Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sun Plus Rain...

...equals me mowing the lawn for the first time this year. I need to do it soon!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bridge Bell

Cast by the Meneely Bell Company in 1924, this bell sits atop one of the bridge tender lookouts on the Water Street bridge. The lookout was featured in an earlier post here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

No Free Parking

This parking lot on Water Street still collects its money the old-fashioned way - by trusting its customers to fold up a couple dollar bills and stuff them into this payment box. There's even instructions on how to fold up the bills and use your key to help insert the money. Upon close inspection, you must really need to work hard to get the money folded small enough to fit!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Milwaukee Public Museum

The Milwaukee Public Museum is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The roots of the museum are connected to some recent photos; the German-English Academy, and the Public Library, both of which housed the museum's collections prior to its current home. The sculpture of a Native American and wild swans in flight that hangs on the side of the building was created by Marshall M. Fredericks.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


The rains came yesterday afternoon, and appear to have stopped. Combined with the heat from Friday, the grass has greened up, the plants are starting to come out of the ground with a sense of urgency, and the front yard is flooded. The puddle on our front walk reflected the tree above, and the drops coming off the tree made for today's photo op.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


One more photo from last night's minor league game at Miller Park. Brett Lawrie was the first-round pick of the Brewers last year, and he's currently stationed with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Brewers A-league farm team. Let's hope a chance to play in Milwaukee gives him the motivation necessary to get to the "show" and play for the Brewers.

Friday, April 24, 2009


Tonight at Miller Park, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers beat the Peoria Chiefs, 5-3. Fang, the Rattlers' mascot, was there along with his big-league counterpart, Bernie Brewer. The game was exciting, the between-inning entertainment was a little unique, and everyone seemed to go home with a smile.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wisconsin Club

Founded in 1891 as an organization to promote German-American fellowship, the Deutscher Club eventually found a home at the former Mitchell residence on Wisconsin Avenue, and became the Wisconsin Club. The building above is called a Belvedere, and was constructed to give Alexander Mitchell a place to sit and view the gardens on his property.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Leopold Bench

Happy Earth Day! If you know your conservation, you should know of Aldo Leopold. A resident of Wisconsin, conservationist, and writer, Leopold also designed the bench seen above. A simple assembly of six pieces of wood, it is functional and comfortable (though it sure doesn't look like it at first glance). This bench is in Lake Park just across from the lakefront.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Father of Our Country

This statue of a woman and child are part of the memorial to George Washington on Wisconsin Avenue. The woman is gesturing at the statue, seemingly explaining the importance of General Washington to the child. They add a unique accent to what is otherwise a fairly plain statue.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fire Truck Skeleton

Behind the fire station on 1st and Virginia, there's a fenced-0ff area where a number of old fire trucks and ambulances are parked. It's apparent from the way the wheels are sunk into the dirt that many of these vehicles have been there for quite some time. They are missing parts and do not seem to be in any useful condition. I guess the real question I have is why are they there?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Wet Robin

I was thinking that it would be appropriate to get a picture of a robin, since they've returned in droves. Because it was raining today, I was going to pass on the challenge, but chance presented me with the perfect opportunity. This robin was sitting on our patio underneath a set of washtubs we use as a makeshift cooler in the summer. He was sitting up on the frame off the ground, and he and a partner were waiting for worms to crawl from the wet ground on to the slab, and dining on the worms. Clever birds, for sure.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Neighborhood Sign: Walker's Point

Some of the previous week's photos were taken in the Walker's Point neighborhood. Founded by George Walker in June of 1835 as a fur trading post, Walker's settlement was combined with Juneautown and Kilbourntown to become the City of Milwaukee in 1846. Walker also contributed to the building of the city's first streetcar line in 1859.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Civil War Memorial

On Wisconsin Avenue near 9th Street, there's a collection of statues memorializing different events and organizations. One of these is the statue above, dedicated to the soldiers that served on the side of the Union in the Civil War.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

More Than A Book...

