Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

This structure stands on the grounds of the Harley-Davidson Museum downtown. It is one of a number of pieces that was kept intact to help lend to the "industrial" feel of the grounds surrounding the two buildings that house the museum's collection. I have no idea if the jack-o-lantern face is permanent or temporary, but it certainly is appropriate for today!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Sixth Street Viaduct

Carrying traffic between downtown and the Menomonee River valley, the Sixth Street Viaduct is the area's first cable-stay style bridge. Spanning over a half-mile, there are two movable sections for boat access; one on the Menomonee River, and one on the South Menomonee River Canal. Both functional and visually appealing, the bridge has been open since 2002, and is expected to last for 75 years.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kinnickinnic River

At the intersection of the KK River Parkway and 51st Street, a footbridge crosses over the river. As the water levels are very low right now, I was able to get down to a spot on the riverbed and get this picture from below the bridge. Tomorrow should be one of the best days of the week to get out and get some fresh air... do it while you can!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Quiet Tracks

These tracks run south from the main line just north of the Kinnickinnic Parkway across Oklahoma Avenue. They don't appear to be used very often, considering the high weeds between the rails and the fact that the rails are fairly rusty. There are a couple buildings with rail sidings near here, so I suspect that there are cars moving through from time to time.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Back In Business

The Mitchell Park Domes re-opened on October 20th after being closed for renovation. The three domes; Arid, Tropical, and Floral Show, were built between 1959 and 1967. The grand reopening will be on the evening of November 5th, and the domes will be open to the public, with free admission.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fall is here...

The temperatures dropped hard today, the wind was blowing, and the western suburbs saw the first snows of the season today. I was fortunate enough to get out this morning while it was still sunny and relatively warm and get some shooting time in. The thick blanket of leaves in some areas made for a seasonally appropriate subject. We haven't seen a lot of reds this year, so this maple leaf certainly stood out in the crowd of browns and yellows.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


A shoe polish company in the Third Ward? Yes, it is. The Harri Hoffman Company has been around for over a half-century, and is still going strong today. In addition to the Hoffco brand, they produce a number of other house brands, as well as doing private label manufacturing.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Watching the Watchers

I recently came across a sign that warned of "surveillance cameras in use"... while I'm really not concerned about being captured on camera, it does give me pause that we need to have areas patrolled via video 24 hours a day. This camera is part of a neighborhood watch program, and a number of these have been funded by local businesses to help keep an eye on certain areas. I guess if it helps to reduce crime (or at least catch the perps), it's not necessarily a bad idea. That said, I don't think it's a good idea to keep an eye on everyone all the time.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mother Goose on the Riverwalk

With the days getting shorter and colder, the sky is filled with the flocks of geese headed south for the winter. This mother goose spent the spring tending her eggs in this planter box on the riverwalk. If she and her flock are not spending the winter, the chicks are likely on their first migration.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Girl in the Moon

Legend says that the Girl in the Moon is Frederick Miller's granddaughter. As the logo for Miller High Life, she is prevalent in and around the Miller Valley. This rendering is on the back of the Miller High Life Cruiser, a vintage bus parked next to the gift shop that bears her name. The gift shop is also the start point for the brewery tours.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Neighborhood Sign: Avenues West

Located just to the west of downtown, the Avenues West neighborhood is home to Marquette University, The Rave, the Pabst Mansion, and the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center. The area has a significant student population, and hosts a number of retail and commercial businesses.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Marcus Center - River Side

This fence is on the river side of the Marcus Center. Its top rail is formed in a repeating wave pattern, and offers the eye in a diversion on the long stretch of sidewalk. The small park-like area in this space makes for a relaxing spot to hang out and watch the river traffic when the weather is nice.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Journal / Sentinel

For over 100 years, Milwaukee had two newspapers; the Sentinel (founded in 1837), and the Journal (founded 1882). In 1962, the Journal purchased the Sentinel, publishing the Sentinel in the morning and the Journal in the evening. In 1995, the papers were merged, and the Journal Sentinel became Milwaukee's major daily newspaper. Personally, I miss reading the Green Sheet every day.

