Saturday, October 31, 2009

Candy Grab

Last night, we were fortunate to be invited to attend the Admirals game by our friends at the Westown Association. As part of the Halloween weekend festivities, they held a candy grab for a bunch of the kids in attendance who were in costume. In under a minute, the kids managed to clear a fairly large pile of candy pff the carpet, and head back to their seats with their spoils.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Decor

A few blocks over from our house, some neighbors have gone all out decorating their house and yard for Halloween. Ghost, goblins, and grave markers dot the landscape, and the whole scene is lit to enhance the mood. It will be interesting to see how many kids avoid the house tomorrow while trick-or-treating.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

High Life Cruiser

I've shown you the back of the High Life Cruiser in an earlier photo - this is a picture of the front of the bus that sits in front of the Miller Tour Center. It used to travel to events and had a pictorial history of the brewer, but I haven't seen it out and about for quite some time.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Speedy Cheese

The Brewers have the Racing Sausages, and the Admirals have the Merkt's Cheese Spread race. The cheeses (Port Wine, Beer Cheese, Sharp Cheddar, and Almond Swiss) lace on their skates and race two laps around the rink. Contact is apparently encouraged, and it can be an all-out battle at times.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Getting Ready

Our favorite rodents are at it again, packing food away and building nests for the winter. This guy looks like he's doing a fine job of putting on his winter coat and getting ready for the cold weather.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Flying Rat

Some people call pigeons "rats with wings". I can't really argue too much, I guess. This one, sunning itself on a bridge, has great coloring and patterns in its plumage. You won't see that on a rat.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Little Timberwolves

Another fan favorite at the Admirals game is watching the youth hockey players come out to show off their skills in front of the crowd. Last night, the kids from the SHAW Timberwolves were waiting at center ice for a coach to show up with a puck so they could begin to play.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Human Hockey Puck

Tonight was the Admirals home opener at the Bradley Center, and the home team won 3-2 in overtime. It was great to see hockey back in town for the season, and part of going to the game is enjoying the entertainment between periods. One activity is known as the "Human Hockey Puck", and involves using a giant slingshot to propel 3 lucky contestants down the ice in a plastic snow saucer. The winner is usually the one that knocks the most large inflatable pins down, but style points certainly figure into the fans' determination of the victor. In today's photo, we see the winner of tonight's competition displaying excellent skill and form.

Friday, October 23, 2009


I've shown a photo of the roof at the Mitchell Park domes before, but this is the first showing the top of the dome where the mechanicals are kept. The ventilation and lighting equipment looks like the center of a flower, and the arcs of the dome reaching out from the center almost look like the petals extending in a radial pattern. Kind of neat for a botanical building, hey?

Thursday, October 22, 2009


What Milwaukee's Sprecher Brewing lacks in (physical) size, it more than makes up for in taste and quality. This brewer on the north side of town creates great craft beers that should not be missed. Stop in for a brewery tour and sample some of their offerings in their indoor beer garden!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Folk Fair 2009

Just a reminder that this year's Folk Fair will be held on November 20-22 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park. The Fair will be marking its 66 year of celebrating many of the cultures that are represented in our area. Today's photo is of some of the dancers that performed at last year's fair.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fastest Ice in Town

This week, the Pettit National Ice Center will host some of the fastest skaters in the country as part of the tryouts for the US World Cup and 2010 Olympic teams. Races will be held on the 400 meter indoor oval.

Monday, October 19, 2009


Many of the parkways that meander throughout the county follow the paths of small rivers that wind their way through mostly residential areas. The sometimes expansive boulevards have trees that have matured to the point where they get as large as this maple, and the display of color in the fall makes for a great opportunity to drive, bike, or hike these roads.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Some of the stained glass at the Visitor Center at Best Place carry the theme of early American history. Today's photo appears to show Benjamin Franklin raising a tankard in toast.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Mercado Fresco

We've been wanting to get to El Fuego restaurant for a while now, and finally got the chance this afternoon. It's a large restaurant, but it's broken up into a number of different rooms and spaces to avoid feeling too large. The food was good, the prices more than reasonable, and the service was great. We'll definitely be back. If you're in the vicinity of the airport, stop by and check it out!

