This unusual name is for the flowering plant I know as “blazing star.” I had never seen it in white, though. Taken at Chicago Botanic Gardens, July 2018 and posted for Cee’s Flower of the Day, 8/30/18.
This is the 3rd in my series of posts about state capitol buildings I have visited. Each one has something unique. We visited New Mexico’s state capitol in Santa Fe on June 12, 2018.
Santa Fe’s capitol does not have a dome but the building itself is round!
Actually it is built in the shape of the Zia sun symbol, which is also pictured on the New Mexico state flag and the floor of the rotunda inside the capitol.
The Zia tribe regards the Sun as sacred. Their symbol, a red circle with groups of rays pointing in four directions, is painted on ceremonial vases, drawn on the ground around campfires, and used to introduce newborns to the Sun (Wikipedia).
One of the straight hallways:
Although it doesn’t have a dome, the capitol does have a rotunda with a round stained glass panel, and a circle of lights, at the top.
We visited the Senate gallery and chamber.
The capitol building itself, as you can see from these pictures is relatively austere in décor – no fancy decoration as in other capitols. However, the hallways are covered with artwork by New Mexican artists as well as an art gallery with rotating exhibits. When we were there, there was an exhibit of the art faculty at Santa Fe Community College.
The artwork hanging in the halls was also interesting.
Outside the building, like other capitols, there are statues and sculptures. These, however, are quite unique and celebrate New Mexico’s Native American heritage.
I really liked this sculpture of children playing.
If you liked this post, you may wish to visit the others in my State Capitol series:
Bren at Ryan Photography has a weekly challenge “Photo for the Week” and this week the theme is country roads. I decided to focus on country roads in the mountains from our trip out west and on Route 66 in May/June.
The subject of Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week this week isdelicate.
Recently, I visited the butterfly exhibit at Chicago Botanic Gardens with my friend, Marcia. Marcia was wearing a Hawaiian blouse with blue flowers and a butterfly landed on it.
The butterfly stayed there quite awhile – the flower pattern was large and realistic enough that perhaps the butterfly thought it was a real flower at first.
Butterflies are delicate and beautiful creatures. Their wings are made of scales which help them fly and gives them their coloring, which may be used for camouflage or for attracting a mate. If you touch a butterfly’s wings, you might rub off some of the scales, but it is a myth that the butterfly will die if you do. If you handle it roughly, however, the loss of these delicate scales may cause it to fly differently or to lose some of its coloring.
It is best to enjoy these delicate insects by observing and photographing them, while allowing them to fly free!
Did you know that monarch butterflies, whose population had decreased dramatically in the past decade, are making a comeback? Monarch butterflies migrate each year from Mexico to the United States, as far north as the upper Midwest. They depend on milkweed to lay their eggs, but milkweed had been decimated in recent years due to the cutting down of roadside foliage and the creation of “managed” gardens. Now people are creating monarch friendly gardens, which include the things monarchs like: milkweed (there are several varieties), coneflowers, and Queen Anne’s lace, among other flowers. Because of this, I have been seeing monarchs in my own garden and around the neighborhood – the photo above was taken in my garden alongside our driveway.