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Boll Weevil Monument, Alabama

We visited the US Botanic Garden’s annual “Season’s Greenings” display titled “Roadside Attractions” featuring plant-based recreations of iconic sights from across the United States, with G gauge model trains chugging around, below, through and above the displays.

The monument is a tribute to the boll weevil, which changed the agricultural history of Coffee County, Alabama. After boll weevils wiped out their cotton crops, famers turned to planting peanuts instead. They discovered that the Alabama climate was perfect for growing peanuts, and Coffee County soon became the leading peanut producer in the United States.

I must admit, I find it hilarious that this state would honor a pest like the boll weevil, but maybe not so surprising given what's going on there now with their Senate race...

Building materials include Harry Lauder’s walking stick, willow, gourds, palm bark, pine cone scales, turkeytail fungus, acorn caps, lotus pod, coconut, grape vine, baobab pods, mahogany pods, star anise and more.

Corn Palace, South Dakota, posted earlier:

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Julie Oldfield01-Dec-2017 02:54
Honoring the bug is a perfect fit! V
victorswan30-Nov-2017 15:11
Superior capture of the monumentel lamp Helen, and it is great to be able to read the whole story, very interesting BV
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal30-Nov-2017 07:45
What an amazing monument and a beautiful capture of it. V
Ton T.29-Nov-2017 14:21
A huge wevil! Beautiful image Helen V
bill friedlander29-Nov-2017 00:19
Excellent capture of the monument. The monument is so nicely crafted. V
janescottcumming28-Nov-2017 23:11
That is pretty bizarre but like you say not surprising considering the Senate race. Good shot. V
Graeme28-Nov-2017 22:42
A really beautiful lamp, Helen.V
Jim Coffman28-Nov-2017 22:30
That is so neat! Nice image, Helen...
Chris Morton28-Nov-2017 22:22
clever beetle
Jeff Real28-Nov-2017 22:19
I love the way you have captured this gorgeous art