Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Steel Tree

I featured this sculpture in a post last September, and with the trees starting to bud, I thought it was a good time to revisit. Tomorrow's another Theme Day, so I've got some work to do locating an appropriate photo.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Grillin' and Chillin'

Two weeks ago, it was warm enough to get out the grill and do up some steaks for St. Patrick's Day. Once the grill comes out, it's getting used as much as possible. These chicken breasts with Cattleman's barbecue sauce came out nice and tasty.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

March Surprise

It's often said that March "comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion". If that's the case, then we certainly had our visit from the lions last night. Four inches of wet, heavy snow made for a slow morning shoveling and a mildly sore back (for a while). By late afternoon, the sun had come back with a vengeance and cleaned and dried the walks. I sure hope that's the last time I have to drag the shovel out of the garage until the (very late) fall.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Arena Rock

Why is it that I'm always leaving the house without one of my cameras? Tonight, we were at the Bradley Center to see the Admirals lose 4-3 to the Iowa Chops in a shootout. While the game was exciting, the Ads should not have lost. After the game, the band Styx played for a good hour or more, and the 15000 or so in attendance had a great time listening to the classic rock and roll.

Friday, March 27, 2009

KK River

Just a nature shot today... this leaf was floating on just a few inches of clear water on the Kinnickinnic River. Have a great weekend, and stay warm and dry!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Helfaer Field

The Boys of Summer have a little less than 12 days before they start playing baseball. The real boys (and girls) playing baseball are practicing and waiting for the weather to warm up. Some of them will get to play at Helfaer Field, a little league stadium in the shadow of its big brother Miller Park. The folks that run Helfaer put on a good show, with announcers, a lighted scoreboard, and all the amenities that make the kids feel like they're somewhere special - and they are.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Polaris' End

After almost 30 years in business, the Polaris Restaurant at the top of the Milwaukee Hyatt will close on April 12th after serving Easter Brunch. The rotating dining room offered diners a full-circle view of the city, moving ever-so-slowly, but quickly enough that you knew you were moving. The hotel's signature restaurant will be moving to a ground-floor location, and the space left by the restaurant's closing will be available for special events.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Under New Management

A few weeks ago, the State Fair Board announced that the Milwaukee Mile is under new management. The off-season saw much maneuvering and posturing between the board and the old promoters, and it seemed at times that there might not be any racing this year. Fear not, the cars (and trucks) will be back. I just hope that ticket prices are good enough that I can get to one or more races this summer.

Monday, March 23, 2009

No Pancakes, Just Syrup

A couple weeks ago, a large dark spot appeared on the sidewalk in front of our house. I eventually figured out that it was caused by a large maple tree dripping sap. Ever since, our favorite neighborhood rodent has been paying regular visits to lap up whatever drippings he could get to. I would think that it would be much easier to just climb the tree and take a drink straight from the branch, but then again, I'm not a squirrel.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Signs of Spring

Birds are chirping, plants are sprouting, and sun is up earlier and setting later every day. This goose nest was on the Riverwalk last year... I'm wondering if mother goose will attempt to set up house in the same place again.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Foundry Worker

One more photo from the Man at Work series over at MSOE... I believe this one is "Foundry Worker with Ladle". I was out in the yard all day doing some work of my own. Tomorrow is supposed to be great as well... I hope so!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Pizza Time

When we don't have time to make dinner, Pizza is our favorite fallback option. Barbiere's Italian Inn is our favorite take-out pizza (and garlic bread). A perfect end to a less-than-perfect day.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


Tonight, we took a break from watching the NCAA men's basketball tournament to... go to dinner and watch some more hoops! We went to the Friday's Front Row restaurant at Miller Park and had a tasty meal while watching the game. I was looking for an appropriate shot for tonight's photo, and the bracket under this huge bat made for a perfect subject. If you're in a pool, good luck. I let someone else make my picks for me, and I'm doing ok so far!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

German-English Academy

Founded in 1851, the German-English Academy moved to this building downtown in 1891. In 1917, the school changed its name to Milwaukee University School in response to the anti-German sentiment during World War I. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is owned by MSOE and is currently used as office space by the school.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Irish Cultural Heritage Center

Happy St. Patrick's Day!! The Irish Cultural Heritage Center of Wisconsin is on located on Wisconsin Avenue near 21st Street. The building is an old Congregational church, and the stained glass looks gorgeous from the outside. I'll get inside and get some shots someday soon.

