with,


  4. Thanks Andy. Posting here might be slower from here on: I have probably posted a lot of what matters to me.... though I do have a lot of photos left!