Prescott Downtown Series


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.

FEATURED BLOGGERS

Last week for PPAC #36 Wild Animals, I 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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Truly, you all make this job way too hard for me. If you don’t stop it, I’m going to have to feature everyone!

Thank you so much for your 106 replies to PPAC #35 last week.

ROBERT’S SNAP SHOT
CEE’S PHOTO CHALLENGES
SECOND WIND LEISURE
ANTHROPOLOGIST
100 COUNTRY TREK

My Choices for PPAC #37: Prescott Library Entrance

Once in a while, you might find a mountain lion roaming the streets of Prescott or possibly a bobcat, but this one has great taste. Seated atop the Prescott Public Library wall, he oversees us all.

Dare to go up the stairs to gain access to the place of knowledge and get past this one. He’s no bookworm, he’s a Library Lizard.

“The sculpture was commissioned by the Friends of the Prescott Public Library. “Library Lizard” is accompanied by a small sleeping cat, a butterfly, and a ladybug at her side, but you have to look very close to find them.”

Art at the Library

Lizards are much more common visitors during Prescott’s summer months, traveling all over town. Most of them probably go to the library to find out the secrets to long life and friendship. I think I’ll join them there.

Other Challenges that Inspired This Post

Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share and What’s on Your Bookshelf

Both Natalie’s Coffee Share and the Fab Four’s, DONNA, SUE, JO, DEBBIE What’s on Your Bookshelf offer us a simple way to share what we read and how we liked it.

I finished the last book last night and returned my four books this morning. Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars is super long and super slow with kind of an up in the air end. Nonetheless, I did finish it but for me, it bordered on what Sue calls a “Marmite” book.

Police brutally attack and young Indian doctor and a former white mayor in New York. His family members each cope in their own way with this experience. No one takes it well but they all started with issues. Eventually, some of them find the freedom to move on and do what they think is the right way to BE, not how they perceive their father/husband would want them to live their lives.

****Hush Hush by James Patterson and Candice Fox, ***Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars by Joyce Carol Oates, ****The Perfect Daughter by D.J. Palmer, and *****Talk to Me by T.C. Boyle.

Video Series

Inventing Anna on Netflix Vince and I binge-watched this over the past week. Apparently, it is based on the real-life story of a woman who racked up over $200,000 in unpaid bills and is now fighting deportation. Julia Garner plays Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvin. Stories based on true stories are my favorite genre of movies and series. Inventing Anna is true where it’s true and not when it’s not. It is not a biography.

Julia Garner is the same actress who played Ruth on Ozark, if you are a bingie of that series. We have watched that series, too, but it is very dark, violent, criminal, and bloody. It makes me super nervous to watch it, so I’ve skipped quite a few episodes, but Vince loves it.

8th Surgery

My veins are undergoing their 8th (not vain or in vain) surgery this morning. Think good thoughts and pray for them. I’m hoping my legs will be clot-free today.

Usually, it takes four surgeries to get rid of stubborn clots in patients’ legs. Last time I asked what I was doing wrong – I’m wearing the socks, exercising moderately, keeping my legs elevated when I sit, drinking lots (of water!), and taking blood thinners. Yet the clots persist. The answer I got was that I wasn’t doing anything wrong. Mine are old and stubborn clots.

So I am asking for your help today to convince the clots to give up the battle. They are not going to win. They might as well quit now.

CBWC – Lines

One of my favorite challenges is Cee’s Black and White Challenge. I couldn’t resist this one – lines. There are lots of lines in the library, not just lines in poetry books and historic fiction. But lines are everywhere.

At home are a few more lines I wanted to share.

Other Always Write Prescott Library Posts

This isn’t my first post about the Prescott Public Library, and hopefully, it won’t be my last.

Now it’s your turn.

Share your own interesting public art either from your area or a trip. Be sure and visit some of the other amazing displays of public art while you’re here. Thanks so much for stopping by and having fun with public art.

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118 responses to “PPAC #37: Prescott Library Art #2”

  1. susurrus Avatar

    Sending my very best wishes to your legs – and the rest of you, too!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Susan. You are such a sweetie. I’m so fortunate first to be alive and second to be able to walk and do normal things. No more pickle ball, but oh well.

