Taken almost ten years ago, this photograph shows a Laotian immigrant holding a vegetable from a kitchen garden on the grounds of a Laotian Buddhist temple in rural Connecticut. I had been exploring back roads one summer afternoon. When I came across the temple, I drove in, parked, and looked around wide eyed. It was a most amazing sight, this little piece of Laos in the middle of northern Connecticut’s pastoral landscape.ย  I began chatting (more or less!) with two members who were tending the temple and communal garden. They kindly insisted on giving me a bag of freshly dug herb plants, roots and all, which survived in my own garden for years.


The Daily Press Weekly Photo Challenge is to post a photograph that depicts Joy. There are plenty more images of joy here.

(The header photo is actually from a different place, the Dia Tang Vietnamese temple in Seattle).


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  2. Such pleasure and joy in growing and sustaining plants from seed or passed on by others and this man DOES look full of it ๐Ÿ™‚
    Would love some Basil to go crazy in my border .. far too wet Lol
    Happy New Year BB !


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