Saturday, February 28, 2009

Sun Cat

It's still cold out, but the bright sun today melted off most of the flurries we got last night. Our cat was enjoying the free heat coming through our living room window by stretching out on the couch and soaking in the sun. I think Snow Cat may have been a little jealous.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Slip Slidin' Away

Yesterday's rain froze overnight, making the roads treacherous in places this morning. I passed this accident on my way to work. From that point on, everyone seemed to travel quite a bit slower.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cudahy Tower

Built between 1907 and 1928, Cudahy Tower is on Prospect Avenue downtown. With a prime location and view of the lake, the Tower is home to some of Milwaukee's well-heeled. Bacchus, a Bartolotta restaurant, can also be found there.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Frozen Beach

The sand was frozen solid when I took this photo down at the north end of Bradford Beach, but the wind had a chance to form the waves on the surface prior to it freezing.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


If you're reading this on your computer, there's a pretty good chance you have a QWERTY keyboard in front of you as well. For that, you can thank Christoper Latham Sholes, widely credited as the inventor of the typewriter, and designer of the keyboard. This plaque at the corner of 4th and State commemorates Sholes' contributions and his partners, as well as the location of the workshop where the work was done.

Monday, February 23, 2009

More Ice

It took a while to get in the mood, but I'm really into the possibilities that winter has to offer in terms of nature photography. The stark white of the snow and ice contrasted with the blue skies and water and the depth of the shadows really makes for some fun opportunities.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Let it Snow

What a difference a couple of days can make. Friday, the yard was virtually devoid of snow, except for a few small, persistent piles. Saturday morning, we woke to a handful of inches on the ground, and it snowed until sunset. This morning, the sun came out and was strong all day, melting and drying the spots that had been cleared.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


The Zoja Dance Studio in Jackson is running a production of the musical "Cats" this weekend in Menomonee Falls. Sunday's performance is at 2:00pm in the North Junior High Auditorium, and tickets are available at the door.

Friday, February 20, 2009

High School Hockey

This week was the regional round of the WIAA hockey tournament. Tonight, I was at University School of Milwaukee to referee a first round game in the Girls Tournament, where the USM co-op team beat the Rock County Fury 8-0. Immediately following, the USM boys team (above in blue) hosted Waupun, winning 7-1.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fish Out Of Water

These boats in storage at the McKinley Marina are waiting for the ice to thaw so they can get back out on the lake.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Safety and Health

Another photo from Milwaukee's largest brewery. This sign is on the front of the Stables building featured in a post from last October. I liked this sign the first time I shot it then, but the blowing snow in the background and the nighttime setting make for a more dramatic photo.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Winter Elections

Not nearly as publicized as last November's election, today was an election day throughout the state. With only a couple statewide posts and few local seats up for grabs, most of the votes seemed to be for primaries. I guess you can probably tell that I didn't get to the polls today.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Making Ice

Add snow, thaw, freeze, repeat...

Sunday, February 15, 2009


The various breakwaters on the lakefront use large rocks to calm the waves and make for a more sailable harbor. They also add some variety to an otherwise featureless land(?)scape.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


One more photo from our recent trip to the art museum... This skylight has an organic form that really caught my eye. The way the light and the curves interact make you wonder whether you're looking up, down or sideways.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Hefter Conference Center

The Edith S. Hefter Conference Center is part of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Originally built in 1916 for A. A. Schlesinger at a cost of $60,000, the building was eventually acquired by Milwaukee State Teachers College. The building on North Lake Drive was renovated in the early 1990's, and today serves as a center for meetings and special events.

Thursday, February 12, 2009


This decoration stands in the garden in our backyard. The metal support has a sunburst at the top with a molded glass center. The metallic tint of the glass reflects sunlight (or in this case, a flash) and colors the garden while the we wait for the flowers to bloom again.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Snow Dogs

When we were at the Dog Sled rides, these dogs were waiting their turn on the sled. After the last few days (59 degrees yesterday, rain today), I don't think they'll be pulling anyone on the snow for a while.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


This building at the corner of Prospect and Kilbourn looks similar to a building on Cathedral Square... so much so, that it was confusing when I was going through photos to post. The support wires on the bridge at the Art Museum are in the foreground of this photo.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Grimbergen Double

Another picture from our trip to Cafe Hollander a couple weeks ago... I'm a huge fan of Belgian Ales, and this one is no exception. Grimbergen Double is a great ale, using a unique combination of malts and a second fermentation. The result is an aroma that pleases the nose and a taste that goes well by itself or with food. As any Belgian fan knows, each brewery has its own glassware with a special shape and size, and of course, a logo!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

War Memorial

The motto of Milwaukee's War Memorial is "To Honor The Dead By Serving The Living". In addition to hosting community events, the building is available for private functions. Designed by Eero Saarinen, the building was started in 1955 and dedicated on Memorial Day in 1957. The mosaic on the west side of the museum shown here is by Edmund D. Lewandowski, and was installed in 1959.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Harry W. Schwartz

It was announced a few weeks ago that the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops will be closing at the end of March. For over 75 years, the shops have been a part of the community. The good news, if there is any, is that two of the shops will stay open under new identities, run by the current store managers.

Friday, February 6, 2009


Well, it's not really an iceberg, but it sure looks like one. The ice at the lakefront should diminish significantly this weekend, but it's still February. Just a year ago, we were dealing with over a foot of snow, and I don't think that winter's over by any stretch.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


The parking structure at Michigan Avenue and Lincoln Memorial Drive has enclosed staircases to transfer between the floors. Inside one of these staircases is a piece of graffiti / street art showing a person sitting and hunched over. I haven't heard of the artist, but the style is reminiscent of some others I have seen pictures of.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Picnic Tables

This line of picnic tables in the bright winter sun in Lake Park made for a study in shadows. With the warmup we're expecting over the next few days, it will be interesting to see how much snow is left a week from now.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Infinity... almost

I've featured the Calatrava-designed addition to the Milwaukee Art Museum in the past, but it's full of great opportunities for dramatic photos. These triangular structures support the roof over a passage between the pavilion and some of the galleries, and feature benches to sit and look out at the lake, or just rest your feet while browsing the museum.

Monday, February 2, 2009


Down at the McKinley marina, there's one lonely sailboat stuck in the ice. I don't know what circumstances caused that to happen, but it seems kind of strange that the marina's operators would allow the boat to stay there.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

February Theme Day - Paths and Passages

The February 2009 Theme Day is Paths and Passages.

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The Riverwalk is probably my favorite place to walk in Milwaukee. The variety of neighborhoods and places to just stop and watch the world go by make it a great place to relax and enjoy our city. While not yet complete, I look forward to being able to walk the entire length of the planned route.