West 6th St. Bridge, Racine

Alexandar Eschweiler is a name familiar to most anyone with an interest in architecture in S.E. Wisconsin.  His work includes the Wisconsin Power and Light Building in downtown Milwaukee.

Charles S. Whitney may not be as recognizable a name to architectural historians in Milwaukee.  Whitney came to Milwaukee in 1919 after receiving his Civil Engineering degree from Cornell University.  He worked for Eschweiler as an engineer until 1923, when Eschweiler brought his three sons into his practice.  Whitney moved to New York and became a partner in Ammann and Whitney, an engineering and design firm that became world famous and is known for designing the Walt Whitman Bridge and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York.

Whitney designed the West 6th Street Bridge in Racine in 1928.  The bridge is notable for its Terra Cotta bas relief panels. The Neptune styled faces on the side of the bridge provide outlets for storm water collecting on the deck of the bridge.

Turtle Creek Stone Arch Bridge

Turtle Creek (Tiffany) railroad bridge

Built in 1869, this bridge was constructed of stone quarried in east-central Wisconsin.  The 5-span, 387 foot bridge is located near Beloit in south-central Wisconsin.  A Chicago engineer named Van Mienen designed the bridge for the Chicago & Northwestern Railway Company.  Van Mienen’s work was reportedly inspired by a stone arch bridge in Campiegne, France

Fire Lookout Towers

This is the Necedah Bluffs Lookout Tower.  The 64′ high tower was erected in 1928.  During the 1920’s and ’30’s there was a strong initiative to protect Wisconsin’s forests and logging interests from fire.  There is record of 180 tower sites, primarily in the northern half of the state.

There were approximately 70 observation towers still standing in Wisconsin.  The Wisconsin DNR has decommissioned all tower activities as of last year.

Camping Solitude

Camped in the Chequamegon National Forest west of Westboro, Wisconsin.  The moon was three-quarters full and, when not blocked by the forest canopy, cast a lit edge along the flowage.


I hiked on the Ice Age Trail east from Forest Road 108 and followed a semi-primitive lobe trail to the south.  The trail rimmed a bog that opened as a small lake.


The head of this small plant is suffering from Uncombable Hair Syndrome, otherwise known as Albert Einstein hair.

Calatrava – Art Museum

I was up early this weekend shooting in downtown Milwaukee during the earliest light before sunrise.  Once I was finished before the civil dawn, I thought I’d take the time to capture the sun rising over a low cloud-deck above Lake Michigan.  This landmark Art Museum building, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, makes an interesting foreground subject for a lakefront sunrise.

Here’s what the inside of this building looks like from a photo I took earlier this year:

This is what the building looks like when the wings are lifted:


I’m not normally taken to mentioning products, plug-ins, or presets.  FocalPoint 2 from onOneSoftware is an exception I don’t mind making.  All of us don’t have the resources to buy $2,ooo f1.2 or tilt/shift lens that provide ultra shallow adjustable Depth Of Field.  This plug-in for Photoshop gives you tools that you otherwise might not be able to afford.  Here are a couple of examples where DOF was adjusted in post -processing using this plug-in: