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PPAC #62: Bears, Totems, and Their Friends

When you’re a young child, you pick a totem animal, and you just identify with it to the point of wishing you were that animal.

Diane Lane


Last week for PPAC #61, 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.


  • 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.


I struggle to comment on some sites. I just figured out with Sarah’s post that if I comment through WP Reader, I’m able to post my comment. In the post itself, the black Log In box covers the icons or anywhere you need to enter information and forbids you to enter anything.

My Choices for PPAC #62 Bears, Totems, and Friends

These next pictures are different perspectives of an Arizona bear and either a very brave or very foolish boy. When I changed perspectives on the bear, it seemed like it went from looking sleepy to annoyed. What do you think the boy was doing with the bear? Herding it? Playing catch? Hunting? Getting ready to ride it? Something else?

Side view
The discussion with the bear
Front view of the boy
Loving or annoyed bear
Bear contemplating his options


It seems that no one ever wants to be at the top of the totem pole. Most quotes are whining about being on the bottom rung or level of the totem pole.

When you get started in comedy, you’re at the bottom of the totem pole. Not only are you not getting paid at these open mics. You’re actually paying to do them.

Scott Rogowsky

Manny was happy to enjoy the totem in the arms of a beautiful woman. In fact, to be honest, I don’t think Manny cared about the totem at all.

All these totems live in Hawaii on Kauai. In fact, they may not be totems at all because they don’t have levels. They are all probably content being called statues, or, like Manny, they don’t care one way or another. None of them look particularly passionate.
These totems like hats. The sign says, “FOR YOUR SAFETY Please stay behind the roped area. Are these attack statues? Why do you think it is only safe to stay behind the roped areas?
There isn’t any police tape around the poles, so it looks like no one was injured in this accident except for the lazy statue. He looks like he’s sunk into the ground a bit, so he’s probably been laying there a while. It looks like he’s not breathing, so I definitely stayed behind the roped area.

Catty Update

Nutter Butter, our four-year-old cat seems somewhat better but still has digestive issues. We found out yesterday that he has Corona Virus! (Not Covid). Eighty percent of cats have the virus in them. Most cats are asymptomatic. It doesn’t spread to humans or through humans to other cats. Spreading the virus is a messy proposition, so if your cat has it, he or she probably should not share a litter box. Our other cat, Moji has been with him since they were born, so she is probably immune.

Unfortunately, the virus doesn’t go away. It can be exacerbated by stress. Nutter Butter is always stressed, as you can see. At the very best he will be on special prescription probiotic cat food for the rest of his life. At worst, it can be fatal.

Ongoing on Always Write

  • On September 6th Story Chat will introduce Gary Wilson’s story, “A Daily Regret” Stay tuned to find out what could have been so bad as to cause someone to regret it daily.
  • WQW #32: “Dirty Jobs and August in the Rear View Mirror
  • Upcoming topics for WQW
    • September 7: Food: Healthy Snacks
    • September 14: Senses: Sight
    • September 21: Autumn or Fall
    • September 28: Fire, Writer’s Choice or WOTY

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.

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  1. The second photo of the boy and the bear looks playful. When we were planning our first camping trip with Lana, I feared that we would find a bear because then she’d quickly learn that bears in real life are not so friendly lol….


  2. All these statues are fun. And it’s fun to see how different angles can change their expressions. The hat-wearing statue faces are quite meme-worthy!

    Continuing to send my best wishes to Nutter Butter and I hope that the special prescription can help.

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  3. I keep meaning to participate in PPAC and then forgetting… sigh.

    Poor kitty! I hope the prescription food does the trick, and he lives a long, stress-free life.

    Loved the attack statues! That’s a good beginning for a horror story right there.

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    • I understand forgetting to link to different challenges. It is a challenge to link to challenges. One of the benefits is the bond that you get when you get into a relationship. Another is that some challenges expand my thinking and skill sets. I hope that my challenge does, but I think mostly they are just fun.


      • Hey, what happened to my first part of the comment? I am constantly having trouble with yours and Sarah’s site…I don’t know why.

        I just said that I love your Totems. I would’ve loved the bears too but I just watched Beast the Movie yesterday and I am moving away from scary animals.

        Hope Nutter Butter gets fully recovered. So is that Corona Virus not related to Covid?

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        • Hi again. I have trouble with some sites, too. I don’t know why. It depends on where the box is that tells you to sign in. Going to Reader helps, but what a pain! Thanks for all the kind words.I haven’t seen Beast the Movie. I’m not a fan of scary movies! Cat Corona Virus has been around for 50 years and can be contagious, but most cats carry it anyway. It is another type of corona virus from Covid 19 and does not affect humans – than goodness.

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          • Thanks for the info about Corona…I don’t have a cat so that is new to me.

            Yes I go around and am able to comment sometimes (when I am lucky) but at times I leave it for a while to do it the next time but sometimes I forget about it and that’s the problem haha. Anyway have a good day Marsha!

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          • Yes, if it takes too much effort, it can get put to the back burner and forgotten. I get irritated though, when I spend the time to read someone’s post, I want to comment on it to let them know I was there.

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  4. I am really sorry to hear about your cat, Marsha. Nutter Butter is a cool name. Our cat’s name is Push-Push. These totems look nothing like the ones in the British Museum. Those ones were very tall. I took a picture of my husband next to one and it was significantly higher. They were on display in the foyer area.

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    • Thank you, Wayne. I hope NB gets better sooner than later, too. I have a feeling you are right, but maybe he is like the character in Lion King, and the bear raised him. They seem to be on friendly terms.

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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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