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).