Monday, March 16, 2009


This miner stands atop the Grohmann Museum at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. With 11 other statues, they represent different industries and crafts. The centerpiece of the Grohmann is the Man at Work art collection, and these pieces certainly set the tone.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Atomic Records

It's the end of an era at Atomic Records. Today was their last day in business after 24 years of selling music on the east side. I stopped by just to see what was going on, and wound up leaving with a t-shirt and a promo photo of one of my favorite groups, as literally everything was being sold (almost). I was gone from Milwaukee for most of Atomic's life, but it's one of those stores that will be missed - a place where you could go to look for something, and always leave with something, but not necessarily what you went there for in the first place.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Mitchell Gallery of Flight

Back home tonight, and I wanted to get a picture of Milwaukee before the end of the day. Here's a shot of the Mitchell Gallery of Flight in the common area of the terminal at Mitchell Field. The gallery contains information about General Mitchell, the airport that bears his name, and connections between the city, state, and the aviation industry. It's not very large, but there's a lot of great exhibits. If you've got some time to kill at the airport, consider this free option.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Phoenix - Apache Trail

Today we took the Apache Trail from the east side of Phoenix through the Superstition Mountains and the Tonto National Forest. The sights were absolutely wonderful, and the weather was perfect. This photo was taken in Tortilla Flat, population 6. Headed home tomorrow... back to cooler weather!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Phoenix - Spring Training

Milwaukee Daily Photo is on vacation, and you're invited along!

Today, we went to the Brewers - Padres game in Maryvale, which ended in a 10-inning, 10-10 tie. It was fun to be at a spring training game, and see the interaction between coaches and players. In this photo, coach Don Money was taking some time to have a discussion with Hernan Iribarren. I don't know what they were talking about, but they both seemed to be having a good time.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Phoenix - Agave

Milwaukee Daily Photo is on vacation thru Saturday, and you're invited to come along!

Today, we went to the Phoenix Botanical Gardens to see the installation "The Nature of Glass" by artist Dale Chihuly. This display shows large glass sculptures mimicking the shape of the agave plants they are installed next to. There are quite a few pieces in the installation, and their color and shape make for a very attractive display among the plants.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Airport Gelato

At the airport this afternoon, getting ready to leave for Phoenix. There's been some renovations since I was here last, and they've added an Italian restaurant in the D Concourse. Bartolotta's Nonna is here, serving individual pizzas, pasta dishes, and salads. In addition, they have Gelato for dessert, and it looks delicious.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Bernie's Dugout

At Miller Park, Brewers mascot Bernie Brewer makes his home in Bernie's Dugout. When the Brewers hit a home run, Bernie slides down the yellow slide and cheers from the lower terrace. It's not quite time for the Brewers to make their first appearance at Miller Park, but it's getting close, and we're packing to leave for Spring Training tomorrow!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Good Day For A Duck...

It's been raining since sometime yesterday, and today it was heavy at times. I was out running around and found these two ducks paddling around in water that had accumulated in a low spot next to a parking lot. They wouldn't sit still long enough for me to get the camera phone out and try to snap a quick photo. As I sit here writing this, the rain has turned to snow, and is starting to come down pretty heavy. It will be interesting to see how long this lasts...

Saturday, March 7, 2009


On our recent trip to Cafe Hollander, we noticed a lot of men wearing kilts coming in and heading to the dining area on the second floor of the bar. Given Milwaukee's penchant for celebrating its many heritages, we really didn't think much of it. Until the bagpiper started playing. That certainly got the attention of everyone in the place, and just about everyone was wearing a smile while the music was filling the room.

Friday, March 6, 2009


These smokestacks stand alone in a park in the Menomonee River valley. Left (apparently) as a reminder of the time when the entire valley was bustling with manufacturing industries, the area is undergoing a renaissance, with many new businesses building facilities to replace those that are gone.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


One more shot from the Domes today... this one from the Tropical Dome. The temperature was somewhere close to 60 here today, so it sure felt tropical, at least compared to what we've had lately. Next week, we'll be taking Milwaukee Daily Photo on its first road trip, to Spring Training... after today, I'm ready to get on the plane and go!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


Walking into the Show Dome, I was greeted by a huge Azalea bush with these gorgeous, pink flowers. In the warm sun, looking at these flowers, I couldn't help but hope that spring was near.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Trains at the Domes

The Mitchell Park Domes are hosting their annual model railroad show through March 22nd. This year's theme is "Lego Land". In the center of the dome is a Lego railroad and many buildings made of the popular colorful bricks. There is an additional G-scale garden railway around the outside of this, meandering through the many plants and flowers on the floor of the dome.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Under Construction

This construction site is in the Menomonee River Valley, just east of Miller Park. I had stopped to shoot a couple lone smokestacks in the park across the street, but these beams standing alone caught my attention as I was driving off.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

March Theme Day - Glass

The March 2009 Theme Day is Glass

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

I featured the Mitchell Park Domes in an earlier post. Today, we get a look at one of the domes from the inside. The geometric patterns of the frame and glass panels looked great under the clear blue skies. I was enjoying the warmth and humidity of the Tropical dome, and was surprised that the Desert dome (where I took this photo) seemed cool. The Show dome was featuring a model train exhibit... more about that later in the week.