Thursday, August 14, 2008

Amazing type of orchid

Amazing type of orchid
Originally uploaded by macro808
At the beginning of the month, I went to the Hawaii State Farm Fair on the Bishop Museum grounds, where they had an open air farmer's market, games and rides for kids, animals like pigs, ponies, sheep, and chickens for the young people's 4-H projects, and a huge tent filled with exotic tropical plants for sale. There were several I had never seen before, such as this wonderful example in the photo. I can't recall the name, but there were several similar to this one in pink, white, and yellow. Amazing!!

For whatever reason, Monsanto was there at the event, after just purchasing thousands of acres of land on the North Shore, and it was frustrating to see them there. I had to walk away from their tent before I started spouting angry words. My friend spoke to them, however, and they had well-scripted BS answers to his questions about organic farming.

The 4-H projects reminded me of how I grew up in a rural part of the mainland US. The smells of hay and sounds of animals were comforting. Watching the newborn baby chicks popping out of their shells and the older ones scurrying around was very sweet.

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