Usually, I highlight some activities in which I discovered public art during the week. This is throwback week for me. So I’m pulling together a theme – for me but feel free to copy it if it works. You can follow the idea of throwback or find some horse art or just horse around. Enjoy your week. 🙂

LAST WEEK’S FABULOUS BLOGGERS

Last week for PPAC #54, I had fun responses from all of you. With all the other challenges, even public and street art, I thank all the bloggers who participate in the Photographing Public Art Challenge. Please honor these bloggers with your visits this week.

IT’S EASY TO PLAY ALONG WITH #PPAC

  • There is no weekly theme even though my post has a theme with murals, statues, fountains, scrap art, graffiti, store windows, seasonal displays, car or art shows, artistic construction, or even artistic neighborhood decor. Photograph the public art that is available to you.
  • Art should be freely visible from a public street, freeway, or walkway or inside a publicly accessed building like a library. If you pay, it’s not public.
  • Photographers should have free access of use for their photos – no copyrights by the artists.
  • The challenge starts every Friday at 9:00 a.m. Phoenix Time and it ends on Thursday at noon.
  • Write a post on your blog, publish it, and include a link back to my weekly post not my page preferably in a comment. Sometimes pingbacks are missed. See how to create pingbacks here
  • Take time to visit other PPAC participants throughout the week. I recommend visiting at least two or three other participants in the community and leaving them a comment.
  • Have fun! Art is to be enjoyed!

For More Ideas about PPAC…

These early-bird participants (posted by Wednesday at noon) might give you some great ideas about something you’ve never thought about as public art or how to photograph it.

My Choices for PPAC #55 Horses

Sacramento Horse

Pony Express horse and rider in Old Sacramento, California

Horses in Prescott, AZ

During rodeo days here in Prescott, we met a real Pony Express rider. The Pony Express runs once a year during rodeo days. It’s just as hard now as it was then, especially in the 100-degree July heat.

a horse from Prescott Courthouse Square – “Cowboy at Rest”
Buckey O’Neill Monument

“Bucky O’Neill (February 2, 1860-July 1,1898 ) was an editor, sheriff, and many other jobs in Prescott, Arizona. He was also a Captain in Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. His name came because he tended to “buck the finger” or play against the odds in games of gambling. He was killed in Cuba. The statue was made by Solon Burglum who was America’s first cowboy sculptor (1868-1922). The statue was dedicated July 3, 1907.”

5 Best Statues…
Mural in Downtown Prescott

Wickenburg Horses

Sympathetic Horse
Horse Bones – vignetting added in Bridge from Wickenburg Walk #1
Iron Horse – an iconic name for a steam engine also from Wickenburg Walk #1

Horsing Around in Mesa, AZ

Surely the King’s Horses and men lurk somewhere close by. More horsing around on this post.

Horsepower in Woodlake, CA

Plenty of Horsepower in Vince’s green Nova – Elderwood, CA. Some double vision for Jez’s LAPC (Lens-Artist Photo Challenge) this week.

Delaware Partial Horse

part horse in Winterthur Gardens in Deleware also for Jez’s Seeing Double post for LAPC #207

Ongoing on Always Write

  • July Story Chat, “Not a Proper Job” by another new (to us) author, Philip Cumberland AKA Fenlandphil’s Blog goes live July 5th
  • WQW #26 (Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays) – “Hearing” The only rule is to have at least one quote in your post about the topic. Remember a song can be a quote, too. Then just post a story, poem, or pictures that tie into and respond to your quote or quotes. The last day to post links is Tuesday at 12:00 noon Phoenix time.

Now it’s your turn.

I hope you are inspired to find your own unique art as you travel around with your camera this week, or rummage through your archives. Feel free to double dip and support your own favorite challenges along with PPAC.


134 responses to “PPAC #55: Don’t Horse Around, Hold Your Horses”

  1. Wind Kisses Avatar

    One of my all time favorite statues is the resting cowboy in Prescott. I love the expression, and knowing the history of the city, it is the perfect place for it.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It is the first statue that captured my attention when we moved here. I couldn’t take enough angles of it.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Super photos, Julie.

