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PPAC #20: Dinosaurs on the Streets of Mesa, AZ

Public art encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks, or outdoor public places. Let your imagination and photographic eye show us diverse samples all over the world.

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Last week for PPAC #19, Cee had a marvelous response from all of you. I want to say thank you to each of you for joining along in our challenge.  Here are the featured bloggers for this week.  Their posts really grabbed my attention. They are all worthy of a second or third look.

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My PPAC for This Week

Last week I sandwiched some fun between two doctor visits. Our neighbor from Woodlake, CA stayed in a resort in Mesa, AZ, and invited me to join her for the days in between the two appointments. Whee!

Before I get to the main event, there were some statues on the corners of the street from our destination. A polar bear and her cub on one side, and an old friend on the other.

Like Prescott, Mesa has all kinds of places of interest. Since hiking for me is out for a while, I chose to do my walking in the Arizona Museum of Natural History among a bunch of dinosaur bones. Some of them tried to escape the building, giving us a huge fright!

Dinosaurs are everywhere, from movies, cartoon shows, books, to dinosaur quotes by famous people, like the English science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke. For kids, dinosaurs come right after cars and trains, and to prove this, the success of ‘Barney the Dinosaur’, ‘Super Dinosaur’, ‘Dino Dan’, ‘Jurassic Park’ are enough.

 “Dinosaurs may be extinct from the face of the planet, but they are alive and well in our imaginations.”

– Steve Miller.

I know you want a closer look at him, otherwise, he’s not scary enough. I had my own theory about why kids love dinosaurs in my #WQWWC Spooky post this week. I may have just been right.

“It’s very simple why kids are crazy about dinosaurs — dinosaurs are nature’s Special Effects.”

– Robert T. Bakker

“Tyrannosaurus was truly the Schwarzenegger of dinosaurs.”

– Kenneth Carpenter

Closer? Sure, but remember I only have my iPhone with me.

Footprints led us to the front door of the Museum, although I think we could have found it without assistance. My friend Carolyn points out the way. As you can see, the weather was fabulous – about 80 degrees F or 26.67 C. Not even a slight breeze to blow Carolyn’s new hairdo out of shape.

Oops, what’s that behind her, another dinosaur?

Believe it or not, he’s trying to get away from us – as though we could do him any harm.

“Sir Richard Owen coined the word dinosaur in 1841. The word “dinosaur” meant “terrible lizard.”

Kelly Landgraf

So do you think “terrible lizard” was an appropriate name to give these creatures?

Now it’s Your Turn

We can’t wait to see what you’ll find on the streets this week.

Up Coming and Already There

  • Challenge Host Interview – Photos by Jez
  • #WQWWC #46 Spooky – looking for your quotes and what you have to say or photographs about them.
  • Saturday – Lens Artist Challenge, More PastSquares for Becky B.
  • Sunday – Happy Halloween, Sunday Stills, Cell Pic Sunday, More PastSquares for Becky B.
  • November 2nd – November Story Chat – “Broaching the Subject” by Doug Jacquier
  • November 7th – Birthday Bash for Cee Neuner and me celebrating big numbers.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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