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  2. The oddest gallery – The life of B Avatar

    […] celebrate our sculpted oddities which brighten up our cities, and inspire us with their beauty and […]

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  3. Julie Avatar

    The cat looks so grand.

    The last T.C. Boyle book I read was “Tortilla Curtain” and that was many years ago. I would re-read it because it does have a lot of LA references and locations. Maybe by now I would “get it.” But I am also interested in “Talk to Me.”

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      So cute! Perfect choice for PPAC this week.

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  4. Kirstin Avatar

    Hi Marsha, I’m just getting around to commenting and saw about your surgery. I hope it went well. Thinking of you. I love those sculptures.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Kirstin. The surgery went well from my end. They each take about 15 minutes, I think. I’m usually there 3-5 hours. This one only took 1.5 hours – a record! Micro surgeries for the doctor, mini surgeries for the patient.

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  5. Sculpture or painting? – Philosophy Through Photography Avatar

    […] post is part of Marsha’s PPAC #37 photo […]

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  6. Photos by Jez Avatar

    Fantastic sculptures at the entrance 👏 I’d probably spend to long at the entrance & not get inside 😂 Here’s mine: https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2022/02/28/coffee-at-the-kelpies-fan-of-145/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wow, breath-taking photos and fun story!

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  7. Coffee at the Kelpies — Fan Of… #145 – Photos by Jez Avatar

    […] I trundled around with Snappy for a while to get some more shots of the Kelpies for Marsha & Cee’s PPAC… […]

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  8. philosophy through photography Avatar

    With 8th on going surgery, I tell you you are the strongest lady having superb will power!
    Wishing for a complete recovery and good health.
    Our prayers always there.
    Love all your clicks.
    Love the ?Black panther? Mountain lion.
    Take care my friend.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much. Yeah, I wasn’t sure what that big cat was, but I figured someone will know. The process of elimination ruled out leapard, African lion, tiger and quite a few others. We have mountain lions and bob cats in our area. I’m not sure about black panthers. I’ll have to check. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for all your kind thoughts. 🙂

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  9. Janet Alcorn Avatar

    Sending you my best wishes for your surgery and recovery! Out, damned clots!

    I love the library lizards and mountain lion! I’ll have to check out the Prescott Public Library next time I’m up there (yes, I’m a librarian who goes to libraries on vacation).

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      LOL! I’m the former history consultant who loves to visit museums on vacations.

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  10. Taswegian1957 Avatar

    Great photos for these challenges. BTW I hope the surgery went well.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, I could feel all of your power of prayer and good thoughts. I was out of there about 2 hours faster than I’ve ever been. Thanks so much ! I’m glad you like my Library Lizard and mountain lion.

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  11. Debbie Avatar

    You are so clever with your combination posts Marsha! I’m sorry to hear of your latest surgery and hope things get sorted quickly for you. Thanks for joining in with our WOYBS posts too! Did you enjoy Hush Hush? I’ve just read it too.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I did like it. It was in the library’s new book section. I can’t imagine how prolific he is. He wrote that book with another author, and maybe has several authors he works with now because that was not the only one of his books in that section. I haven’t read other of the series – I assume it’s a series because it said she was “back.” I thought there were some holes especially in the relationship with the chief. Her “that’s ok, Chief.” attitude at the end seemed disingenuous to me.

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  12. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    I really like your library mountain lion and lizard. ❤ As for my post, reality leads. I’ve been writing this poem since Thursday, War Day One. Plus war memorials from here and there.

    https://manjameximexcessive6.wordpress.com/2022/02/26/ppac-war-memorials/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      OMG, Manja. This is superb from beginning to end starting with the arresting photo.

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  13. PPAC: War memorials – An Embarrassment of Riches Avatar

    […] this is a public art post as hosted by Marsha, I have gathered several monuments to the fallen in various wars from Slovenia where I’m from […]

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  14. Debbie Smyth Avatar

    This library is such a treat!
    I’m back with a sculpture for you: https://travelwithintent.com/2022/02/26/the-sky-terns-blue/

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  15. Gary A Wilson Avatar

    Hi Marsha,

    You can count on my prayers added to others regarding those clots that have overstayed their welcome – if they ever were. . .

