Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The One With The Beehive

It's not a surprise the beehive is a finalist for Utah's quarter design. It's already Utah's Official State Insect Colony. As a metaphor, it's pretty good. Everyone pitches in to build a nice community, everyone works hard, does his job, etc. So it's a solid pick for Utah's quarter. After all, we are "The Beehive State". It's comfortably respectable. It doesn't make you raise your eyebrows like the voyeuristic "Show Me State" of Missouri. But it's also not as mysterious and cool as Virginia's nickname, "Old Dominion". The design also features a Sego Lily, a flower that played a prominent part in Utah's settlement, but that no one has ever actually seen in person.

16 Comments:

Anonymous R. Cantrell said...

I've seen a couple.

Ate 'em.

1/25/2006 06:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But what about our state motto? Industry? Doesn't it deserve a mention on the quarter?

1/25/2006 06:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the state fish, the Rainbow Trout?

1/25/2006 06:26:00 PM  
Blogger Ethan said...

A Rainbow Trout quarter would have been sweeeet.

1/25/2006 06:39:00 PM  
Blogger Mike Jones said...

I saw some Sego Lillies on the south side of the San Rafael River just past the Little Grand Canyon of the San Rafael. It was about a 3 mile hike from the campground on the Buckhorn Wash road.

They were surprisingly beautiful in person and surprisingly tacky on the quarter.

1/25/2006 07:07:00 PM  
Blogger Charley Foster said...

It's an interesting choice. The idealized collective beehive or the idealized robber barron-era capitalism golden spike?

1/25/2006 07:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Meghan said...

Mike you don't have to go that far. I have seen them two years in a row on hikes up Ensign Peak.

1/25/2006 07:15:00 PM  
Anonymous slam smith said...

I'm personally disappointed that a designed featuring delicate arch didn't make it in the final designs.

1/25/2006 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger Reach Upward said...

The idealized beehive or the idealized robber-baron golden spike -- either one is better than the goofy snowboarder. Delicate Arch would have been nice, but the beehive is respectable. Those that don't see segos must not get out in the hills much. They're not that rare.

1/26/2006 07:24:00 AM  
Blogger Charley Foster said...

The snowboarder bites.

1/26/2006 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about an industrial trout? It could have three eyes and can be found in Utah Lake by Geneva.

1/26/2006 08:24:00 AM  
Blogger Simon J. said...

Utah's state fish is the Bonneville Cutthroat Trout.

1/26/2006 10:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reach Upward said...

"Those that don't see segos must not get out in the hills much. They're not that rare."

AGREED! Segos are ALL OVER!! If you've ever hiked up to Mount Olympus or Grandeur Peak, you've stumbled over hundreds of them.

1/28/2006 04:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the state hooker, Madeline.

1/30/2006 12:57:00 AM  
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