Camino Tuesday – Weekly Thematic Prompts on Twitter

Every Tuesday on Twitter, the Camino de Santiago community (yes, we’re a community… just shy of a cult, probably) participates in a hashtag called #CaminoTuesday. This community event was created by Dr. Anne E. Bailey, a faculty member in the History department of the University of Oxford. She curates and announces the weekly theme, often getting ideas from community members who participate in the hashtag.

Michael, walking ahead of me amid behemoths on the Camino Frances (September, 2019).

This week’s theme is TREES. Gathering a few pics to share made me realize how much I love to photograph trees. They just might be my favourite subject, next to doors.

Trees make great frames in a photo, if you capture them just right…

Seeing the pics also forced me come to a final decision in regards to something I’ve been wavering on now for a few weeks. Should I carry my heavy camera with me when I walk the Caminho Portugues in mid-September. The answer, I now know, is YES. Whatever woes it causes, I’ll suffer the consequences of my decision for the sake of a slightly better picture than I would have gotten with my phone camera. My latest phone doesn’t take as good a picture as my previous phone, and I keep noticing this fact. Whenever I zoom in the slightest, my photos become a little grainy. I’d rather have the burden of the camera in my bag than have a phone filled with grainy photos.

Sunlight glinting through the trees is a favourite of mine. Especially a morning sun…

With just over two weeks to go before we head for Portugal, it took seeing these photos for me to come to the final decision about the camera. I hope I don’t regret it…but I believe I’d regret grainy photos more than the extra weight.

If you want to participate or follow along on the #CaminoTuesday offerings, just click on the hashtag on Twitter, or follow DR. ANNE E. BAILEY for the latest. Every Tuesday, year round.

By Kevin Craig

Author, Poet, Playwright. Author of The Camino Club, Billions of Beautiful Hearts, and Book of Dreams, all from Duet Books, the LGBTQ Young Adult imprint of Chicago Review Press. Other books: Pride Must Be A Place, Half Dead & Fully Broken, Burn Baby Burn Baby, The Reasons, Sebastian's Poet, and Summer on Fire.

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