Wanderings & observations


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.¬† 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).

18 responses

  1. the stories behind the photos add †so much to the reading and viewing pleasure! † yes, this represents joy, and his joy is infectious!


    December 29, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    • Good to hear from you Lisa! Internet’s a little better these days, right? Thanks!

      December 29, 2013 at 9:39 pm

  2. Nice picture and story!

    December 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm

  3. your wanderings bore fruit, or should I say vegetables! lovely picture and tale :)

    December 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm

  4. LOVE it!!! That smile just lights up the world! So cool that you wander in and blend… :D

    December 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm

  5. Absolute, pure happiness:) So wonderful!

    December 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

  6. Gorgeous – so joyous!

    December 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm

  7. The gentleman does seem quite joyful, Lynn. It was very nice of them to be so generous with their plants and you apparently are a good gardener to maintain them over the years.

    December 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    • Actually what they gave me was some kind of Thai basil I think, and it self seeded and went crazy, but I liked it anyway. Thanks for your thoughts –

      December 29, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  8. So expressive!
    A Happy New Year to you!

    December 29, 2013 at 10:32 pm

  9. Nice shot and a beautiful story to go with it! Grt post!

    December 30, 2013 at 12:54 am

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

    December 30, 2013 at 9:02 am

  12. Isn’t it wonderful to find these foreign communities in the midst of America? I love it! He certainly does look joyous. :-)

    December 30, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    • That’s true Cathy – it always excites me to find a whole world that it so “other” compared to my usual sights and sounds and smells.

      December 31, 2013 at 9:19 pm

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