Tennis is okay, right?
Union Square became state historical landmark on May 26, 1958.
The giraffe (Giraffa) is an African artiodactyl mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. It is traditionally considered to be one species, Giraffa camelopardalis, with nine subspecies. However, the existence of up to eight extant giraffe species has been described, based upon research into the mitochondrial and nuclear DNA, as well as morphological measurements of Giraffa. Seven other species are extinct, prehistoric species known from fossils.
The giraffe’s chief distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs, its horn-like ossicones, and its distinctive coat patterns. It is classified under the family Giraffidae, along with its closest extant relative, the okapi. Its scattered range extends from Chad in the north to South Africa in the south, and from Niger in the west to Somalia in the east. Giraffes usually inhabit savannahs and woodlands. Their food source is leaves, fruits and flowers of woody plants, primarily acacia species, which they browse at heights most other herbivores cannot reach. They may be preyed on by lions, leopards, spotted hyenas and African wild dogs. Giraffes live in herds of related females and their offspring, or bachelor herds of unrelated adult males, but are gregarious and may gather in large aggregations. Males establish social hierarchies through “necking”, which are combat bouts where the neck is used as a weapon. Dominant males gain mating access to females, which bear the sole responsibility for raising the young.
The giraffe has intrigued various cultures, both ancient and modern, for its peculiar appearance, and has often been featured in paintings, books, and cartoons. It is classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as vulnerable to extinction, and has been extirpated from many parts of its former range. Giraffes are still found in numerous national parks and game reserves but estimates as of 2016 indicate that there are approximately 97,500 members of Giraffa in the wild. More than 1,600 were kept in zoos in 2010.
150 North Riverside Plaza is a highrise building in Chicago, completed in 2017. The building is 51 stories tall. The building occupies a two-acre site on the west bank of the Chicago River, whose size and location demanded an unusually small base for the building. The building features 1.2 million square feet of leasable office space. Due to its unique superstructure design, it encompasses just 25 percent of the lot. In 2019, the building was given the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ highest award for design excellence.
As required by the city of Chicago for any new riverfront building, the developer was required to set aside part of the lot size for public park space. The remaining 75 percent of the project site is reserved for a public park, amphitheater, and riverwalk. The site is built with air rights over tracks that carry Metra and Amtrak trains into Chicago Union Station.
The building has achieved LEED gold and WiredScore Platinum certification.
The west side of the building features a lobby with a glass wall that is nearly 100 feet tall at its peak. The architect’s intention is to connect the interior and exterior visually.
One signature aspect of 150 North Riverside building is the way the office floors cantilever out from the central core. The building is constructed with a smaller base for a height of 8 stories (104 ft), but the building cantilevers out to the full size of the office floor space. This gives it a slenderness ratio of 1:20 at its base.
I opened the front door this morning to find this helpful character eating all the flowers off my rhododendrons. Well, I guess they needed trimming. :D
New Jersey, May 26, 2020.
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Film soup! I soaked this roll in kool-aid and lemon juice for a day. It’s got a bit of interesting weirdness going on, but next time I’ll let it marinate longer, or maybe make a stronger solution.
Modified Land Camera // Kodak Ektar 100
Hong Kong | 2017
Hong Kong Disneyland
Into her secret garden.
Madrid, Spain - 3/8/12
Madrid, Spain - 3/8/12