Sunday, January 31, 2010

One Sixty Four

One hundred and sixty four years ago today, the village of Milwaukee became a city. Happy Birthday to our city, and here's to another great year to come!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Boiler House

On Highland Avenue, the Blatz boiler house used to generate steam to power the brewery's operations. Today, it houses Stir Advertising and Marketing, but the original facade remains.

Friday, January 29, 2010


I was going through some photos for another project, and came across this picture from Summerfest last year. It reminded me of the recent news that the Summerfest folks had announced a new festival to be held at the lakefront, and they're holding a contest to name the new event and design a logo.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Blue Soldier

This statue is from a memorial to veterans of the Spanish-American War, located on Wisconsin Avenue near the library. The clear blue sky is great for the sunshine, but it is really cold this week.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Back to Bombers

A few weeks ago, I featured a photo inside of AJ Bombers. Today, a photo of the sign outside the bar and restaurant. Simple, effective, and to the point. I also love the warm glow of the neon.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Window on the City

This window is over an entrance to City Hall from Water Street. The recent renovations to the inside and outside of the building have resulted in a beautiful piece of architecture and history, and if you haven't been there recently, take the time and go.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Fogged In

The warmup this past weekend resulted in a heavy fog hanging over parts of the city. In this photo, the Wisconsin Center building disappears into the cloudbank, with the frozen river starting to thaw. The temperature drop expected this week should shock us back to winter, however.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Over the Seal

The south entrance to City Hall is comprised of three arches, with the entrance doors on the fourth side of the trapezoid. In the center of this area is a large replica of the city seal, with this light hanging over it. Milwaukee's date of incorporation is January 31st, and I'll feature a photo of the seal on that date.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Eckstein Hall

Eckstein Hall is one of the newest buildings on the Marquette campus, and will become the new home of the Law School at the university. The arc of the building follows the line of the street as well as the recently renovated Marquette freeway interchange. Traveling the freeway from I-43 southbound to I-94 westbound, you pass by the upper floors of the building, and it makes for a very interesting sight.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The Big Four-Oh

Congratulations to the folks at the Southeast Hockey Association of Wisconsin (SHAW) - this season marks their 40th anniversary of serving the youth of Milwaukee and the surrounding area, giving kids an opportunity to learn and play hockey. These kids were recently at the Bradley Center to skate an exhibition between periods at an Admirals game.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gone Fishin'

Just beyond the reach of the docks at the McKinley Marina, people ice fish in front of the breakwater, with the lake stretching to the horizon.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Slippery Shiny

Inside the breakwater, the water is protected from the waves out on the lake, and some of the effects of the wind. If it's cold enough, the water will freeze with an almost glass-like surface, allowing the sky and terrain to reflect off of it.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Westward Ho!

Through March 14th, the Show Dome at Mitchell Park will have their annual train showing amongst the flowers and plants. In addition, the Domes are also hosting Music Under Glass, a series of weeknight concerts featuring local bands.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Laughing Bear

My second job out of school was at Bear Automotive - they manufactured testing and maintenance equipment for cars and trucks. The "Laughing Bear" (well, that's what I called it, I'm not sure what it really was supposed to be) logo was featured prominently on the machines. Today's photo is a decal that was on one of the cars at the Miller Meet at the Milwaukee Mile this past summer. The Mile is having quite a bad streak of luck lately - there will be no IndyCar or NASCAR racing there this year, and the pipelines carrying a creek beneath the property are beginning to fail and need repair.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Frozen Footprints

We witnessed a strange phenomenon last night and this morning... the air temperature was warm enough to create fog, and it was cold enough to freeze at times. This created an effect where the fog froze in the air, and fell to the ground like snow. The result left everything with a film of ice that melted quickly when exposed to the sun or other heat (like a shoe). The result left telling footprints on the sidewalks, and made for some interesting driving at times.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Missed Opportunity

On my way home from downtown this afternoon, the setting sun was like a huge fireball descending into the horizon. By the time I could grab my camera and get to a decent vantage point, it had disappeared, leaving only a bright pink reflection on the clouds.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Blog Day: Best Photo of 2009

In the past, January 1 had been the Theme Day for our best photo. This year, today has been declared a Blog Day by the City Daily Photo community.

