The Pipevine Swallowtail is found in Central and North America. The upper surface of the hindwings is an iridescent blue or blue green with pale, arrowhead markings. The underside of the hindwing has seven orange sub marginal spots surrounded by iridescent blue. Both surfaces of the forewings are black or dull blackish brown. The Pipevine Swallowtail can have a wingspan up to 3.5 inches (89mm).
The Eastern Comma is native to Northeastern America. This butterfly is seasonally variable. The upper side of the summer form's hindwings are all black, whereas the winter forms hindwings are reddish orange. The underside of both forms is striped with dark and light brown. There is a silvery comma mark in the middle of the hindwing in both forms. Its wingspan is 4.5–6.4 cm (1.8–2.5 in).
The Mourning Cloak is a large butterfly native to Eurasia and North America. This powerful flier is sometimes found in areas far from its usual range during migration. The Mourning Cloak has a lifespan of 11-12 months, one of the most extensive lifespans for any butterfly.
The Tiger Swallowtail is native to eastern North America as well as Turkey. The male is yellow with four black “tiger stripes” on each forewing. Females may be either yellow or black, making them dimorphic. The yellow morph is similar to the male, but with a conspicuous band of blue spots along the hindwing, while the dark morph is almost completely black. This model is based off of the female yellow morph.
The Buckeye is found in southern Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia; all parts of the United States except the Northwest.. The bold pattern of eyespots and white bars on the upper wing surface is distinctive in much of its range. The eyespots likely serve to startle or distract predators, especially young birds.
China Clipper (NC14716) was the first of three Martin M-130 four-engine flying boats built for Pan American Airways. In November of 1935 it was used to inaugurate the first commercial transpacific air service from San Francisco to Manila by way of Honolulu, Midway and Wake Island. It continued to fly the Pacific for the next eight years carrying approximately 3,500 passengers and 750,000 lbs of mail and freight.
The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center of New York opened in 1986. Named after Senator Jacob K. Javits (US Senator District 1957-1981), the glass-enclosed building was designed by I.M. Pei & Partners. Javits is the busiest convention center in the United States attracting top tradeshows and hosting more than 2.5 million visitors annually. In 2013 the Center completed a major renovation that includes a new roof, replacement of the exterior glass wall, upgrades to the mechanical and electrical systems and interior reconfigurations. Designed by Javits II Architecture, LLC, the renovation has enhanced the visitor experience and the building’s operational efficiency while remaining true to the original design concepts.
Ferries form a part of the public transport systems of many waterside cities and islands. The world’s busiest ferry route is the Staten Island Ferry which shuttles commuters between Manhattan and Staten Island in New York City. However, the Washington State Ferry system operates the largest ferry fleet in the United States with 22 ferries that cross Puget Sound and its inland waterways, carrying over 23 million passengers.
The Tower of the Americas is a 750-foot observation tower/restaurant on the southeastern edge of Downtown San Antonio, Texas, USA. The tower was built as the theme structure of the 1968 World's Fair. It was the tallest observation tower in the United States until 1996 when the Las Vegas Stratosphere Tower was completed.
Located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, DC, was opened in 1971. It is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year.
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence. Upon the bell read the words "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." It weighs 2,080 pounds and is suspended from what is believed to be its original yoke, made of American elm.
This bird house is modeled after a wren’s ideal home. Wrens aren't picky about their homes and will nest in small, plain houses. Just make sure the entry holes measure about 1 inch in diameter to let the wrens in and keep predators out.
The Washington Monument, located in Washington, D.C., was built to commemorate General George Washington, the first president of the USA. When completed in 1848 it was the world’s tallest stone structure until the completion of the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1889.
The Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay crosses the Sacramento River in the heart of Redding, California. Designed by world-renowned architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava, the bridge links the 300-acre north and south campuses of Turtle Bay Exploration Park. It has served as the downtown entrance to Redding’s extensive Sacramento River Trail system since it’s July 4, 2004 opening. The bridge celebrates human creativity and ingenuity, important themes of Turtle Bay. The steel, glass, and granite span evokes a sense of weightlessness and the translucent, non-skid decking provides for spectacular viewing at night, while being environmentally sensitive. The pylon, cable stays, and glass deck preserve salmon-spawning habitat beneath the bridge, while encouraging public appreciation for the river.
This iconic structure located in Auckland City, New Zealand is an observation and telecommunications tower and is also part of the SKYCITY Auckland casino complex. Standing at a height of 328 meters (1,076 feet) it is the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere and attracts over 500,000 visitors per year.
Arc de Triomphe was inspired by Napoleon who after his Austerlitz victory on December 2nd 1805 said to his soldiers, "You will return home through archs of triumph". The monument, located in Paris, stands 50 meters high by 45 meters wide by 22 meters deep