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  2. philosophy through photography Avatar

    Superb collection Marsha for the theme.
    Love the horses in action.
    Love the horsing around click.
    My contribution
    https://philosophyvia.photos/2022/07/21/belfast-mural-art/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awesome post. Historic as well as artistic. 🙂

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    2. Marsha Avatar

      Awesome post, thanks for joining in and giving us another peek at Belfast. 🙂

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  3. WQW #27: Agreeable Animal Amigos – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

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  4. Walkabout Wednesday – More art, travels and coffee – Wide Eyed Wonderings Avatar

    […] up to Marsha’s PPAC # 55 do pop over and enjoy a bit of horsing around. […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      What a beautiful place! 🙂

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  5. Gift N. T. Avatar

    Great collection of horses, Marsha. I like that you included other kinds of horses too. My favorite is the Sympathetic Wickenburg Horses and the Delaware Partial Horse. We have similar partial horses with fish tails in traditional Thai art too; they are a species in old Thai literature (though I forgot what they are called already). Interesting cultural similarities.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I am sure that in his day, the owner of this estate traveled all over the world gathering ideas from other countries. The Duponts were among the first of the very rich in America. My mom’s cousin worked for Dupont as a chemical engineer until about the 1980s. He has taken me on tours all over the various homes and parks they created in Delaware. He’s still alive at age 97.

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      1. Gift N. T. Avatar

        What a cool experience to have. It’s great you are now also traveling and spreading the love for art from various places through your blog!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thanks, Gift.❤️❤️❤️

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  6. […] I was quite surprised to find a field near Alchi village full of rocks with petroglyphs. It is easy to find for tourists like me because a blue signboard proclaims “Alchi Petroglyphs” on the left […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I enjoyed this post very much. I just added you to my post for this week. https://alwayswrite.blog/2021/07/02/ppac-3-prescott-petroglyphs/ This is a post I did about the ones here.

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  7. I. J. Khanewala Avatar

    That mer-horse looks wonderful. Great captures, all of them.

    https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2022/07/20/rock-art-of-ladakh/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much. I.J. This was a fun post to do.

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  8. wideeyedwanderingspoonie Avatar

    Marvelous shots, I just adore the Humpty statue, what fun!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      My friend and I had a great time taking pictures and posing with him and the other statues on that corner.

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  9. Prior... Avatar

    Hi again
    One more thing
    As you likely already know – we linked you at this post for the bleak house post today announcing the winners
    And I was trying to find the post you added bleak house too – I eventually found it but after I posted –
    Anyhow – wanted to ask if your blog has a search feature? I could not find a search box earlier today?

    Thanks

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I think it does but possibly you have to go to a post. There are no widgets on the side of the home page at all. But the side panel is on every post do the search is there.

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      1. Prior... Avatar

        Oh/ I’ll try that next time if I need to find something
        ☀️😊

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Good luck, my friend. 🙂

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          1. Prior... Avatar

            ☀️😊

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  10. Prior... Avatar

    Hi Marsha
    I like your horse art and fun word play
    Also / the Nova is great / does Vince still one that?
    And Humpty Dumpty sad a great find in Mesa!
    -//

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Yvette. That was a fun post. Vince sold that car several years ago. I think it was my favorite of all his toys.

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      1. Prior... Avatar

        ☀️😊

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  11. Natalie Avatar

    Marsha, What a great collection of horses in public art. It’s amazing how the artists can create a sense of power and movement from the horse statues.

    My entry for PPAC this week is created by nature: https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2022/07/15/these-icebergs-made-my-day/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      What an amazing post, Natalie. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for playing this week, Woolly. That’s a great statue.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Cool mural, Liz. 🙂

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  16. Aimer Boyz Avatar
    Aimer Boyz

    I like how you snuck that Iron Horse in the mix and that Partial Delaware horse was bizarrely fascinating 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’m a bizarrely fascinating person. 🙂

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      1. Aimer Boyz Avatar
        Aimer Boyz

        LOL!

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  17. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    You really captured such great lighting on these horses Marsh!!
    Superb Marsha!!🙌🙌

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cindy

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  18. sheetalbravon Avatar

    I loved how you took the theme horse and played around with it, Marsha. That was very creative and fun. Superb post !

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much Sheetal. I may try something like that again. It was easy to do. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are really thinking outside the box on this one, my friend. Whoever did that – send them over to my house!!!

