Ben Shields , Sep 19, 2004; 03:34 p.m.
One option to consider may be the numerous university campuses in the area (UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State, Duke, etc.). Chapel Hill's campus is quite beautiful. I've taken some shots of the main campus and also of the botanical gardens just to the south. I hope to take some shots of the Duke Chapel at Duke Unviversity in Durham sometime soon. http://www.chapel.duke.edu/chapel/home/
Chapel Hill and Carrboro have a number of murals on the sides of downtown businesses which would make good shots early in the day or in the evening.
Also, do a few google searches for outdoor events in the area in the coming months. I've found most people to be very friendly here. Say hi and chat with them and you may get lucky for a couple shots.