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21
Jun
09

In the Garden

445. Star

445. Star

Love the shape of this plant. If I were shooting it again, I’d be a bit more careful with the depth of field, and get the bottom leaf sharper, but I was mostly attracted to the splindly star shape in the center.

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20
Jun
09

Horse and Carriage

244. Public Transportation

244. Public Transportation

A different sort of public transportation, by a horse, of course.

If you are looking for transportation to take you on an excursion through New York City’s Central Park, one of your choices are these carriages pulled by horses. They seem out of place to me–I think I might prefer the little carts powered by bicycle if I needed more transportation than my feet could  provide–but they appear to be popular, especially with families with older children.

19
Jun
09

Museum of Modern Art Courtyard

119. Gatherings

119. Gatherings

This seems to be a popular place for people to gather around the lunch hour. It is the inside courtyard, and sculpture garden of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. When they designed the courtyard, even the tree species and size were planned.  There is plenty of space and seating to enjoy an outdoor snack, or just enjoy the summer sun.

18
Jun
09

Sigma Phi House–Fraternity and National Landmark

128. Greek

128. Greek

This immense home, approximately 18,000 square feet of space, was built as a wedding present for Harold C. Bradley, a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and his fiancee, Josephine Crane, the grand-daughter of the founder of the Crane plumbing company.  Her father engaged the architect Louis Sullivan–Frank Lloyd Wright’s mentor–to design the home, and the home was constructed in 1908-09. This was Louis Sullivan’s last residential undertaking, and in it he implemented many of the ideas of Wright and other Prairie School architects.

The home, located just south of the UW campus, was too large for the lifestyles of the Bradleys, and the size of the home made it difficult for the hearing-impaired Mrs. Bradley to supervise her young children. The Bradleys therefore sold the home to the Sigma Phi fraternity in 1915 and it remains a fraternity house to this day.

I visited the interior of this house while on the Wright & Like 2009: Madison tour, and though no interior photographs were allowed, it is evident that the Sigma Phi’s continue to maintain this architectural gem in the fashion it was intended. (I did find a blog which shows the lovely interior of several rooms, including a photograph of the circular dining room table which accommodates 16-well worth taking a look at.)

This home was nearly destroyed by a St. Patrick’s Day fire in 1972. Only one member of the fraternity was at home during the time and he escaped without injury. However, the second floor of the house was nearly gutted, and the first floor suffered from water and smoke damage. Due to the generosity of A. C. Nielson, the Nielson ratings guy and a Sigma Chi alumnus, and other donors, a substantial restoration took place. Neilson and his son, also an alum, continue to assist in the support and maintenance of this architectural masterpiece.

17
Jun
09

Shake Shack

106. Food, Glorious Food

106. Food, Glorious Food

When we visit New York City, a trip to the Shake Shack is a must. We ate burgers, fries, and had the best shakes ever, before we took a long walk in Central Park. And a long walk is a necessity after eating a lunch like this. Ahhh, but it tastes sooo good!

It’s a good thing I only visit New York every year or so!

16
Jun
09

Fiddleheads

Sculpture in Olbrich Gardens

269. Sculpture

Fiddleheads (ferns) in the Olbrich Botanical Gardens. I’ve always wished real fiddleheads were planted around this sculpture. A fiddlehead amidst a lot of little, green fiddleheads.

15
Jun
09

For Sale

336. Trash or Treasure?

336. Trash or Treasure?

I was going to title this post “Bubbler for Sale” but unless you have Milwaukee, Wisconsin ties, you probably don’t know what a bubbler is. For those of you in the dark, a bubbler is a drinking fountain. Makes sense in a way. The water bubbles from the spout and you take a drink from the bubbling water.

I don’t think there are too many antique bubblers on the market. But there’s one available at this little antique shop on Willy Street. You can find lots of fun things when you walk Willy Street.