    I know there are medications to help with such things and trust you and your doctor have already included them as appropriate to your situation.

    Keep us posted.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Gary. LOL, those nasty clots have never been welcome. I’ve been on blood thinners for five months. I just went from two types down to one. I hope that’s a sign. I go back for another surgery on March 25th, my ninth and I’m hoping my last. If so, it will end a six-month battle of the invasion of clots in my veins. I’ve never been a lover of war and all the pain and destruction it leaves behind, but in this case, I have been grateful for the doctors and nurses who have fought for my cause.

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      1. Gary A Wilson Avatar

        Well said Marsha.
        Best wishes for the best outcome.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, my friend.

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  16. Scribble and Scran Avatar

    Love the lizard pics and the idea that they might pop along to the library

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      They are super tiny here. We had one in our house that snuck inside under a closed door. Our cats were thrilled. My husband, not so much. He added an extra threshhold to bar their entrance. They are adorable. Gary Wilson had a fabulous picture of one with a blue tummy on his blog last week.

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      1. Scribble and Scran Avatar

        That would not go down well here. We had a mouse a few weeks back. I think the scream from the boss has completely scared it off.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          LOL. When I was a teen, my grandmother, grandfather and I were all reading in the living room. It was way too quiet for me. Knowing that Grandma was scared of mice, I screamed into the too quiet room, “Mouse,” and pointed to an imaginary point in back of Grandma’s chair. Her feet came off the ground and she screamed. She scared me, so I screamed again and pulled up my feet before I confessed. Grandpa simply looked at us over his glasses and continued to read without saying a word. 🙂

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  17. Toonsarah Avatar

    I love all the details in the lizard sculpture, especially the fact that he’s reading a book about lizards! I like a library that works hard to draw people in as this one seems to do :

    Good luck for the surgery! I hope those veins finally get the message and banish the clots for good!

    And meanwhile here’s my offering this week, from (of course!) our recent trip to Costa Rica: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-spotting-street-art-in-sant-elena/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      What a fun place to visit. Besides taking these wonderful photos, what did you do?

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  18. Gallery: spotting street art in Sant Elena - Travel with me Avatar

    […] here for this week’s Photographing Public Art challenge is a selection of my favourites, to show a different side of this lovely […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It’s such a fun post!

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  19. Jim Borden Avatar

    I hope the vein surgery went well! that looks like quite an eclectic collection of books…

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      If nothing else I’m eclectic. Even my veins collect eclectic sorts of stuff.

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  20. Maria Avatar

    That is a magnificent entrance to Prescott library! I once had a mountain lion look down on me like that on a hike in Eldorado National Forest (CA.) Not that big though… I visited our library earlier today to pick up some books for the next class I am taking later this spring, our library don’t have that of an magnificent entrance, more ordinary, but a fabulous inside 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Maria, I can’t imagine being faced with a real mountain lion. Were you scared to death? I went on a walk and met a mama bear and her cub in the Sequoia National Park. They kept to their side of the road, fortunately.

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      1. Maria Avatar

        I didn’t have time to react before the mountain lion disappeared. Afterwards, when I realised what just happened my knees got a little weak.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          It made my knees weak just to read about it!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You have been through it this week, Irene. Here’s some hope for next week. Mary Poppins cheered me up. I loved the street lights.

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  21. The sky turns blue – Travel with Intent Avatar

    […] Posted as part of Skywatch Friday , Hammad’s Weekend Sky and Marsha’s PPAC […]

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  22. margaret21 Avatar

    Oooh, I like your Library Lizard. I wonder if he’d like to meet my Lobster? https://margaret21.com/2022/02/26/the-great-the-good-or-the-odd/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I love it! What a welcome. 🙂

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  23. The Great, the Good or the Odd – From Pyrenees to Pennines Avatar

    […] … and Marsha’s Photographing Public Art Challenge. […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Definitely odd, though!

