Inspired by the Photo Assignment threads, I set out earlier today to have a relaxed day- ride and combine it with some picture taking.
It sounds easy, but the last time I rode my bike was home from the IBR and I have been in time-management and efficiency mode for so long (like, years) that I didn't know if I COULD stop and take pictures anymore.
But it turns out, I can.
My first picture is where a lot of my rides (both big and small) start - where Kenwood Blvd. turns into Lake Drive in Milwaukee. It's a beautiful turn with a great view of the lake as you go down the hill.
Further up Lake Drive is the gorgeous Villa Terrace. It used to be a private residence but is now a Decorative Arts Museum. They also rent it out for weddings.
The vertical thing in the center of the frame that looks like stairs is a waterfall:
Further south on Lake Drive is what they are calling Pier Wisconsin. It has Discovery World, Pieces of Eight restaurant, the Milwaukee Art Museum and (I think) the schooner Dennis Sullivan which was built from scratch and launched in Milwaukee. The schooner was sailing so no pics.
I parked the bike in the middle of everything:
This is Discovery World:
This is the Milwaukee Art Museum (on right with condos in the distance):
I was so proud of myself that I actually got off of my bike, walked around and took pictures. Keep in mind that the whole time I rode the IBR (10K miles in 11ish days) I only took ONE picture of a sunset in NM.
When I started walking back to my bike, there was a guy by it. Now, lots of people check out my bike in passing because it has three sets of lights and a fuel cell, but this guy was staying put and not moving on.
I said hello to him as I walked up and he said some stuff that I didn't hear because I still had my earplugs in. I did catch that he had an R80 and he asked if I was an MOA member. I told him that I am and I asked him if he is an MOA Forum member.
It turns out that he is, and his username is Miltown. How cool is that?? GREAT to meet you Miltown!! Hey everybody - Miltown is having trouble with his airhead pinging and I told him that you all could help him out. Keep an eye out for his thread, mkay??
The Milwaukee Art Museum is the only Santiago Calatrava designed building in the United States. At night or in strong winds, the 'wings' are closed. This is the wings open:
Once a day they close then open the wings for us tourists. This is the wings closing:
Then open again - kinda cool. It's even more stunning inside - I'll save that for another day.
I love this bike. It's been good to me. 140K+ miles (not all mine).
Up the hill from the Calatrava wing is the War Memorial (designed by Aero Saarinen) and a statue of Lincoln that I have always liked:
Around the corner from Lincoln is the Mark di Suvero "Sunburst" sculpture at the eastern end of Milwaukee's main street - Wisconsin Avenue. There was huge controversy when the Calatrava wing was built and many people thought that the Sunburst should move because it would interfere with the Calatrava.
This is looking east from eastern-most WI Ave. You can see the Calatrava structure in the background fully extended:
This is looking west down WI Ave. I am glad they kept the Sunburst. I like it. Years ago I knew one of di Suvero's assistants and I got to stay at the di Suvero compound in Brooklyn for a few days and meet the artist and see some of his works in progress.