The dome at the main branch of the Milwaukee Public Library was a popular spot for the pigeons to hang out and sun themselves on a recent afternoon. The ornate stonework is beautiful, and I need to get back and take some more photos of this great building.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

This is NOT Chuck E Cheese

Dinner tonight was at Transfer, a Pizzeria and Cafe at the intersection of 1st and Mitchell. The building has at times served as a pharmacy and a George Webb's Restaurant, and was recently remodeled to fit its current clientele. The Garlic Lover's (above) was very tasty, and the Magic Hat #9 Ale was a great find as well.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Moon over Milwaukee

The Allen-Bradley Clock Tower is the largest four-faced clock in the world. It casts a bright light from its faces at night, and has been called the "Polish Moon", referring to the ethnicity of the neighborhood surrounding the plant. Now owned by Rockwell Automation, the plant makes electric controls for industry.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Surfin' Turf

This past weekend, the Vetter Denk building at the corner of 1st and Pittsburgh was host to a 30th anniversary retrospective of the Surfin' Turf skatepark, featuring photgraphs by Peter DiAntoni. As a teenager in the early 80's, I remember visiting the park once, but I didn't skate there. Living out in the far suburbs, we had to skate on whatever flat blacktop we could find. Seeing the beautiful concrete bowls and half-pipes and the talent of the skaters in the park was certainly something to behold.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


This doorway is on the northeast corner of the Skylight Antiques building on the corner of 1st Street and Mineral. The stonework is a leftover from when the building was an electric motor factory (CH&E was the name of the company). It's great to see this in such relatively good shape and that none of the subsequent building owners decided to remove the signage.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Sneak Thief

Under the railroad bridge on Pittsburgh Street just west of 1st Street, there are some small illustrations attached to the framing. This one appears to be done on a plastic cap from some sort of jug, and has a picture of a head with the words "Sneak Thief" written just above the head. It was certainly not what I was expecting to find in such a place, and quite a surprise at that.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Hometown Hero

I'll admit I took this photo at Spring Training in Phoenix, but it certainly fits today's needs. Ricky Weeks (above) hit a clutch 9th inning double and scored the winning run to propel the Brewers to a 4-3 win over the rival Chicago Cubs today at the Miller Park home opener. With a record of 2-2, let's hope the Crew can pull out a sweep this weekend and set the tone for another winning season.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bricks and Stones...

Back on March 18, I posted a photo of the German-English Academy. Today's photo is a detail of that same building. I really liked the contrast of the ornate stonework against the plain, brick chimney behind it.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Power Lines

These powerlines run parallel to the freeway from around 27th Street out to Wauwatosa (the poles in the foreground are near 74th Street, between Bluemound and the freeway). My mother grew up near here, and she says that this area used to be where the streetcars ran from downtown out to the western suburbs and beyond. We had light rail fifty or more years ago... perhaps we could figure out a way to reclaim the trolley tracks and make it work again?

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Budding Out

With the longer days and (slightly) warmer weather, the signs of spring continue to present themselves. These buds are on the lilac bush in our backyard, and presented nicely against the bright, clear blue sky.

Monday, April 6, 2009


After bringing my bike home yesterday, I was hoping it would be warmer and I could get out and ride. Intermittent flurries today put that out of my mind in a hurry. I caught this couple out riding a while ago, and the image kept popping up on my screen today while looking through photos.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bike Expo

This weekend was the 25th annual Wheel and Sprocket Bike Expo. The expo hall at State Fair Park was filled with bikes, bike accessories, and all other things on two (or three, or more) wheels. I walked out with a new bike myself, and will hopefully use it to prowl the town looking for new photo opportunities.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Maxie's Southern Comfort

Today's photo is the back door of Maxie's Southern Comfort restaurant. Specializing in southern cuisine and seafood, the tagline painted on the door certainly fits.

Friday, April 3, 2009


This angel is in the Marian Shrine on 68th Street. A small park with many religious sculptures, it's a place for Catholics to mediate and pray the rosary. I've driven past it a number of times, but tonight was my first actual visit to the shrine.

Thursday, April 2, 2009


The Sonic Drive-In restaurant on Miller Park Way has been open for over a month, so I thought I'd swing by and see how things were going. The huge line just to get into the parking lot was an indicator of the fact that it's still very popular. Perhaps it's because people are taking too much time trying to decide which of the more than 160,000 possible drink combinations to choose from.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Theme Day - Yellow

The April 2009 Theme Day is Yellow

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I was having some trouble coming up with a photo for today's theme, and came across this while going through my files. This immature sunflower certainly is yellow, and offers some hope for the coming spring.