Monday, May 31, 2010

Remember



Being Memorial Day, it's only fitting to remember those who gave their lives in service to our country. Today, I went to Wood Memorial Cemetery, walked the grounds, reading headstones and wondering about the people and stories contained there. Five Medal of Honor recipients are interred here, all of them from the Civil War.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lot Full



In addition to the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend signifies the start of the church festival season in Milwaukee. Tonight, we went to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in West Allis to see one of our favorite bands, and the motorcycle-only parking areas were full of bikes parked side-by-side.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Skipper



Brewers manager Ken Macha has been under some intense scrutiny the last few weeks as the team was in a nasty slump. Now that the team has won five of its last six games, we'll see how the fans and sports reporters react.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Planting Time



Memorial Day weekend means it's time to get the rest of the plants in the garden for the summer. We stopped by Hawks Nursery in Wauwatosa to pick up a few perennials to put in the ground, and some annuals to add some color to the patio and front yard. Their outdoor display of all the plants and accessories for sale is done very well, and makes you want to pull up a chair and just enjoy the space.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Shade



The underside of one of the bridges along the Riverwalk provides some needed shade and a visual distraction.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Aftermath



Last Friday, I featured a photo of the Nickelback concert at the Bradley Center. Today's photo is what the arena looks like 10 minutes after the show is over. The building is devoid of fans, the tear-down crew has already begun the job of getting the show to its next stop, and the cleanup of all the trash left behind is underway. Only the haze of the pyrotechnics remains in the air.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Batsman



A couple weeks ago, we hopped in the van, hit the road, and found ourselves in Louisville, Kentucky. At the end of the tour of the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, there's a photo mural of different players with quotes endorsing the factory's bats. I saw this picture of Robin Yount, and thought it might fit well here.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Angle of Reflection



The Art Museum and Mother Nature combine again to create an interesting play of light and steel. This past weekend, the Museum opened an exhibit of American quilts from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, which will be on display through September 6.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Think Cool



It was hot today, and quite humid in town. A neighbor and I were discussing which was worse - today, or winter. He took the position that he'd rather deal with the heat and not have to shovel snow. I don't necessarily love either extreme, but I think I prefer to deal with the cold, as it always seems like I'm plenty warm after shoveling for an hour. Today's photo is the Milwaukee River this past January, and just looking at it makes me feel better.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Waterless



I spent a good chunk of the day replacing a toilet at home, and was therefore inspired to make this photo today's selection.

These are waterless urinals at the Maier Festival Grounds, where Summerfest and other major festivals are held. While the concept is interesting, I don't know how they work. A plaque near the facilities explained that each fixture can save up to 40,000 gallons of water per year.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Rockstars



Tonight, the rock band Nickelback played the Bradley Center, and I was fortunate to be there. The band played one set out on the end of the extended stage. The concert featured a number of pieces of excellent stage and set work, including a drum set that appeared from a trap door in the floor. The pyrotechnics were incredible!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Curve



A long, graceful curve at the Marquette Interchange.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Blue Roof



The roof line of the Aloft hotel downtown draws attention with its bright blue color and distinctive shape. In the foreground is part of the bridge tender's building at the west end of the Knapp Street Bridge.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Topless



Down in the Menomonee Valley, this building stands, stripped of its roof. I believe it's one of the buildings to be used in the City Lights development. In its original life, it was used by the Milwaukee Gas Light Company to convert coal into gas for lighting.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Back to the Beach



Bradford Beach
officially opens for the season on Saturday, hosting a Beach Volleyball tournament. With the temperatures expected to be up, and the sun expected to be shining, it should be a good weekend to kick things off.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Robin



Only one of three players to become Most Valuable Player at two different positions, and enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1999, Robin Yount played his entire career with the Brewers, and his number was retired by the Brewers in 1994. This statue honoring his accomplishments is outside Miller Park.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Teamwork



On July 14, 1999, a crane collapsed at the Miller Park construction site, killing three men working on the project. Jeff Wischer, Bill DeGrave and Jerome Starr died in the accident, and they are remembered in this statue, "Teamwork" outside the park.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Hardball



These large concrete baseballs separate the parking lot from the pedestrian area near the entrance gates at Miller Park.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Braves



In the parking lot at Miller Park, there's this tribute to the Braves, the first Major League team to play in Milwaukee. Along with a list of all the players to play for the team, there's a list showing the 1957 World Series winners.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Twilight



Shadows from the benches lengthen in the setting sun near the ticket booths at Miller Park.

5.11.10 - Warning



I'm out "on assignment" for a few days, and had some problems getting yesterday's post up - so here it is, a few hours late. Let's hope the rest of the week goes better! :) Since I'm not around to get photos of Milwaukee, I pre-shot a bunch over at Miller Park last week. Get over there when there's not a game going on, and walk around and see everything the park has to offer.

Today's photo is of the warning signs posted around both Miller Park and Helfaer Field. A couple weeks back during the Cubs series, a young fan was struck in the head when the business end of a broken bat found his head. He's ok, and unfortunately still a Cubs fan.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Hammerin' Hank



Two statues in front of Miller Park pay tribute to two of the greatest baseball players to play for the home team. Today's photo is of the statue of Hank Aaron, who played for both the Braves (1954 - '65) and the Brewers ('75 - '76). An average of over .300, the all time home run king, and leader in extra-base hits are just a few of his accomplishments.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Home Plate



The location of home plate from County Stadium has been preserved, and sits just inside the gate on the third base side of Helfaer Field. In addition to the plate location, there are lines defining the batters' boxes.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Valley Entrance



There's a sign at each end of the Menomonee Valley section of St. Paul Avenue. Around the symbols in the circle is the inscription "History, Industry, Nature, Entertainment". What was once a bustling industrial area is beginning to experience a rebirth, with old-technology businesses being replaced with newer, smaller facilities. The area is also home to the Potawatomi Casino, hence the entertainment aspect. The river running through the area is dotted with grassland and wetland spaces.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Steel Spaghetti



The recently renovated Marquette Interchange involved the replacement of miles of old bridgework with new steel. Now that the project is complete, it's quite impressive to stand underneath the new spans and see the amount of work that was done.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Good Kite Weather



The folks at Gift of Wings have a kite shop at Veterans Park on the Lakefront, selling all different kinds of fixed and mobile wind-powered diversions. With the wind we've had this week, it certainly is good kite flying weather. The 23rd Annual Family Kite Festival will be held on the 29th and 30th of May at the park.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Burger Battle



The crew from the Travel Channel show "Food Wars" will be in town for the next few days filming an episode of the show. The contest will name Milwaukee's Best Burger, and the combatants are Sobelman's (shown above) and AJ Bombers (which has been featured in previous posts). Best of luck to both teams, and may the best burger win!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Blossom



The first flowers of the year have blossomed in our garden; in addition to the lilacs being in full bloom, the columbine have shown their large, heavy flowers, bending their stems in the process.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Cherry Two



The Cherry Street bridge spans the river just north of downtown, its two stainless steel buildings shining in the sunlight.

Angular



The steel beams that form the now defunct swing bridge over the Milwaukee River.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

May Theme Day - Statues



The May Theme Day is Statues

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

I've featured pictures of the rooftop collection of the Grohmann Museum at MSOE before, but this is the first photo of this particular sculpture. These bronzes are really neat to look at from street level, and the detail in them is quite impressive.