Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gobs of Glass

These buildings along Plankinton Avenue just north of Wisconsin Avenue feature floor after floor of large uniform windows facing the street.

Monday, November 29, 2010


A wet, windy day today, and the only birds that seemed to enjoy flying were the gulls.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Lights and Lites

Now that we're through Thanksgiving and Black Friday, it's time to get your lights and decorations up and get ready for Christmas! The folks at Miller Brewing are holding their annual Holiday Lights show the next three weeks on Friday and Saturday nights. For those of you 21 and over, the tour includes the chance to taste a few samples of the company's products after the light show is over.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Window Dressing

The keystone and brickwork above this window in the Third Ward show that while the building was a warehouse, the architect and builder still cared about appearance. The craftsmanship and materials still endure today, and add to the variety of styles in the area.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Scales of Glass

The Calatrava-designed addition to the Art Museum is one of those gifts that just seems to keep on giving. Every time I look at a photo, I see something else that catches my eye. Today's photo is the roof, taken from the outside, with its glass panels reflecting the blue from the sky.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


At the Harley-Davidson Museum, there's a wall with hundreds of gas tanks from various models of their motorcycles. The variety of shapes and colors along with the sheer size of the display make for a great visual attention-grabber.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Friendlier Skies

With Thanksgiving on the way, a lot of people will be traveling by plane to visit family and friends. If they're passing through Mitchell Field, they might see this old pusher hanging from the ceiling. Whether you're taking planes, trains, or automobiles, safe travels this week!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

10 or 2

Enjoying a well-deserved beer after a long day's work, and this photo came across my screen, so here it is. One of the murals at Best Place, the caption says something about that it does not matter whether you arrive home at 10 or 2, your Frau will complain the same - so why worry?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Slice of Ice

Red Arrow Park's Slice of Ice
rink is tentatively scheduled to open on December 9th. Skating is free if you bring your own skates, or skates are available for rental. There's an indoor warming area available, and a Starbuck's is adjacent to the rink if you need a hot beverage.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Summerfest announced today that they will open one day earlier next year and be closed for the 4th of July. While I think closing on the 4th may be a good idea, opening on a Wednesday doesn't seem to be a real wise move. I guess we'll see once the attendance numbers are counted up.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


The recent wet weather was needed, even though it made preparing the yard for winter more work than necessary.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


On the East Side, the street lights are a little more fashionable than the run of the mill lamps found elsewhere. Like the harp lights, they recall a time when form was as important as function.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Alone against the blue sky, a dragonfly hovers and dodges in the breeze.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Under Way

A freight train heads west near 27th Street on the south side. I didn't get a chance to get to Trainfest this weekend to shoot any of the models on display, so we'll have to settle for a real train today.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


A cool rainy day, but one of the few left to get the yard work done. The Burning Bushes are in full song, with their red leaves and berries standing out in the drab tones of late fall.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Thank You

To all of our Veterans, both living and passed, Thank You for your service.

Today's Photo is from Wood National Cemetery.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Into The Blue

With the clocks changing last weekend, the sun is setting about the time I leave work, and the sky has been amazing. The leafless trees against the cloudless blue and pink of the horizon make for an interesting contrast.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ride Longer

This morning, a new bridge was opened on the Hank Aaron State Trail, extending the reach of the recreational path to the far west side of the city. Bikers, joggers, and walkers will enjoy the new addition, at least until the snow flies... and perhaps longer, for the die-hards.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

All Aboard

This year's edition of Trainfest will bring model railroad fans, young and old, to the Wisconsin Exposition Center. The show, which runs Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th, features layouts for viewing, hands-on demonstrations, and vendors of equipment and accessories.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Looking Up

The lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel has this neat artwork - I can't come up with a different name for it - hanging from the ceiling. Looking up into the lights, it almost feels like you're underwater looking up towards the surface.

Friday, November 5, 2010


Tonight, I was at the rink at the Kern Center to see the MSOE Raiders play the Lumberjacks of Northland College. The Raiders won 5-2, sending the home crowd home happy. The traditional post-game handshake line is shown in today's photo.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


This mosaic (along with 3 others) hangs at the West Allis Farmers Market. The detail and bright color in each one make for entertaining art.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Ghosts of Windows Past

The reflections off this bridge tender's house show the reflection of much larger, more ornate frames next door. It caught me by surprise when looking at this photo, and I might just have to go back and shoot this in better detail.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


The KK River is reduced to a brook along this stretch. The turning trees in the distance are reflected in the surface of the water.

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Theme Day: Public Transportation

The November Theme Day is Public Transportation

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

My first ride on the Milwaukee County Transit System was as a young child. On that ride, my mother, brother and I met my mother's sisters and all our cousins, and we rode the route that my grandfather drove on the day that he retired. We didn't live in the county, so riding the bus was a brand new, exciting experience.

Today's photo is one of the route signs close to home.