Signs for All Occasions

Ooh, I love this topic! Signs are so diverse that I have an archive of sign photos!  If you wish to join in the fun, Nancy Merrill has A Photo a Week Challenge every Thursday; this week’s topic is Signs.

Signs can be informative…

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Sign over a dentist’s office in Chicago




…or funny!

Good sign! (Fire and Ice, Marengo)

In a restaurant in some small town in north central Illinois



Dale and I still laugh when we remember this sign we saw in Buzios in 2003!

Someone had translation trouble! Buzios, Brazil



On a corner near downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin



They can be thought provoking….

This is on a wall next to the parking lot across from SAMA.

On a wall by the parking lot of the San Antonio Art Museum




Inside a restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri



…or lend ambiance to a place, such as…

Mader’s German Restaurant, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

and old town Quebec City, Canada:

Signs also convey social and political opinions:


Women’s March, Chicago, Jan. 21, 2017


Sandy's sign - she used flowers from her wedding poster - "repurposed"

My friend’s sign at the Women’s March



At an exhibit about the 1960s cultural revolution at the Montreal Museum of Art, Oct. 2017






Sign in our front yard










WPC: Going Up?

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge this week is ascend.  If I were a bird, I would spread my wings and fly! Since humans have no wings, we have created other ways to go up…

Escalators at Ogilvie Transportation Center in Chicago (two of these go down, one goes up)20171211_175047

Circular stairways at Grand Ave. Mall in MilwaukeeSONY DSC
The funicular and the stairs connecting Upper and Lower Old Town, Quebec City, Canada

Want to see the view? Try Chicago’s Ferris Wheel on Navy Pier!

Circular stairway at Museu da Arte Moderna (MAM) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

I did a long post several months ago about going up Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar) in Rio de Janeiro, including a video of our cable car ascending. Here it is again:


KODAK Digital Still Camera

Some are getting ready to descend, or are disembarking after ascending!

Winding staircase and marble staircase at State Capitol, St. Paul, MinnesotaKODAK Digital Still Camera


Elevator door, State Capitol, Bismarck, North Dakota20170526_133446




WPC: Black Cat Alley – Transformation from Mundane to Beauty

Black Cat Alley was, until September 2016, just a non-descript and rather dark alley on Milwaukee’s north side.


I downloaded this photo in order to show how the alley looked before it was painted.

I probably would have been scared to traverse that alley, until it was transformed into a gallery of murals by 15 Milwaukee street artists! On a recent visit to Milwaukee, Dale and I visited Black Cat Alley, a one-block space starting at Kenilworth St. and ending at Ivanhoe, between Farwell and Prospect Avenues, to see this transformation from “a dark and quiet space” into a “beautiful, cultural destination for the public.”


Dale climbs the stairs leading into the alley.



The alley as seen from the opposite end.



The iconic frog that one sees from the street before entering Black Cat Alley. (I downloaded this image because my photo didn’t come out well. It can be found on their web site – link near end of post.)









There were several of these groups of fish painted on the sidewalk.












Another downloaded image – this beautiful mural in red, white and black, Inmate, was vandalized, so  the wall has been painted over in solid red.  (It is visible in my second photo, above.)

I found information about Black Cat Alley from this web site before we went to Milwaukee. I would love to visit again in the summertime, and see the other street art scattered throughout the city.  It has definitely undergone tremendous transformation since my seven years’ residence there in the 1980s!


Weekly Photo Challenge, 11/22/17 with the theme of Transformation.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Jewel Colors

Nancy Merrill has a Photo a Week Challenge with a theme this week of jewel colors.

Sea and sky – sapphire, pearl/mother of pearl, lapis lazuli20170324_163804.jpg

Décor on a cruise ship – Sapphire, amethyst, ruby, beryl, gypsum, peridot20170403_205604 (2)

Chicago at night – turquoise, sapphire, onyx20170920_191538.jpg

Chihuly detail – ruby, sapphire, amethyst, topaz, peridot, garnet, carnelian, moonstone20171110_101902 (2)

sunset at sea – topaz, onyx, agate, moonstone20171004_173346_001.jpg

my new Prius!! – opal, moonstone, sea pearl (that’s the name of its color)20171116_183525_001.jpg

FOTD: Cold Flowers!

This week my husband and I took what was supposed to be a 3 1/2 day trip to Milwaukee, but we cut it by one day due to unusually cold weather! Even so, we braved a bitterly cold wind on Thursday to walk around downtown Milwaukee to visit the Riverwalk (nearly deserted – best to return in summer!) and some beautiful old churches. We were standing at a corner waiting to cross the street when I spotted these brave flowers that remained pretty in spite of the cold and being buffeted by 30 mile per hour winds! I wondered how much longer they would last. So I captured them on my cell phone and here they are:20171109_133629

Cee’s Flower of the Day, 11/10/17