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The Sidewalk at Sabbathday Lake

By handlerstudio  
Aside from Visiting Vinalhaven and our friend Rob in Phillips, we made a short visit to Sabbathday Lake, Maine, to visit for a bit with Brother Arnold, the Elder of the last living Shaker Village in the world. I had visited there twice last summer, once with my wife Karen, who ended up making a small ceramic tile project for the Shakers. These photos, and the ones I will upload tomorrow are a combination of two visits.

This image, in various photos I have taken, is my favorite spot in the Village. Roots from that tree had grown up above ground, and this is the (ever practical) and beautifully aesthetic solution they came up with.

Tags: Landscape and travel Shaker village

Voters: LynneJoyce, ColleenA, Hermanus and 12 more

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2013 4:46AM
A wonderful old tree and an innovative and sensitive solution with that bridge. Some lovely colours and textures in these images.

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
9 Sep 2013 5:03AM
Three lovely images Peter - a clever little bridge Smile V3 does it for me Smile I would love to visit with the Shakers - have heard of them and did not know they still existed Smile
There are five left in the world, Herman. It was great to visit with them, and to be becoming friends with Brother Arnold.

Good captures my choice V3. Well done.
S_Psharma 5 1 India
9 Sep 2013 5:58AM
Super images v2 looks to be best.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
9 Sep 2013 7:34AM
I do like the fact that whoever made the pathway has considered the growth of the tree with this unusual humpbacked section...

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
Bantu 4 7 1 India
9 Sep 2013 7:50AM
in depth photo
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
9 Sep 2013 10:32AM
Like their ingenuity Peter, never heard of this, is it a religion? If it is I could join you should see my hands! Now I have to use a tripod.




Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
9 Sep 2013 1:50PM
Most times the trees win. You just have to give in to them and let them have their way. And make do, like shown here.......Sandy
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
9 Sep 2013 1:55PM
This is most innovative, and very Shaker like

John and I are very fond of the Shaker designs, furniture very unlike what you make, would love to visit Sabbathday lake--- have been to various other villages, one close by as an interesting comparison-- Ephrata Cloisters---(not Shaker)

LOL to Trevor--don't think you could join, you need to be celibate HA HA which is why there are only 6 living members.
9 Sep 2013 3:06PM
Love the V 3.
dudler Plus
14 700 1340 England
9 Sep 2013 6:44PM

I think I'd choose a sideways diversion!
Potra 5 Venezuela
9 Sep 2013 10:45PM
I must google this...I am curious as a cat.
Thanks for sharing Peter!
Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 4:45PM
So simple and yet so clever Smile

Sue Smile

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