Friday, October 16, 2009

No Parking

I've featured Wolski's Tavern before, but this is the first time that their famous bumper sticker has made the daily photo. Seen around the world, this simple statement has become the catchphrase of a Milwaukee icon. You can get one, but you have to be in the bar at closing time.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Haggerty Hall

Haggerty Hall is located on the campus of Marquette University, and is one of the buildings in the College of Engineering, as evidenced by this crest above a doorway. This entrance is off a courtyard on the south side of the building, and cannot be seen from the street. If you're in the area, take some time to stroll around campus and look at the great buildings they have there.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Light Rail

The railing and walkway as seen from the parking structure towards the Art Museum. With all the attention the brise soleil gets, I figured the footbridge deserves some attention as well.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


The statue of Abraham Lincoln stands in silhouette among the flags next to the War Memorial.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Neighborhood Sign: Jackson Park

Adjacent to the park for which it is named, the Jackson Park neighborhood is bordered by 35th and 43rd Streets on the east and west, runs south from Lincoln to Morgan. Primarily a residential area, the tree-lined streets feature many homes constructed in the mid-20th century.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Alterra - Prospect

If you frequent the shops of Alterra Coffee, you know of their penchant for interesting design and use of recycled materials and buildings. This location on Prospect was once an auto parts store. As interesting on the inside as out, it's a great place to stop in and enjoy a warm beverage - and they have free wifi all day!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Happy Elf

This stained glass panel is in the Sternewirt (tour center) at Best Place. An elf (or gnome, or what-have-you) appears to be sleeping off his prodigious consumption of malted beverage.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Building 21

Like many of the buildings over in "Pabst City", building number 21 is waiting its turn to be restored and return to service. The amount of brick and stone work is incredible, and you really have to stop and think about how many man-hours went in to the construction of these huge buildings.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Ducks on the Pond

Caught these two out on the pond in Jackson Park. The weather's been nice when the sun is out, and not so much when it's cloudy and breezy. We finally turned the heat on today in anticipation of the cooler temps expected this weekend. Hopefully it stays nice enough to get some much-needed yardwork done in anticipation of the winter ahead.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Blown Down

Almost exactly one year ago, I published this photo of the giant pumpkin that serves as a Halloween store near our house. Last night, the high winds in the area tore the canopy open and caused the store to deflate on itself, causing a bit of a mess. I took this photo this morning on my way to work. The owners had a backup canopy in storage, and as of this evening the roof is back up. I suspect that they'll be cleaning up for a couple days, as the owner has stated that they hope to be back open this weekend.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Captain

I suppose that if I'm going to show you Pabst photos, I had better include one of the Captain. Frederick Pabst was a captain of a steamship on Lake Michigan when he met Jacob Best and his daughter. Long story short, Pabst married into the Best family, began to work in the family brewing business, and eventually grew Pabst into the largest brewer in the world. This statue of him is on display at Best Place.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pabst Mansion

In addition to the opening of Best Place yesterday, the folks at the Pabst Mansion were also helping out Hunger Task Force. I was told that no photos were allowed inside, so I was glad I got this photo of some of the exterior detail on the way to the tour.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Best Place

Today was a chance to get out of the house and do something good for someone else while getting some much-needed photography done. The folks at "Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery" were hosting a food drive and fund-raiser for the Hunger Task Force. In exchange for a donation, you could visit the former brewery's gift shop and take a tour of the recently renovated spaces. Thanks to owner and tour guide Jim Haertel for opening up and giving us a chance to see the good work you have done!

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Due to some technical difficulties (my laptop is current DOA on my desk, and I don't know when or how I'm going to get the data off of it), MKEDP may experience some minor interruptions over the next few days. Wish me luck!!

Today's photo is a shot from last year, so I don't know if the sculpture above is still in its place or not. Between 3rd Street and the River at the intersection of Juneau Avenue, there was a display of sculptures. This one was credited to Aaron Bezalel... doing a little research on Google, it looks like it may be by Aharon Bezalel.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Eastbound Freight

A Canadian Pacific freight train passes through downtown, just west of the Intermodal passenger station and under the 6th Street Viaduct.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

October Theme Day - Contrast

The October Theme Day is Contrast

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Today's photo is from my favorite place to observe the relationship between light and shadow - the Milwaukee Art Museum. The segmented frame of the roof casting their lines on the walls of the gallery make for a good fit for today's theme.