Monday, August 31, 2009

River Gems

As part of his "River Gems" installation along the Riverwalk, John Ready has mounted decorations on many of the lamp posts in the area. Assembled from pots, pans, and other found objects, they add some whimsical points of interest where there are usually none.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Time Capsule

The cafeteria at Usinger's Sausage can be seen from the Riverwalk. It is a well-preserved trip back in time, with its color scheme, linoleum floor, and space-age fiberglass chairs.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Framing Place

As part of its Park East Corridor Project, IN:SITE has installed temporary public art pieces throughout the former freeway. This piece is called "Framing Place", and is one of four similar frames created by Chris Bach and Cat Pham. By looking through the holes in the boards, you see a selected section of Park East scenery.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Ballerina and Cow

As promised, here is the reverse side of the sculpture featured in yesterday's photo. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Cow and Ballerina

Schomer Lichtner
sure loved ballerinas... and cows. Much the local artist's work features the two together, such as this piece, "Dancing Through Life", in Pere Marquette Park. The other side of this sculpture features a very different paint scheme, and I'll feature it tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rock Bottom II

It was a little chilly downtown this evening, and that was evident by the attendance at the outdoor bar at Rock Bottom. One lone couple was sitting at the bar, and they had the complete attention of the bartender. I hope they tipped well!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Looking skyward from the river near Wisconsin Avenue. The buildings silhouette against the evening sky make for a study in light and reflection.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Olympic Dentist

I've posted a picture of the Walk of Fame before, but this is the first plaque from that location on the blog. While reading the descriptions, this one caught my eye, as we had never been taught in school that a Dentist from Wisconsin had accomplished such feats at the Olympics. We all knew of the Heidens, but this was certainly a surprise.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Roman Coin

Regano's Roman Coin on Brady Street has a great old Blatz sign above the front door. Originally built as a Pabst tavern, the building was designed by the same architect that designed the Pabst Theatre.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Happy to Serve You

One of our favorite foods this time of year is roasted Sweet Corn. It's served at many of the fairs and festivals. Today's photo is of the New Berlin Lions' booth at the State Fair, and this young lady seems to be thoroughly enjoying her role dipping the ears in melted corn and serving them.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Happy Hog

This statue sits in front of a barbecue stand on Grandstand Avenue at State Fair Park. I have a feeling he wouldn't be so happy if he knew what he was selling. :)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sidewalk Seating

Well, it's not quite the sidewalk cafes of Paris, but we're slowly getting there. More and more pubs are restaurants are offering outdoor service, and when the weather's nice, it's great to sit outside and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. These tables were outside The Abbey Biercafe, and made for a nice sunny-day photo.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Purple Rain

We've been blessed with a week of perfect summer weather. This afternoon, it finally broke, and we're getting some much-needed rain. We've been waiting a couple weeks for a plant in our backyard to start blooming, as we had no idea what the blossoms would look like. Today, the flowers began to grace us with their presence, and their bright colors stood out in the grey of the cloudy dusk.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Princess and the Prize

As we were walking through the livestock barns, a security guard was warning everyone to make way for something. As it passed, I could hardly believe my eyes... a young lady in full evening wear was leading her dairy cow through the building on the way back from showing in the Coliseum. This must have been a VERY big moment for her.

Monday, August 17, 2009


This lady was at the fair, dressed as a dragonfly and on stilts. She floated above the crowd, her wings gracefully flapping in the breeze. The smile on her face shows she was having a good time, and many of the small children found her fascinating to watch.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Waiting For the Hook

As today is the last day of the State Fair, we went over to watch the final event in the Coliseum - the Heavyweight division of the Horse Pull Competition. Drivers sit on a bench on the back of a truck converted to a dynamometer, and the horses are hooked to the truck. In today's photo, a driver waits for his horses to be hooked up to take their try.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Peanut Butter Jelly Time!

I went to the State Fair today with the expectation that the Chocolate-Covered Bacon (on a stick, of course) was going to be the best thing I ate all day. While it wasn't bad, it wasn't the surprise that this deep-fried Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich on a stick was. Crunchy on the outside and sweet and gooey on the inside, the PB and grape jelly tasted awesome. Now, if I could only get one with crunchy peanut butter... :)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Shamrock Club

This weekend is Irish Fest in Milwaukee, one of the largest and best celebrations of Irish heritage in the country. A couple weeks back, I ran across this bagpipe band from the Shamrock Club of Milwaukee practicing in a parking lot. Sort of an impromptu concert, if you will.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Right Side Down

One more photo of the Thunderbirds from the air show last month. This high-speed pass by two performers was certainly a sight to behold as they flew straight and close.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


These kinetic sculptures are part of the displays outside Discovery World. The arcs are covered with small metal discs that wave in the breeze and create a hypnotizing shimmer.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Harley Tower

The Harley Stage at the Summerfest grounds have some interesting decor (or advertising, if you're a stickler for detail). This tower shows off some samples of Milwaukee Iron, and certainly catches your eye from a distance.

Monday, August 10, 2009

General Mitchell

Known primarily for his support for the development of military aviation, General William "Billy" Mitchell's name is on Milwaukee's airport. A Milwaukee native, he is buried here as well. He was also a proponent of commercial aviation in the 1920's and 30's.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Cream Puff

The Cream Puff is the signature food of the State Fair. A light pastry shell filled with whipped cream and covered with powdered sugar, it's a once-a-year treat that we look forward to every August.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Wood plus water plus time makes for an interesting subject. It looks like the bugs have had their turn at this stump as well, and it's probably only a matter of time before it's gone forever.

Friday, August 7, 2009


More likely to be categorized as a weed than a flower, the pale blue cornflowers present their blossoms just about anywhere that they're allowed to grow long enough, including many urban spaces.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

The Big Slide

Today is the first day of the Wisconsin State Fair, held in West Allis. The fair features everything you'd expect at a State Fair, including a midway, the barkers selling their wares, and plenty of delicious food. One constant is the Giant Slide, where people pay to ride down on a burlap bag. I must admit, it is fun, and at only a couple dollars, it is one of the best values at the fair.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Glass Pebble

Eyeing up these pebbles on the beach, I noticed an uncharacteristically white object. Turning it over, I found that it had a seal of some sort. It looks like a piece of glass from the bottom of a bottle, smoothed and roughed up by the rocks and water. The glass started as sand, so I guess it's only fair that it end there as well.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Palm Trees and Summer Breezes

It's been a while since we've seen a streak of warm summer weather, and it's going to be nice to have August be what we expect it to. We don't get palm trees here, unless they're indoors like these at the Mitchell Park Domes. Get out and enjoy the fresh air while it lasts!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Girl in the Moon II

I've showed you Miller's Girl in the Moon before, but not this version. This sculpture hangs in the caves at Miller (seen on the tour), and greets you as you watch a video of Frederick Miller discussing the history of the company.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Asian Ladybug

Well, I'm back, and my concerns about an internet connection seem to have been well-founded. Today's photo is an Asian ladybug that I found on a leaf while out shooting last week. As the name implies, it's not a native species to the area, but we certainly see a lot of them around here.