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  24. the eternal traveller Avatar

    Good luck with your surgery. By now it will be over. I hope it was successful.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Best in and out time I’ve ever had. Yay. Maybe only one more!

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      1. the eternal traveller Avatar

        Fingers crossed for you!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, I’ve been thinking of you all day. Are you getting innundated?

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          1. the eternal traveller Avatar

            Not here, although there was a lot of flooding in the CBD and substantial damage to shops. Brisbane is a mess and many towns in south-east Queensland are under water. Now the rain system is heading south and the northern part of New South Wales is all flooded. It’s a massive disaster. I’ll send you photos on messenger.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Do you know Irene Waters? She is a fabulous blogger and has some pictures of her home and town. It’s very flodded there. How is everyone doing? Tell Glen we will expect lots of beer the next time we come. 🙂

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          3. the eternal traveller Avatar

            I looked at Irene’s site. Yes, lots of water around her area too. We’re fine and luckily so are all our extended family and friends who live in the affected areas.

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            After seeing those pictures, I’d agree. Stay safe, my friend. Enjoy your weekend sewing. 🙂

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  25. Sadje Avatar

    Cool photos Marsha

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Sadje. I’m impressed with how many blogs you read, my friend. You have a little like avatar everywhere I travel all over the blogosphere. You are amazing.

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        You’re welcome my friend. I love reading different blogs. It’s my one hobby that not only entertains me but also informs me. And best of all the friends I’ve made here. They are precious

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I agree with you 100%. I love this hobby as well. My friends that don’t blog don’t understand how addicting it is. 🙂

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            Haha! They are missing something precious

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

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          3. Sadje Avatar

            👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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  26. Retirement Reflections Avatar

    Hi, Marsha – Thank you for linking up with us at What’s On Your Bookshelf.
    I LOVE how you have been featuring your Prescott Library in some of your posts. Please continue to do this.
    I’ve also read a few Marmite books lately – and (according to Goodreads), I’m reading one right now. But I did also recently read Peace by Chocolate and I can definitely recommend that as inspiring and uplifting – quallities that we could all use right now.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      We are not the people that need to read it. LOL. I like your new avatar picture BTW.

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  27. Zelda Winter Avatar
    Zelda Winter

    I’ll certainly keep you in my prayers.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you Zelda. I felt them. Best surgery time ever. I was in and out in less than 2 hours – a record! And I feel great!

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      1. Zelda Winter Avatar
        Zelda Winter

        Oh my, that’s wonderful news–thanks for keeping me in the loop! 🙂 ❤

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I will. 🙂 thanks for caring.

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          1. Zelda Winter Avatar
            Zelda Winter

            It’s an honor ❤

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  28. Denyse Whelan Blogs Avatar

    Oh dear Marsha, I really have not been keeping up with your health news. I am so sorry to read of this situation with your legs. Yikes. Hope that the recent surgery helps. Surgeries after surgeries are very life-force draining and stressful. Sending my best wishes and love, Denyse.

    PS Popped back to Natalie’s link up to announce a change to my blogging link up.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’ll head over there as soon as I finish answering comments, my friend. When someone said it sometimes takes six months to a year to recover without surgery, (if you did recover) I had no idea it would take that long with surgery. I’m so grateful I had the surgeon who took an interest in making me better. What a love.

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  29. Natalie Avatar

    Marsha, I hope you have a speedy recovery from your surgery. Sending you positive energy and virtual hugs. Love your sculpture and line photos. Prescott library is a gem. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Natalie. Keep writing and thanks for the lovely challenge to share our thoughts each week. 🙂

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  30. Sue Avatar

    Love those literary creatures!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Aren’t they amazing. I love the lizard. 🙂

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  31. eklastic Avatar

    Of course I’m partial to the mountain lion!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Grrrrrreat! He looks pretty ferocious to me. 🙂

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  32. Majestic Lions – pictures imperfect blog Avatar

    […] Photographing Public Art Challenge […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yours are so cute. I love the gray one. And the expression on the second one is so adorable and majestic.

