Monday, June 9, 2008

Raleigh, NC

My friend and traveling companion for this trip, Sparkling Squirrel, is in an unusual competition with her family. The goal, to visit all of the state capitols first. This has been an long-term competition, and SS was able to gain an advantage this week - she is know the only one in her family to have visited Raleigh, North Carolina. The North Carolina capitol was only about a 30 minute drive from Durham, where we were staying for the conference. I was honored to be a part of her family tradition.

The capitol
The Presidents from North Carolina
An old water tower

At this conference (Annual Meeting for Economic Botany), I learned about iconography, and how it can inform us how about the use of plants in past cultures.

North Carolina Iconography
Live plants in Raleigh.

We had a fun side trip - only slightly getting lost. We have come to the conclusion that North Carolina does not feel the needs for signs, as we saw no signs for either Duke University or the State Capitol. Luckily, we were, eventually, able to find both.

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