Securely anchored

I have no idea what is going on with these ropes.  Probably something to do with window washing.  But don’t you immediately begin to imagine they might serve a more fanciful purpose?  Like securely anchoring the building so it doesn’t float away like a balloon . . . or perhaps providing a venue for zip-line races down from the top of the building?

Isn’t it also cool how the distance perspective makes the building seem to enlarge and zoom toward you as you scroll down the page?  I never dreamed that would happen.  I was just trying to fit the entire length of rope into one shot.  You don’t get that effect when you look at the stationary photo, but when you scroll . . . WHOA!

After weeks of heat, we finally had a typical Milwaukee summer day.  And what a beautiful day it was!

Yesterday I had business to take care of over on the Lower East Side of Milwaukee, where Brady Street meets the lakefront.  I love this neighborhood.  It’s where my husband lived before we were married, and we spent many happy times walking to movies (at the Oriental and the now-defunct Prospect), to bars/restaurants, and to the lakefront.  It was fun having an excuse to spend some time there again.

I took a few pictures, just to share Milwaukee’s beautiful day.

Sunrise brightened the leaves of our silver maple first thing in the morning.

Here are two views of Lake Michigan and McKinley Marina from the top of the bluff where Brady Street dead-ends at the lakefront.


The bike path runs along the line of the old railroad tracks.  The harp light in the foreground is a distinctive style of lamp used historically in old Milwaukee.

I like the correspondence between the harp light and the “Compass” sculpture on the path leading to the Brady Street Pedestrian Bridge that crosses the bike path and Lincoln Memorial Drive going down to the lakefront.

And finally, here are some weeds on the bluff path.  My younger daughter says that if you cross your eyes or let them go slack, it looks like something Monet might have painted.  I tried it and think she’s right!

Although I wasn’t born and raised in Milwaukee, I’ve lived in this city my whole adult life.  Like the “securely anchored” building at the beginning of today’s post and the wildflower weeds at the end, I feel pretty firmly rooted.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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5 Responses to Securely anchored

  1. Everyone needs a place to be – and your post is so full of the spirit of it.


    • Reading your comment just now made me think of that great old REM song, “Stand.” I linked the song title here to a YouTube video of REM performing it live. What a happy song! You are so right: everyone needs a place to be, and that’s exactly how I feel about Milwaukee.


  2. You have an amazing eye for photography. A new hobbie/career perhaps? I’d certainly attend any “showings” you would have!!! 🙂 karen


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