Personal note: according to Blogger, this is post #100. In some ways, it came a lot quicker than I expected. In others, it was a very long time coming.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame

The Wisconsin Athletic Walk of Fame is next to the Milwaukee Arena on 4th Street between Kilbourn and State Streets. The Walk honors the achievements of Wisconsin's premier athletes, as well as those who have contributed to the sporting experience; managers, coaches, announcers, and sponsors. In addition to the obvious, there are some unexpected names among the dozens of names found here.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Oak Leaf Trail

Comprising over 100 miles of trails in the county, the Oak Leaf Trail runs through the city, creating a set of paths for hikers and bikers. Originally founded in 1939, it has been added to throughout the years, and more expansions are planned.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Luke, the Parking Meter

A couple years ago, the city started to replace traditional coin-fed parking meters with a machine for every eleven spots or so. Called Luke, you plug a number for your spot into the machine, and pre-pay your time for the spot. It's convenient to use, as you don't have to fish around for change. It takes credit and debit cards, cash, and yes, even coins. There were some complaints of machines being down as the system was rolled out, but it seems to be working well every time I need it.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Milwaukee Theatre

Originally erected in 1908, the Milwaukee Auditorium was one of the first large performance spaces in the city. Between 2000 and 2003, the facility was renovated into a first-class theatre for the performing arts. Known today as the Milwaukee Theatre, there is seating up to 4,100 spectators for stage acts of all kinds.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Neighborhood Sign: Concordia

Bordered by Highland Avenue on the north, Wisconsin Avenue on the south, 27th Street on the east and 35th Street on the west, the Concordia neighborhood was home to the city's elite in the early 20th Century. The area fell into disrepair in the second half of the 1900's, and began its renaissance in the 80's. The area got its name from Concordia College, which is now the Indian Community School. The neighborhood is also home to the first nationally recognized Bed and Breakfast district in the country.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Turner Hall

Located on 4th Street across from the Bradley Center, Turner Hall has been part of the Milwaukee landscape since 1883. The "Turners" were a society of German immigrants and exiles, and used the hall for social, cultural and athletic gatherings. You can read more about the history of the Turners on their website.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Whale Wall - What's Left

Artist Wyland painted one of his whale murals on the side of the Courthouse Annex in 1997. In 2004, the Annex was razed in conjunction with the Marquette Interchange reconstruction. This led to the artist claiming that the mural was protected by federal law. Milwaukee County subsequently produced documents showing that the protections were invalid. A small part of the mural was preserved, and is now mounted on the wall next to I-43 just south of State Street.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Wisconsin Avenue Bridge

This is the bridge tender's station on the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge over the Milwaukee River. The white stone surface of the tower has become stained green over time from the water that has dripped from the copper roof. To the right of the tower, you can see one of the traffic barricades that drops when the bridge is about to open.

Friday, October 10, 2008

St. John's - Daytime

Back in July, I posted a night shot of St. John the Evangelist Cathedral. This photo was taken a few hours eariler that same day, and you can see a lot more detail. Yes, I'm "mailing it in" today... getting over a nasty head cold, and just don't have it in me to be creative. :)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cream City Brick

The deposits of red clay in the Milwaukee area are generally higher in lime and sulfur content than usual. As a result, the bricks made with the clay took on a creamy, yellow hue when fired. Cream City brick was used in many buildings in the area, and gives many buildings a color not found elsewhere. One problem with the brick is that it tends to absorb pollutants, turning the buildings dark over time.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Lakeshore State Park

Wisconsin's newest state park is Lakeshore State Park, located just off the Maier Festival Grounds. A large man-made peninsula protects a marina offering overnight mooring (by reservation). A multi-use trail is planned to connect to the Hank Aaron Trail and the Oak Leaf Trail, creating a path for hikers from the lakefront to the Mississippi River on the west side of the state. While amenities are currently limited, plans call for a visitor center with public restrooms and showers for overnight boaters.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Ex Stasis

