Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement


These are fall leaves, but instead of the leaves themselves moving, I am moving the camera very fast across the leaves. The colors were surprising to me. I would never guess that these images came from a pile of leaves if I hadn’t taken them. 🙂 These images were made with a Nikon D70 DSLR.

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Hoarder’s World


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Hoarder’s World is a junk/antique shop in Milwaukee’s trendy Third Ward. It was already a place I knew about and visited when nearby, but the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel featured it this past Friday (click on “Hoarder’s World” to read the article). After visiting the Milwaukee Public Museum with my youngest, I asked where he would like to go next. “The junk shop!”

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This head on a table greets third floor visitors.

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The Kneeling Woman Torso End Table was seen in the J/S article so I was delighted to see the ugly thing in person. Would look wonderful in my son’s dorm room. Below is a shot of the top, which also looks like it would really go with college dorm room decor.

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There is a lot of junk, of course, but every once and while you see these large paintings tucked in along walls. They aren’t bad either, if not quite mainstream. I don’t understand the comment on the one below. Maybe a note to the artist to remember what color he was going to finish up the background with?

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In another third floor corner . . .

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This large painting has been in a room on the second floor for a long time and I LOVE it. I’ve never inquired after a price because I’m sure if it’s even for sale I can’t afford it. I just keep taking pictures of it whenever I see it.

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Shot glasses for sale in a window.

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Hoarder’s World is located in an old warehouse-y building with lots of interesting twists and turns and odd passageways accessed by industrial looking doors in the middle of walls that make you want to explore. Here’s a couple shots of one of those intriquing doors.

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Stairway from first to second floors.

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Long view of the second floor, which gives you a better idea of the general crazy, fun layout.

breakfast, lunch, drinks, etc.


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After a week of temps in the 90s and 100s, it was lovely today. My son and I visited the Milwaukee Public Museum and then stopped for an outdoor lunch at Comet Cafe on Farwell Avenue. Their giant cupcakes are fabulous! Their bacon-wrapped meatloaf sandwich is also worth the trip. I branched out and tried the Leghorn Sandwich, which has roasted pulled chicken, cream cheese, cucumbers, apricot jam, lettuce, onion and tomatoes on toasted whole wheat. The flavor combo sounded a little weird at first, but it was uber-delicious!

Discovery World


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This is a double helix sculpture that folds and unfolds itself in the middle of the circular stairway between floors. The lighting in this area on the first floor is brilliant and surreal, casting color everywhere, as you will see in photos to follow.

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There is a large curved bank of convex mirrors at the top  of the double helix stairs, the reflections in which change depending of course on where you stand. One mirror is out of whack and I wanted desperately to knock it back in place, but I resisted the urge.

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Summerfest is going on right now in Milwaukee and celebrating 45 years of the nation’s largest music festival, thus this exhibit featuring guitars of and/or signed by various musicians. Here we see guitars signed by B.B. King, Devo and Justin Bieber.

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Here is another wall full of signed guitars. Very pretty.

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Les Paul lived in Waukesha, a suburb just west of Milwaukee, and there is an entire area here dedicated to him and his guitars. This wall shows the steps, start to finish, that a hunk of wood goes through to become a Les Paul.

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This is signed by Les Paul, Jeff Beck, Edgar Winter and a whole bunch of other people whose names I can’t read and should have probably written down for the sake of this post. Oops.

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The colors seem to be embedded in the glass or plastic walls in here. It’s just crazy pretty and sort of messed up. One color will overlap another and make a third color and then you move and it all changes again based on new combinations. I’ve never taken psychadelic drugs, but this is what I imagine things might look like if I did. Kinda fun.

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Put coin in slot – push plunger. No thank you.

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Discovery World has a large section of various gears, pistons, motors, and wind up toys. These things all exhibit the ways in which various gears work to accomplish all sorts of interesting things. Some day I’d like to go back and take short videos of all the wind up toy scenarious. They are incredibly clever.  This skeleton stands up and then repeatedly beats the “dead” horse, who, though “dead”, continues to flinch and roll his eyes and head. Okay, they’re not all that creepy. Most are cute. Except maybe the one of the kitty drinking poisoned milk. He licks and licks and licks and then suddenly falls over. It’s all good. He gets up again.

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I can’t remember what this one did. Huh. And I call myself a dog lover.

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Here’s more of the funky colored walls and a couple kids looking at the scale. You can see the double helic stairway to the left.

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Near the guitar exhibit is this wall full of people and the question, “Am I the one?” This refers to a quote earlier in the area that claims that only 1 in 7 people are creative. It was like a taunt because of course it’s not true. Surely we are all creative . . . in some way, some just more loudly than others.

Jellyfish at Discovery World


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We had a fun time down at Discovery World along Lake Michigan today. I was shocked to hear the 10-minute closing warning. I had no idea it was nearly 5pm. We hadn’t even finished the aquarium yet, but I did take a few quick shots of the jellyfish tank. They are so pretty, but so “barely there” that it’s amazing they can even make a go of it, I mean, where are their brains, for Pete’s sake? Ethereal, dreamy, graceful. The shots don’t look as great as they could, but the whole point of this particular blog is to use the phone for quick uploads, so not bad. 😉

Me


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My Dad took this photo of me while we were out taking pictures around the county storm-water retention ponds a few weeks back. Note the phone on my right leg, always available for those shots that need to be instantly uploaded. It’s an HTC Inspire with an 8 mp camera and does a sometimes surprisingly good job. It’s what I use to upload to this blog in fact. The digital SLR is a Nikon D70. Got the pretty lens bag at Four Corners of the World, a local fair trade shop.

It’s rather rare to have a photo of myself so I figured, what the heck. I’ll post that and then get back to more “normal” things. 😉