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  21. Teresa Avatar

    Some real awesome sculptures of horses, Marsha. But Humpty Dumpty is my fave for this week! 👍

    Here is my entry https://mywanderings.travel.blog/2022/07/16/the-city-of-casey/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Awesome – every little detail in place. 🙂

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  23. bushboy Avatar

    Humpty made me smile and that car!!!! Great galley of horse sculptures Marsha 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, BB. That was Vince’s pride and joy. It was a beauty! 🙂

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  24. restlessjo Avatar

    I so love sympathetic horse! I need such a creature in my life. Thanks so much for including me here, Marsha. I will go and visit the others now, while I have a little spare time. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Your post fit so beautifully, how could I not? I probably forgot to ask your permission, though! 🙂

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      1. restlessjo Avatar

        Granted, madam!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Whew! The advantages that friends take, huh? 🙂

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  25. Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog Avatar
    Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog

    You have certainly been creative with your theme. I like Humpty Dumpty

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Anne. Public art is one where you BYOT, Bring Your Own Theme. 🙂

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  26. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    Great post Marsha! I did not get to post anything last week! Was just far to busy! Will try my best this week!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I hear that, my friend. I think a lot of people are in that same category!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Adorable post, Elke. 🙂

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  28. willowdot21 Avatar

    Fabulous photos 💜😍

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Willow. 🙂

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      1. willowdot21 Avatar

        Hi Marsha how are you 💜💜

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I am super great – all healed. Thanks for asking, Willow. How about yourself?

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          1. willowdot21 Avatar

            I am fine too just having trouble sleeping, 💜💜

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Welcome to my world, girlfriend. I sleep once in a while more than 2-4 hours a night. Wine helps sometimes. Exercise helps.

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          3. willowdot21 Avatar

            Yes I agree it’s exhausting isn’t it 💜

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            Yes, it’s 2:39 am as I write this comment. LOL

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          5. willowdot21 Avatar

            Well I get that I do alot in the early hours too, right now though it’s 10.48am Saturday 💜💜💜

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            I am answering you at 9:37 am on Saturday after most of my chores are done. 🙂

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          7. willowdot21 Avatar

            Well done you, it’s nearly 6pm here and it’s very hot 🔥

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          8. Marsha Avatar

            It was hot here, but now at 4:16 pm, it’s about 84F or 29C and cloudy. No rain, but I will be able to walk comfortable in another couple of hours.

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          9. willowdot21 Avatar

            That sounds great I hope you enjoy your walk . It 7,09 am and today the temperature will be 29c not yet though so I must walk Ruby now while it’s only 15c hugs 💜

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          10. Marsha Avatar

            Enjoy your walk. This is fun. It’s 7:05. Puppy Girl and I just got back. It rained a lot, and the air was moist and warm but much cooler than this afternoon’s 96F/35.6 C. It’s 76F/30C right now on our patio and inside I’m sweating like a pig running from a carving knife. 🙂

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          11. willowdot21 Avatar

            Our walk was quiet and cool the rest of the day was quiet but not cool the temps went 29c/84.2f . That’s high for us and today it’s going up to 36c/96f
            which is crazy again so it’s 5.24 am and I am getting up to walk Ruby as it will be 22c/71f by 8am. Hubby is recovering from an operation on his arm and did not have a good night! It’s very sticky and hot all ready!

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          12. Marsha Avatar

            I’m amazed it is so hot there. Is this unusual? I’m so sorry about your husband. It is 10:30 at night here. Perfect temp right now – 75/24C. In Scottsdale about an hour and a half south of here, it’s 90/32C right now. Moji, our cat is on night lookout duty at the back sliding door. She’s on the alert for night bugs, birds and other critters. Puppy and I are checking comments and listening to sports on tv. Pretty dull evening, right? We had our 6:00 pm walk, and I got my new fitbit so I’m feeling more fit already. 🙂 Have a great day. Maybe we’ll chat tomorrow. 🙂 Take care, Willow. 🙂

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          13. willowdot21 Avatar

            Hi Marsha, weather is very rare here and it’s making things difficult. Our transportation network is not setup for this heat, our high speed trains can’t run at normal speed because the rails can buckle, not many of our houses have air con definitely none round here.
            Anyway I have walked Ruby, done the housework planned dinner and just sat down for a coffee. It only 9.46am!! Temp 27c and rising!! Hubby and Ruby are sitting in the front garden in full shade, I am round the back on the patio under the garden parasol! 💜

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          14. Marsha Avatar

            Wow, that sounds too hot! Here’s an ice cold lemonade. 🙂

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          15. willowdot21 Avatar

            Thank you much appreciated 💜

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          16. Marsha Avatar

            You’re welcome. I have iced tea if you’d rather.

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          17. willowdot21 Avatar

            Yes I like iced tea thank you 💜

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          18. Marsha Avatar

            Excellent choice, Willow. I have some gourmet brews. My favorite is mint.

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          19. willowdot21 Avatar

            That sounds fine to me thanks. it’s 5am and I must walk Ruby it’s going to be 23c by 7am today and then up to 35c plus.

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          20. Marsha Avatar

            Yikes! I did just buy something different – a V8 juice that includes fruit and some protein. It tastes like a delicious smoothie with few calories and 10 grams of protein.

