Botanical silhouettes of palm trees and papyrus are two of the images that I made from a recent visit to the Enid Haupt Conservatory of the New York Botanical Garden. The papyrus plant specifically drew my interest. This plant, once abundant along the banks of the Nile, usually grows 2-3 meters tall. Papyrus was quite versatile and was not only used in the production of paper but it was also used in the manufacture of boats, rope and baskets. However, the singularly most important and valuable product was the papyrus paper.