Monday, August 31, 2009
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
Saturday, August 29, 2009
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
Thursday, August 27, 2009
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
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
Monday, August 24, 2009
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
Saturday, August 22, 2009
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
Thursday, August 20, 2009
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
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
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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
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
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
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
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
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
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
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.