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  33. BeckyB Avatar

    loving the library cat and lizards 🙂 do hope all goes well at Drs

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’m home and just woke up from my groggy nap. It seemed to go well. I always feel okay after the first day of mostly sleeping.

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  34. rawsonjl Avatar
    rawsonjl

    I love those lizard photos!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Very unique PPAC, Lin.

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  35. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    love the Lizards eyes. Fun times at Prescott library Marsha! 💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Lots of fun times!!!

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  36. Michelleintel Avatar

    I really wish I would get around to cataloguing my photos so I could find the photos to share. I know I’ve got them, but where? 😩

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    1. Michelleintel Avatar

      This is one outside my apartment!

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      1. Marsha Avatar

        You live here then? Or is there another lizard somewhere? I deleted your other comment.

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        1. Michelleintel Avatar

          Ha no. I was trying to show the Art outside my apartment before I realized I couldn’t attach the photo. You can delete

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          1. Marsha Avatar

            There is a way to attach photos. You find the photo in your media file, then remove the s from the link and paste it into your comment, making sure there is nothing after the extension jpg.

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      It’s a constant battle! What programs do you use to help you?

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      1. Michelleintel Avatar

        I start with Apple Photos then move them to Forever Historian but I’m just not good about tagging and categorizing. I should probably schedule time to do a little every day #firstworldstruggles

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I’m not familiar with Forever Historian. Apple Photos is my overall storage place, too. I also have an online photo dump in One Drive because I don’t have a Mac anymore and my computer doesn’t talk as well to Apple. In addition, I have an external hard drive, and use Bridge to edit and label with key words. Key words don’t follow photos from the computer files to Bridge and back again, so I have a lot of wasted time invested, LOL.

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          1. Michelleintel Avatar

            Thankfully my tags stay from Photos to Forever to Historian but it does take a lot of time. You inspired me to spend an hour on it last night.

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Aww, I’m glad. I get lost in time when I’m organizing. I don’t know why. I must be a really boring person, but I love reliving my photos, I guess. I always rediscover something I’d forgotten. I get a feeling of accomplishement when I’m able to clean up and organize.

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          3. Michelleintel Avatar

            Same here! The only reason I stopped was my husband asked what I was doing that caused me to completely “check out from everything”

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            LOL. My husband does the same thing!

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  37. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Good luck at the doctors today. Keep in touch. Sending you lots of energy your way 😀
    You lines are terrific for this week.
    I want to thank you for featuring my post from last week. Means a lot.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I feel your energy. Keep some for yourself!!! Thanks, I was super pleased with that topic. I live lines!!! I’m proud to be able to feature you!!! Done with the surgery. I did well. Or I should say they did well.

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      1. Cee Neuner Avatar

        You did well too!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks! 🙂

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  38. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    HI Marsha, there are some great pictures here. I like societies that have good libraries. South Africa does not, the libraries are not well maintained. I hope you operation goes well today.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Robbie. It is really wonderful here. I look forward to getting more involved.

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  39. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    I love all the statuary, Marsha, beautiful wildlife forever commemorated in stone! Libraries are always an excellent place to find amazing art! I’m commenting now from my desktop with my new FIBER INTERNET! Woohoo! What a journey! I can already see the difference in speed. Thanks for the shout-out and hope to jump in more often, especially with the totem project. Hope all goes well with your surgery, my friend!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wahoo! Can’t wait to see how Totem comes out!

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  40. Sally Pace Avatar
    Sally Pace

    I love public art. Do any of the cities have hidden thing in their murals like Exeter?

    Miss you! I wish you could come to the Awards Dinner – Plan on next year – First weekend in March!

    Sally Pace 559.805.3975 Cell

    On Fri, Feb 25, 2022 at 6:33 AM Marsha Ingrao – Always Write wrote:

    > Marsha posted: ” 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 ” >

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Sally! There are three hidden items I. This statue. One of them does show one of the items. Did you see it? I hope Carolyn is able to come but I think Kirk has surgery on the 3rd. I wish I could be there.

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