These are newish ones …

20 May

… from yesterday, in fact. They're a little different from the usual ones that you've been seeing, but they hold together as a unit, and are a nice change-of-pace from those I've been posting, so I thought you might like to see them … give you a bit of a look of the Midwest in Spring, too.
It all started when I was showing my Scottish Lassie these from a couple of days ago … a few shots at random, as it were … First, there's this little shot, especially for you Europeans, who, I understand, don't have these little bandits in your milieu:
I caught this little guy robbing the trash basket. They're cute, they're very smart, and THEY HAVE HANDS! For those unable to identify him, look up "raccoon".

These are some pretty little flowers (I don't know what they are, by name) at the end of a walk through a little shopping mall behind our favourite restaurant:
And that brings us to this: I was impressed by the beautiful cirrus clouds, seeing the building and tree as framing elements …… but my Scottish Lassie was enraptured by the false front of the building, seeing the clouds as background. Just goes ta show ya, eh? LOL Anyway, the building made her think of the false fronts of stores in cowboy movies, and I must admit that I never thought of that; it's a common-enough architectural conceit all over the country, especially in the Great Plains and the Prairie states.

So … I went back. A couple of shots of the park as Spring takes hold:
Man, these look kinda dark … I'm gonna have to calibrate my screen. These are picnicking tables, still in stacks from the Winter. They need refurbishing, and they will get it.
A closer shot:
And a tree who thinks she's Isadora Duncan:
And here we are at the entrance to the little mall …
And from here on, I will eschew comment, save when there is something special about a particular shot … the entrance leads into a small square:

A view down the entire mall:
And a little byway between buildings … I especially enjoy the sublime disregard of the vertical displayed in that handrail.
Some flowers at the far end, where the blue ones were (and still are) …
A pottery shop, named "Potter's Field". This is amusing to an English speaker, but may not be amusing in other languages …
And a view into one of the windows:
An art gallery which has "objets d' art" made from junk … the least artistic sign in the mall. Bloody awful, actually.
And back out into the square again … our tour is over.

But I must show this next pic; it cracked me up when I got it blown up and could see what it was. I had difficulty seeing it through my viewfinder, but I saw what I thought was a woman with a large pad of paper on an easel, painting or drawing out at the end of the causeway at the beach (where you so often see a flagpole and flag in my shots) …LOLOLOL … that sleeveless shirt looked like a squared-off piece of paper at the distance I was at, and my mind filled in the rest!

And here is a business card of my daughter's that I found yesterday, too … alas, she no longer is in business at that address, or any other on this planet. I cannot say about other planets. I've posted it in the photos of her work, as well as here.

Cheers, all … I hope this has been enjoyable.


Posted by on May 20, 2009 in Uncategorized


15 responses to “These are newish ones …

  1. PainterWoman

    May 20, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Very enjoyable! I thought that critter getting in the trash was a bear cub. Didn't know raccoons were that big! The leaves on those blue flowers look eatable. Even the flowers do too. The white ones are beautiful. Would love to take a walk through that mall and explore some of the shops. Much nicer than the big monstrous things we call malls here. I haven't been in one in a mighty long time. I suppose since it's so hot here, the malls are made huge with all the shop entrances inside with an airconditioned mallway. I noticed that one cactus in the window needs a bit of help. And so does the art gallery sign. Very nice walk dW.

  2. derWandersmann

    May 20, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Not many bears close to Milwaukee … they like solitude. But if it had been a bear, it would have been an adult; cubs do not go about on their own. They spend their first year in a sort of total-immersion crash course on how to be a bear, and mom would have knocked that container over and dragged the goodies out.

  3. ricewood

    May 21, 2009 at 2:05 am

    I had no idea that these false facades were still in use. And had I not seen your photos I think it would be a hard task to convince me.I also associate those with old cowboy movies.

  4. Huong Lan

    May 22, 2009 at 6:05 am

    I like the photos of the white or light yellow flowers. What are they called, derWandersmann? 🙂

  5. derWandersmann

    May 22, 2009 at 7:05 am

    They are tulips, Lan … a little past their prime. A few days earlier, they would have been tighter, forming little cups.

  6. solidcopper

    May 22, 2009 at 7:05 am

    I like the neighbourhood pictures. And LOL at the last pic.

  7. Huong Lan

    May 22, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Oh, yeah. Tulips! I did not regconize them. 😮

  8. derWandersmann

    May 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Weltanschauung = world outlook or world view

  9. Quantum36

    May 25, 2009 at 10:05 am

    oh forgot to say… i like the hat ya wearing in ya profile pic. oh and what does that last word ya left on ma blog mean… it looks german but im not sure. cheers

  10. glenno

    May 27, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Great photos, Ifeel like I have just been on stroll around your town :yes:

  11. Zephirine

    June 10, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I think I've already wrote somewhere your places look very quiet. Even the colours of those houses look relaxing. :)And you're right, in Europe we can't see raccoon very often, only on tv or zoos!! 😆 I think this is your blue flower, there a lot here too!! 😉

  12. derWandersmann

    June 10, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Ah! Yes, you are right! About the flowers, I mean.As far as the "quiet" look is concerned, you are right, also. I seek that quality out in my photos, and always have. I think I am probably the only photographer in the world to take a series of pictures in Chicago's "Loop" (Downtown) in broad daylight, where there is not a person to be found.

  13. Zephirine

    June 10, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Well, in that way you can really enjoy the city's atmosphere, I think.

  14. AgnetaM

    June 19, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I enjoyed the tour! Lovely pics as ever!:happy:

  15. Merc1

    September 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    awe what a charming little place!!!Very enjoyable photos!


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