Richard Lippold (1915-2002) was born and raised in Milwaukee, and studied industrial design at the Art Institute of Chicago. He returned to Milwaukee for a brief period, teaching art at the Layton School of Art, eventually winding up in New York. His works are featured in such prominent places as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Avery Fisher Hall in New York, and the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

The piece above is "Ex Statis", and sits in front of the Alumni Memorial Union at Marquette University, originally shown in Venice in 1988.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Big Wheel

I saw this bicyclist out for a ride a couple weeks ago. It looked like he was concentrating pretty hard on staying upright, so I wasn't about to try to stop him and ask a bunch of questions. If I had the chance, I probably would have asked where you go about getting a replacement tire or innertube when you get a flat... perhaps the front tire is solid? Does anyone know?

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Halloween Express

This giant pumpkin in the parking lot at the Pettit Center is a store for Halloween Express. The pumpkin went up around the middle of September, and will be around until a week or so after Halloween. They sell costumes, wigs, makeup, accessories, and just about anything else you need for your end-of-October parties.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Bras for a Cause

Driving home from work yesterday, I saw this as I exited the freeway, and couldn't figure it out at first. Once I got closer, I figured it out. WKTI (a local FM radio station) and the American Cancer Society teamed up to run Bras for a Cause, an event to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bras were strung from a cable suspended between two cranes, creating an attention-getting display. Donated bras will be professionally cleaned and donated to women's shelters in the area.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Miller Valley

After yesterday's post, I guess I should explain a little more about Miller Valley. On State Street between 38th Street on the east end and 45th Street on the west end, is the Miller brewery, packaging, and distribution center. Frederick Miller purchased the Plank Road Brewery in 1855, located on this street, and memorialized in a building on the east end of the valley. As the business grew, more buildings were added, and today, the 7-block stretch is home of the largest remaining brewer in the state. If you've never taken a tour, I highly recommend it.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Miller Stables

This building sits in the heart of "Miller Valley", and was (apparently), the stables for the Miller Brewery. I suppose it makes sense that when they were delivering beer by horse-drawn wagon, they needed somewhere to put the horses. :) Today, the building appears to be a garage at the street level.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October Theme Day - Lines

The October 2008 Theme Day is Lines!

I was recently at the Wood National Cemetery (see last Wednesday's picture as well), and took this picture of just a few of the many gravestones there. While I did not know the theme for today's picture at the time, the symmetry and care taken to place each stone in its place made for a unique opportunity.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Here are links to all of this month's Theme Day participants:

