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New England Photos

A photo essay of life,sights and history in New England. Including some of the lesser known things and some of the down-right obscure. A new photo added every one to two days. Click on the photos to see a larger picture. There are more pictures in the archive.


Monday, February 22, 2010

Happy Chickens

Leverett, MA - While looking for the Peace Pagoda I passed this stand selling eggs. I was intrigued with the "Happy Eggs" sign; so I stopped to take a photo. Just at that time the owner came by with another cooler full of eggs. I asked her for directions to the Peace Pagoda, which she informed me where to go.

She brought to my attention the, "Today the Chickens are Happy" sign. I forgot to ask her what makes the chickens happy and what sign does she post when they are not.

The Happy Chickens get to stroll around the yard.

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Happy Chickens

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New England Peace Pagoda

Leverett, MA - This is the New England Peace Pagoda, is the first Nipponzan-Myōhōji Peace Pagoda to be built in the US and was completed in 1986. This pagoda is a Buddhist stupa which is meant to focus people uniting them to search for world peace.

Not knowing what each of these statues represent or who they represent I will just give a very brief description; the statues are all on the pagoda. This one contains two Buddhist statues.

Standing Buddhist Statue.

Sitting Buddhist Statue.

Reclining Buddhist Statue.

All through the pagoda is a Lotus theme, the pagoda looks like a lotus, the statues look to be in lotus blossoms, even the stones around the pagoda have lotus flowers stamped in them.

The sign at the entrance.

The sign directing you to where the pagoda is, I noticed that stones were piled everywhere, even on this sign. I know it has some significances to Buddhists but I don't really know what it is.

This building is in the process of being built, I believe it will contain a prayer hall and living quarters for monks.

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New England Peace Pagoda

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New England Photos Extra - Maui Part 3

This is my last installment of the photos I took while on holiday in Maui.

How would you like this house? What a view, whales out your window and surf lulling you to sleep at night.

Another photo of the Haleakala Crater.(I had this photo for a screensaver for a while.

In the foreground of the photo in the rocks is Charles Lindbergh's grave. This church is on the road to Hana.

One of the waterfalls along the Road to Hana. It was raining that day so the area is misty.

Here is a Taro Farm; Taro root is what Poi is made of. Poi is the "starch" that Hawaiians eat. It is served at luaus and lets just say it is an acquired taste.

I took this photo from the Maui Mixed Plate Restaurant(great place to eat).

We went on a little tour and this woman, our tour guide, showed how to husk coconuts. I did learn something, coconut water, the liquid in a coconut should be clear not milky; if the water is milky it is bad.

Proof that I did go to Maui, this was taken by another tourist.

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New England Photos Extra - Maui Part 3

Sunday, February 07, 2010

New England Photos Extra - Maui Part 2

This is in Haleakala Crater, you can take a horseback ride down into the crater. As you can see it is rather dusty; this is the Sliding Sands Trail. The company that runs this particular ride is Pony Express Tours.

The Haleakala Silversword Plant is an endangered plant that grows on the Haleakala Volcano.

Along the Road to Hana, we stopped and I go this photo of the surf crashing on the volcanic rocks. It was raining so the sky was gray that day.

Red Crested Cardinals, this look cool but they are an introduced species to Hawaii.

I kept on seeing these "chickens" everywhere I went. I thought they may have been Feral Chickens, escapees from early farms. I did some research an found out the are Jungle Fowl, they are said to be early decedents of our domestic chickens. These Jungle Fowl may be crossing with feral chickens; they look like chickens to me. This one stood in the middle of the road and would not move for the cars.

On the way up to the Haleakala Crater and passed a handful of bicyclists; I took a quick photo of this guy as he reached to top. I have to hand it to these guys; the road up is at least 30 miles long and the elevation at the top is over 10,000 feet...all uphill.

Speaking of bicycles; at this one place along to road to Hana(which will remain anonymous)is a place that you can peddle this bicycle to run a generator which in turn runs a blender. I thought it would be real cool to have a smoothie that I generated the power for. BUT, the girl behind the counter would not serve us because she wanted her lunch(they don't close for lunch). She told us to come back when she was done. So, no fun, no exercise, no smoothie, no cool story, end of story. That is all I have to say about that.

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New England Photos Extra - Maui Part 2

Friday, February 05, 2010

New England Photos Extra - Maui

Hey There - Sorry I have not been blogging lately but I will try to catch up. I do have a excuse, at least for a week. My wife and I took a trip to Maui and caught up with my wife's sister and her husband who are there on holiday.

Here is a few photos I took when I was there; to keep with the New England theme I will post "One by land and two by sea".

Hakeakala Crater at 10,000 feet; inside a dormant volcano.

Breaching whale on a Whale Watch Boat.

Splash Down.

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New England Photos Extra - Maui
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