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Ladder 2737, a Fire Truck from Grayslake

Ladder 2737, a Fire Truck from Grayslake

Ladder 2737 from the Grayslake Fire Protection District. Model: 1999 Pierce Dash, pump: 2,000 gpm, tank: 500 gallon. Found in McHenry, Illinois.

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June 29, 2017
Glass Bottle Beach of the Dead Horse Bay

Glass Bottle Beach of the Dead Horse Bay

The coast of the Dead Horse Bay is scattered with bottles, jars, vials, and other glass containers. Less abundant are crockery, faience, porcelain, and rubber items. Probably other materials have not survived and completely decomposed. Some items were buried more than a hundred years ago. Recently I've learned that it is nicknamed “Glass Bottle Beach”. More #deadhorsebay photos.

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October 16, 2016
Piranhas at the New York Aquarium

Piranhas at the New York Aquarium

Red-bellied piranhas.

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September 17, 2016
Striped Searobin (Prionotus Evolans)

Striped Searobin (Prionotus Evolans)

This is a Striped Searobin (Prionotus Evolans) from the Triglidae family, commonly known as sea robins or gurnards.

Here are a few interesting things about sea robins. They make a croaking sound similar to a toad. Their skulls are fully armored and they have spines everywhere. They have spiny "legs" but they are not for walking. The "legs" are sensory organ used to search for food on the bottom. And look at these pectoral fins that look like wings.

How to catch: Sometimes you wish you knew how to not catch them. Striped Sea robins will take any bait and virtually any hook size.

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September 03, 2016
Mate - Coney Island Mermaid Parade, 2016

Mate - Coney Island Mermaid Parade, 2016

Coney Island Mermaid Parade, 2016.

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June 18, 2016
Growth of Manhattan I: Hudson Yards

Growth of Manhattan I: Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards is a large-scale redevelopment project. Soon this neighborhood will look differently.

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June 14, 2016
Scandinavian Modernism Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely

Scandinavian Modernism Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely

Scandinavian Modernism Mirrored and Reflected Infinitely, Josiah McElheny, 2005.
Hand-blown mirrored glass objects, transparent and industrial mirror, chrome, metal, wood, electric lighting.

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April 23, 2016
Moored Boat

Moored Boat

Moored boat bobs upon the waves of the ocean.

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July 13, 2015
Ordered Fishing Hooks from China

Ordered Fishing Hooks from China

Ordered fishing hooks from China. Apparently, they have a different size system. Who has an aquarium? Not too big fish please.

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September 01, 2014
Cloud Gate a.k.a. The Bean

Cloud Gate a.k.a. The Bean

Chicago’s Millennium Park, Cloud Gate – a public sculpture, for obvious reasons, referred to by locals as “The Bean”.

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December 28, 2011
Big Red Foot, Chicago

Big Red Foot, Chicago

Big Red Foot at St James Episcopal Church, Chicago, IL. Very little
information about this on the Internet, but I think it is a public
sculpture by Mary Seyfarth, and, as I understand - it is nonstationary - can be in other place when you see it next time.

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December 24, 2011