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’S FABULOUS BLOGGERS

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.

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.

YOUR BLOG POST GOES HERE

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

Totems

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.


65 responses to “PPAC #62: Bears, Totems, and Their Friends”

  1. Wind Kisses Avatar

    I love the change in perspectives of the bear and the boy. Well done. And I love the Hawaii totems. Fun post.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Donna. One of the PPAC posts was totems lying down. A very different perspective!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Love these!

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  2. wideeyedwanderingspoonie Avatar

    Oh how lovely, the bear and boy remind me of Mowgli and Baloo from Jungle Book. 😉 So sorry to hear about Nutter Butter hoping for a lifetime of special cat food.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for your kind words. I’ll tell NB you thought of him. I wonder if those characters are who that scultpure is supposed to depict. I bet it is. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, and I didn’t take the sign, or it didn’t show up when I sorted.

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      1. wideeyedwanderingspoonie Avatar

        They sure do look like the characters, although I don’t recall Mowgli ever having a feather decoration. 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          LOL The artist’s creative choice about including a feather, I guess!

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  6. Julie Avatar

    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….

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      Love this walk and your wonderful painting, too, Teresa!

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  8. Gift N. T. Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you, Gift. I’ll have to look for a meme to fit them, LOL. NB is still struggling. He has corona virus.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      adorable PPAC for this week.

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  10. Janet Alcorn Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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.

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  12. Amy Avatar

    Such a fun ppac, Marsha! Love the close-up images. 🙂

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  13. Alison Avatar

    The bear statue is just brilliant, so much expression

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  14. philosophy through photography Avatar

    Interesting angles.
    Love the bear.

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  15. Teresa Avatar

    Love your totems. I would’ve liked your bears too but I just watched Beast (movie) yesterday and I have every reason to be scared of them right now haha. Here is my entry for this week! https://mywanderings.travel.blog/2022/09/01/walking-to-get-coffee/

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    1. Teresa Avatar

      Sorry the movie was not about bears but still … 😱

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      1. Teresa Avatar

        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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        1. Marsha Avatar

          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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          1. Teresa Avatar

            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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          2. Marsha Avatar

            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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  17. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    oh no Marsha… i’m sooo sorry about nutter butter. I love your totem pics but so sad about her.. hugs and love 💖💖💖💖💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      He is stressing out on my bed right now with his eyes closed even when I turned on the light.

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      1. Teresa Avatar

        Oh dear me 🥲

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      2. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        oh this is soooo hard Marsha. is there medication that can help? sending energy and love to him now. 💖💖

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  18. Jodie Avatar
    Jodie

    Poor Nutter Butter. Obviously, the stress is getting to him. Have you tried a cat psychologist? (just kidding)
    It’s so hard when our fur babies aren’t doing well,
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Our neighbor is a therapist. Maybe she can help him!

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  19. sustainabilitea Avatar

    I like the attack totems. 😉. Poor Nutter Butter. Give him a hug from me.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      LOL I hope you stay away from any attack totems you see in your area! I will give NB a hug from you. That will make him feel better. 🙂

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  20. Jacqui Murray Avatar

    Lots of great pictures. The bear wins the prize!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Jacqui. He’ll take it. He said he hopes it’s a fish.

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  22. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    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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    1. Marsha Avatar

      As I wrote the post, I thought about them, and decided they weren’t even totem poles, but they are rustic looking. I love the name Push-Push. Our other cat pushes her toys all over the floor. 🙂

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  23. cognacproject Avatar

    I feel bad for the kitty 😦 but I love your pics 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much. He has a good chance of recovering, I think. He is a little better today. The doctors call me every day to check on him.

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  25. Tofino Photography Avatar

    that is a Native boy and he wasn’t around for much longer I suspect. That is a fully grown Grizzly and they don’t fool around!
    I hope Nutter Butter gets well soon!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      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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  26. Sofia Alves Avatar

    I love them all. The sculpture is wonderful, the totems great. Your cat is too cute, I hope it turns out ok.
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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Gorgeous find, Sofia. 🙂

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  28. Natalie Avatar

    Marsha, A wonderful collection of totems. I think the boy is saying to the bear “Hey look at me!”. I hope your cat feels better soon. Here’s my contribution this week:
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  30. Sadje Avatar

    Love your pics Marsha

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Sadje. 🙂

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        My pleasure

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