Last weekend we took my son to the capitol building in Sacramento to fill one of his merit badge requirements. We took a tour of the building. This is a picture of a stained glass window that shows the seal of California. According to the guide, this woman in the seal is the Roman Goddess Minerva. I can't remember the details, but her father had a headache and suddenly she was born from his head. Her depiction is used in the seal because California was a part of Mexica, and wasn't a US Territory. Then suddenly California was made a state, in the same way that Minerva was suddenly born. Okay, I hope that makes sense, I didn't tell it as good as the guide did.
This is a picture of inside of the dome. I think it is beautiful, and I love all of the small filligree details.
This is a painting of George Washington. There was also one of Lincoln, but my pictures didn't turn out well.
Here is a picture of my husband and son in front of the "Governator's Office" Wouldn't you know that when my camera battery is full, I DON'T see Gov. Shwarzenneger? The bear is our state animal.