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          21. willowdot21 Avatar

            That sounds good 💜

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          22. Marsha Avatar

            Shall I pour you a glass for today’s snack?

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          23. willowdot21 Avatar

            Thank you 💜

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          24. Marsha Avatar

            You are most welcome my friend
            . Today is a perfect day. Puppy and are are enjoying a shady grass area at my sister/in-laws. Birds chirping and touching down to say hi.

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          25. willowdot21 Avatar

            That sounds idyllic 💜

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          26. Marsha Avatar

            It was.

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          27. willowdot21 Avatar

            Excellent ☺️☺️

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          28. willowdot21 Avatar

            I like the sound of your evening 😊😊

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          29. Marsha Avatar

            Thanks, Willow. We had a huge storm after I went to bed.

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          30. willowdot21 Avatar

            Really thunder ?

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          31. Marsha Avatar

            Really! and lots of wind!

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          32. willowdot21 Avatar

            Well maybe your temperatures will drop now

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          33. Marsha Avatar

            It’s 87 here at 5:40 pm instead of 106 in Scottsdale and 103 where we used to live. Not bad but still hot.

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          34. willowdot21 Avatar

            Yes it certainly is !

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          35. Marsha Avatar

            The UK is in the news this morning. 104 degrees! Wow!

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          36. willowdot21 Avatar

            Yes and it went up to 41c 105 .8 F. And unfortunately parts of East London and other parts of England have been hit by wildfires. “Multiple homes have been destroyed by flames after a huge blaze spread to an east London village.

            Numerous wildfires have broken out across the UK as the country struggles with its highest temperatures ever recorded.” Hottest we’ve known it here.💜

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          37. Marsha Avatar

            It sounds like you are living in Phoenix instead of the UK. Last year, I think it was Portland, which has weather like your usual weather had temperatures up to 134F/56.7C. I think Cee said. Over 120F/49C at least. The temps were accompanied by fires as well.

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          38. willowdot21 Avatar

            Yes we have wildfires here too and it’s so unusual 💜

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          39. Marsha Avatar

            So much so, it was on our news!

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          40. willowdot21 Avatar

            It’s very shocking 💜

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          41. Marsha Avatar

            Yes, it is.

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  29. Lins Doodles Avatar
    Lins Doodles

    A great selection. Love the partial horse.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Isn’t he interesting. I would not have thought of combining a horse and a fish, but for a fountain he’s perfect.

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  30. PPAC – A Good Read | Lins Doodles Avatar

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Great picture for this week, Lin. 🙂

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  31. Sofia Alves Avatar

    Just an unusual statue for me this week, Marsha, but I did enjoy your horses 😀
    Here is mine:
    https://photographias.wordpress.com/2022/07/15/ppac-lisbon-11/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      very smart-looking.

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  33. Cee Neuner Avatar

    You have some real cool horses in your collection. 😀 😀 I like the steel rebar/wire one.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      That was a cool one. I just discovered the vintage, and I like the way it cut out the background enough to make the horses stand out.

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  34. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    Hi Marsha, it is nice to see these horse artworks all together like this.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Robbie. I didn’t have tons of time to throw this post together, and the idea came to me and I followed my instincts. Glad they paid off and are still working! 🙂

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  35. Lisa at Micro of the Macro Avatar

    Hi, Marsha, these are great shots! Made me think of the town of Ocala, Florida, officially named “Horse Capital of the World” in 2007. In the downtown area, that have many colorful horse statues on the sidewalks. Have a fun weekend! 🌞

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Interesting, Lisa. I wonder why anywhere in Florida would be the horse capital of the world? hmmm. We live in the town of the oldest rodeo in the world. Have you ever been down here for that? If not, maybe you should come down next year.

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      1. Lisa at Micro of the Macro Avatar

        Hi, Marsha, no, I haven’t spent a lot of time in your neck of the woods. I would love to explore more. Oh, and the Ocala, FL, area has huge, lush, rolling farms where some of the best horses in the US are bred. 🌞

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  36. Sadje Avatar

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Sadje. 🙂

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        You’re most welcome

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  37. Toonsarah Avatar

    These are great Marsha – I especially like the Pony Express horse and ride, and that Delaware part horse 🙂 And I love the idea of taking a theme like horses. I’ll definitely do that some time soon, but I’d already prepared this week’s contribution before you posted. It is however a throwback, to our last visit to Vienna eight years ago: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-on-the-streets-of-vienna/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      This is such a lovely post, Sarah. 🙂

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