Canyoneering the steep canyons and boulder-strewn creeks of the Blue Ridge mountains around the Pisgah National Forest isn’t the way most people choose to go fishing. Well, Blue Ridge Outdoors contributor Graham Averill, BRO’s Dusty Allison and Tenkara USA‘s Daniel Galhardo aren’t your typical fishermen.They teamed up with Pura Vida Adventures and braved temps in the 30s and pouring rain to catch North Carolina native brook trout from tiny pools this weekend. Look for Averill’s full report in the July issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors, but here’s a sneak preview of their awesome adventure.
The new $20 million Amara Residences is bringing a new level of sophistication to the Bulimba riverfront.DRAWING inspiration from the classic Queenslander, the new $20 million Amara Residences at Bulimba aim to bring elegance to the riverfront.Award-winning Brisbane architectural firm BVN has taken the meaning of Amara — “peaceful and eternal” — and made the 13 residences not only a place of calm to escape the hustle of the city, but also given them a timeless twist.BVN associate Glenn Bliesner said Amara Residences design paid homage to the Queensland lifestyle while adding a new level of sophistication by creating design that was more like living in a home than an apartment.Amara Residences in Bulimba.He said they aimed to bridge the gap between living areas and the natural environment, adding touches such as an enclosed all-weather balcony that became its own room.“This is not a typical viewing balcony, it’s actually an extension of the kitchen,” Bliesner said.“It’s a multifunctional space that could even be used as a pool room or a second living room.“Because we all like a backyard, there’s a touch of this on every level in the alfresco areas next to the urban balconies where we have placed special grassed planters that serve both design and function.”Amara Residences is a mix of two, three and four-bedroom offerings, ranging from 93sq m to 197sq m and starting from $1.99 million.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours agoAmara Residences in Bulimba.The apartments use natural tones of timber, masonry and stone, softened with natural greenery.Full-length glass walls take advantage of the stunning river views, while extended ceiling heights up to 3.8m in some living spaces add to natural light and ventilation.PDS Group development manager Michael Sutherland, whose company is seeing the project through from inception to completion, said the McConnell Street site could have fitted a higher density development, but that didn’t fit with the companies vision to create a destination residence.“Luxury living areas, spacious outdoor areas, commanding riverfront views and privacy bring all the elements of an exclusive Queensland home on the river to the fore here,” Sutherland said.Cloistered lobbies give the privacy of a home entry while quality fittings and European appliances give the final touch of elegance.Ground-floor residences have their own plunge pools on the garden terrace, overlooking a grassed river walk that leads to the water’s edge.Sutherland said the residences had been designed specifically for owner occupiers, a sector of the market that was benefiting from rising interstate migration and empty nesters downsizing.All residences have built-in day beds in their master bedroom, while some ensuites feature deep freestanding bathtubs and all have spacious walk-in robes.Amara is a short walk from Bulimba’s wealth of retail and recreational facilities, and is close to the Apollo Road City Cat terminal.
Source: Sports Illustrated The Raptors are one win away from the NBA Finals after a 105–99 victory over the Bucks in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday, taking a 3–2 lead in the topsy-turvy series.Toronto has now won three straight—handing Milwaukee its first three-game losing streak of the season.The tenor of the matchup has completely changed since Game 3, turning into a slowed-down slugfest, and the Raptors have taken advantage of the Bucks’ struggles in the halfcourt to take the series lead.Kawhi Leonard was the best player on the floor in Game 5, scoring 35 points on 11-of-25 shooting, including 5-of-8 from three and 8-of-9 from the free throw line.Leonard has most benefited from the slower pace over the last three games. He’s getting looks he wants through isolations or forced switches, and managing to get himself to the charity stripe.As the game tightened in the fourth, Leonard did his best work, scoring 15 in the final frame. His play is rivaling Stephen Curry for best in the world at this current moment, and Leonard has been the most impactful player in the conference finals on both sides of the ball.Kawhi’s success stood in contrast to Giannis Antetokounmpo, who hasn’t looked like himself in this series. The Greek Freak scored 24 points on 9-of-18 shooting in Game 5, but that’s a far cry from his regular-season production.Giannis averaged nearly 28 points per game on close to 58% shooting before the postseason. In the conference finals, he’s averaging 23 points on 45.6% shooting. Toronto stuck Kawhi on Antetokounmpo starting in Game 3, and it’s led to some serious struggles for the MVP favorite.Giannis is clearly having issues being effective in the frontcourt, and his teammates aren’t bailing him out on kick-out passes.Milwaukee had a subpar game from beyond the arc Thursday, hitting 10-of-31 attempts, missing some good looks.Though Eric Bledsoe finally stepped up with a 20-point performance, Khris Middleton scored only six points on 2-of-9 shooting, and he and Brook Lopez combined to hit only one of their six three-point attempts.On the other side of the ball, the Raptors seemingly couldn’t miss from outside. Toronto shot nearly 42% from three, with a notable explosion from Fred VanVleet, who hit seven shots from deep. In a low-possession game, the Raptors’ huge night from three clearly swung the contest. Toronto outscored Milwaukee by 24 from downtown, and also hit 12 more free throws.The Raptors’ excellence in those areas offset their pitiful performance from inside, where they converted only 31.7% of their two-point attempts. Toronto shot only 36.9% from the field overall, but the Bucks were burned by their opponent’s three-point prowess.The Raptors deserve credit for how they’ve turned this series around. After trying to run with Milwaukee in the first two games, Toronto has committed to playing at its own pace over the last three.Even when the Bucks raced out to a 14-point lead early in the first quarter, the Raptors methodically chipped away as opposed to pushing the ball and trying to play fast. The patience paid off, as the Bucks couldn’t score as effectively when their transition and semi-transition opportunities went away.