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I've taken some creative license with the theme day, as it gives me the opportunity to share some of my "other" photos. This is my best photo for 2009, regardless of location. Taken in Tortilla Flat, Arizona this past March, today's photo is a stereotypical desert scene. I really loved the color, scale, and variety in this photo, and it has definitely become one of my favorites.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


As the days get noticeably longer and the light in the evening is a little brighter, the shadows become more prominent. The branches of the bare trees stand out against the sky, reminding us that they're waiting for spring as well.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


The ice volcanoes are back along the lakeshore, accumulating in number and size while the weather is cold. It's a long way to summer, and the beach is returned to its more enjoyable state and the waves are lapping at the sand once again.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Curious Gnome

This gnome is in one of the stained glass panels at Best Place. He appears to be standing on a bench and savoring the aroma of a freshly-poured glass of beer.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Olympic Fever

The stockers at our local Pick and Save grocery store got a little enthusiastic with their stacking, and built this Olympic-sized display. I'll give them an 8.5 for creativity and a 7 for execution. Gold Caffeine-Free Diet Coke boxes would have helped. :)

Sunday, January 10, 2010


This footbridge is over the lagoon at Lakeshore State Park. The sunbursts in the metalwork are an eye-catching design.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Bombs Away

Dinner tonight was with friends at A J Bombers. The menu is simple (burgers and sides, for the most part), they have a good beer selection, and the atmosphere is definitely unique. Peanuts are delivered to your table via a system where they are loaded into "bombs" and slide down a tube into a bowl. In today's photo, a bomb is on its way to a target to dispense its snack payload.

Friday, January 8, 2010

No Lift Available

These snowboarders found a place to practice on one of the hills near the lakefront. Unfortunately, it was a long walk to the top after each ride.

Thursday, January 7, 2010


It's snowing a LOT outside right now, and the cleanup done a few hours ago has disappeared under a fresh cover of the white stuff. Today's photo is from Lake Park, and shows a group of picnic tables stored awaiting the spring melt.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Snow Cat II

We're expected to get some heavy snow tonight and tomorrow, and I'm looking forward to getting a little more snow cover. Our cat sculpture is lightly dusted, and in for some more. We'll see what awaits in the morning, and maybe our friend will be covered when it's all over.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


In 1846, Johann Braun opened City Brewery. Four years later, Valentin Blatz opened his brewery next door. In 1852, the two companies were merged after Braun passed away. By 1960, Blatz had been bought out by Pabst, the sale voided, and Pabst picked up the pieces left when Blatz closed. The beer is still available today, but the business is long gone, these buildings the only reminder of a once-great complex.

Monday, January 4, 2010


Located at the corner of Broadway and Juneau, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church has been a part of the community for 160 years. The large brick building is marked 1850 - 1900 on its cornerstone and in the German inscription above the large rose window. There is a more modern addition to the right of the chapel, and the church is apparently planning to expand again.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Kern Center

The Kern Center at MSOE has over 200,000 square feet of space for athletics, recreation, health, and wellness. There's a fieldhouse, ice rink, running track, weight room, and all the facilities necessary to support the athletes and visitors.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


The Blatz building on Highland has been converted to condominiums, but the outside of the building still shows evidence of its past.

Friday, January 1, 2010

January Theme Day - Changes

The January Theme Day is Changes.

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Usually, the first theme day of the year is our favorite photo of the previous twelve months. I found out quite late that this had changed, and was at a bit of a loss for what to use for today's post. While reviewing photos for the usual theme (look for that on the 15th), I came across this photo of an F-15 fighter and a P-51 from the air show at the lakefront. The "changes" in technology of all types certainly fits the theme. I hope you have a great 2010!