Albuquerque (NM), USA by Helen, American Fork (UT), USA by Annie, Arradon, France by Alice, Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine, Aspen (CO), USA by IamMBB, Auckland, New Zealand by Baruch, Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar, Austin (TX), USA by LB, Avignon, France by Nathalie, Bandung, Indonesia by Bunyamin, Bandung, Indonesia by Eki Akhwan, Bandung, Indonesia by Harry Makertia, Barrow-in-Furness, UK by Enitharmon, Barton (VT), USA by Andree, Baziège, France by PaB, Belgrade, Serbia by BgdPic, Belgrade, Serbia by Bibi, Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA, Bicheno, Australia by Greg, Birmingham (AL), USA by VJ, Bogor, Indonesia by Gagah, Boston (MA), USA by Ilse, Boston (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston, Budapest, Hungary by agrajag, Budapest, Hungary by Isadora, Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt, Buenos Aires, Argentina by Karine, Canterbury, UK by Rose, Cape Town, South Africa by Kerry-Anne, Cape Town, South Africa by JSB, Cavite, Philippines by Steven Que, Château-Gontier, France by Laurent, Chateaubriant, France by trieulet, Chateaubriant, France by Bergson, Cheltenham, UK by Marley, Chennai, India by Ram N, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Durban, South Africa by CrazyCow, Edwardsville (IL), USA by Mdflores, Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA by Gigi, Franschhoek, South Africa by JSB, Geneva (IL), USA by Kelly, Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie, Greenville (SC), USA by Denton, Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Hamilton, New Zealand by Sakiwi, Hangzhou, China by zoe, Helsinki, Finland by PPusa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Honningsvag, Norway by J., Hyde, UK by Old Hyde, Hyde, UK by Gerald, Islip (NY), USA by Bettye, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jakarta, Indonesia by Santy, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Karwar, India by Yogesh, Knoxville (TN), USA by Knoxville Girl, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, La Antigua, Guatemala by Rudy, Lakewood (OH), USA by mouse, Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale, Las Vegas (NV), USA by Mo, Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl, Lodz, Poland by ritalounge, London, UK by Ham, London, UK by Mo, Madrid, Spain by Tr3nta, Mainz, Germany by JB, Manila, Philippines by Anthony, Manila, Philippines by Heyokity, Manila, Philippines by Hilda, Melbourne, Australia by John, Menton, France by Jilly, Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol, Middletown (MD), USA by Bernie, Milton, New Zealand by Milton Daily Photo, Milwaukee (WI), USA by karl, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg, Minneapolis (MN), USA by Scott, Molfetta, Italy by saretta, Monrovia (CA), USA by Keith, Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly, Monterrey, Mexico by rafa, Muizenberg, South Africa by Pentaxjunkie, Mumbai, India by MumbaiiteAnu, Mumbai, India by Kunalbhatia, Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben, New Delhi, India by Delhi Photo Diary, New York City (NY), USA by Kitty, New York City (NY), USA by Ming the Merciless, Norwich, UK by Goddess888, Orlando (FL), USA by OrlFla, Paderborn, Germany by Soemchen, Palos Verdes (CA), USA by tash, Paris, France by Eric, Paris, France by Elsa, Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben, Pasadena (CA), USA by Petrea, Pensacola (FL), USA by P J, Petoskey (MI), USA by Christie, Philadelphia (PA), USA by Andrew Foderaro, Phoenix (AZ), USA by Sharon, Pilisvörösvár, Hungary by Elise, Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar, Prague, Czech Republic by kakna, Quezon City, Philippines by ann pablo, Quincy (MA), USA by slim, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea by Jules, Ramsey, Isle of Man by babooshka, Reykjavik, Iceland by Vírgíll, Riga, Latvia by Riga Photos, Roanoke (VA), USA by Tanya, Rome, Italy by Giovanni, Rotterdam, Netherlands by Ineke, Rouen, France by Bbsato, Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter, Saigon, Vietnam by Simon, Saint Louis (MO), USA by Strangetastes, Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate, Salt Lake City (UT), USA by Eric, San Antonio (TX), USA by Kramer, San Diego (CA), USA by Felicia, San Francisco (CA), USA by Burd Zel Krai, San Francisco (CA), USA by PFranson, Schenectady (NY), USA by Buck, Seattle (WA), USA by Kim, Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck, Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound, Sequim (WA), USA by Eponabri, Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia, Setúbal, Portugal by Maria Elisa, Silver Spring (MD), USA by John, Singapore, Singapore by Keropok, Singapore, Singapore by Zannnie, Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia, South Pasadena (CA), USA by Laurie, Stanwood (WA), USA by MaryBeth, Stayton (OR), USA by Celine, Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo, Sunshine Coast, Australia by bitingmidge, Sydney, Australia by Ann, Sydney, Australia by Sally, Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo, Tacloban City, Philippines by agnesdv, Tamarindo, Costa Rica by David, Telluride (CO), USA by mtsrool, Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K, Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas, Test City (MA), USA by , Torun, Poland by Glenn, Toulouse, France by Julia, Turin, Italy by Livio, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Jazzy, Twin Cities (MN), USA by Slinger, Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2, Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin, Washington (DC), USA by D.C. 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