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PPAC #63: A Day of Public Mourning

 “It has always been easy to hate and destroy. To build and to cherish is much more difficult.”

Queen Elizabeth II


Last week for PPAC #62, 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.


My Choices for PPAC #63 A Day of Mourning

Queen Elizabeth II was born just days before my mother so my grandmother followed her life with a heightened interest in having babies at the same time as Elizabeth’s mother. Mom and I visited England in 1992 on an educational trip with San Joaquin Valley Writing Project. It counted for credits for me as a teacher, but it was a bonding trip for Mom, England, and me. I don’t have too many pictures of public art because my trip was more about schools.

Street in London, England with beautiful gardens and art
The National Wartime Museum with artifacts decorating the front of the campus

“When peace comes, remember it will be for us, the children of today, to make the world of tomorrow a better and happier place.”

Queen Elizabeth II
London Subway Art picture was taken in 1992
one tip of Canterbury Cathedral

Mom and I went to Canterbury for part of one day with our group. I can’t even visualize how this work was done even after I read about building the Cathedral in Pillars of the Earth by Irving Stone. Visualization isn’t one of my abilities. It helps to visit the actual places and take pictures.

Mom and I visited Stonehenge in 1992 when you could get up close. It might have been a bit windy that day.

My regret from this trip was that I did not take any pictures of art that would specifically honor Queen Elizabeth. It seemed that she tried to maintain a political balance and provided an anchor for the British people throughout my lifetime.

I would never have wanted to inherit that job, nor would most of us, I imagine. She did inherit it through no fault, choice, or ambitions of her own and filled the role to the best of her abilities facing a lot of opposition at times. May she rest now in peace.

Ongoing on Always Write

  • Linking today’s post to Natalie’s Coffee Share Week 36
  • On September 6th Story Chat introduced Gary Wilson’s story, “A Daily Regret” Read his great interview-style fiction to find out what could have been so bad as to cause someone to regret it daily.
  • Next week will be my last PPAC post for the month of September. PPAC and I will be back in the computer chair on October 14th. I will be traveling to Portland to meet several blogging friends as well as to spend time with my family and some other friends who live there. PPAC will return on October 14th
  • WQW #63: “Eating Your Way to Good Health
  • Upcoming topics for WQW
    • September 14: Senses: Sight
    • September 21: Autumn or Fall – Yvette Prior of Priorhouse Blog will be hosting the week of September 21st.
    • September 28: Fire, Writer’s Choice or WOTY – I will be traveling if someone would like to host this week.
    • October 5: Fitness Follow-up #3 Make Your Efforts Do Double Duty/ or favorite indoor sports or exercises – I will be hosting a garage sale and combining two households into one this week if someone would like to host WQW.

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. Interesting. I particularly liked the part about Stonehenge (Never been there!) when you could get close. I remember visiting the stone alignments at Carnac in Brittany in the mid-80’s. The alignments were open to the public. Stretched over fields and fields. You could climb on the Dolmens (flat stones). Now it’s fenced off. Too many visitors.
    In the same vein, I hear China is building a huge airport at Siem Reap in Cambodia with a target 30 million visitors a year to the temples of Angkor…
    (Glad I went there before)

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    • Wow 30 million visitors a year! Whew! That better be a huge place to hold that many visitors. Los Angeles has 3.9 million population. I’ve never heard of the alignments, but I looked it up. How interesting! Burial sites are often amazing places to visit. Thanks for your comment, Equinoxio.

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      • Pleasure Marsha.
        30 million is crazy. France gets roughly 90 million a year, but it’s the entire country. Angkor Vat is very wide spread, but it can “take” that many people.
        Glad you looked up Carnac.


  2. I’ve seen “The Crown” on Netflix and I learned so much about Queen Elizabeth and what it means to work in the royal family. It was by unfortunate chance she got this job and pretty much learned it as she went. Her reign happened around the time of television when the public would get access to royal events which made people feel like they knew her since she was in the job for so long.

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    • I actually think it was a good thing she started young. She was able to maintain her unbiased role brilliantly. I’m not sure she could have done that a few years later after she had developed more opinions. I think King Charles will have a harder time of that.


    • We didn’t sit on any stones as I remember, but we were lucky to be able to get so close. It was an awesome, but a somewhat chilly experience. Thanks again for sharing your beautiful pictures. I am late getting them linked, but they will be linked in two places on the next post and in the PPAC #63 post. 🙂

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      • Thanks Marsha. I think they should have stopped the sitting and stepping long ago. I remember also visiting the Acropolis many years ago and being able to walk amongst the stones. They’ve stopped that also. But it is nice to be able to put our hands on those stones.

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  3. Very much enjoyed your stroll down memory lane Marsha – I think we all feel the same way about HRH but how nice that your mom’s mom had a special link with her. Lucky you for making such an interesting trip with your mom. Very special.

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    • Hi Tina, Thanks so much for taking the time to read. That was such a memorable trip for both of us. There is so much to see and experience in England. We had three glorious weeks there.


    • Definitely, we’ve been watching a lot of the ceremonial activities on tv. As I was cleaning in between the Edinburgh ceremony today, of all things I found a leather bookmarker from St. Giles’ Cathedral in my office. Isn’t that a coincidence?

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    • Thanks, Gift, the app I bought for my phone that digitizes the photos also auto corrects the color. It does an amazing job and the digital picture looks much better than the original.


  4. My wife and and I visited Stonehenge in 1989 for our 10th year anniversary. I don’t think the rope barrier was even up because I seem to recall walking through the stones to see various perspectives.
    Yes – I’m that old. . . .

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  5. How lovely to share your memories of your trip to England to mark the Queen’s passing. She’s been around all our lives so it’s very strange to imagine the country without her, and we’re all discovering now how the machinery of succession works, for the first time. Lots of ceremony to mark our new King, and we’ll all have to get used to singing God Save the King rather than Queen!

    I’ve been in Paris recently so made sure to photograph lots of street art for you. Here’s the first batch:

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  6. It’s a weird thing about the Queen. It’s quite sad – even though I always felt sorry for her. I don’t think it would be a fun job at all.
    Yet she’s been the English (and Australian) Monarch for my whole life so it’s that weird end of constancy, I guess. Not a big fan of the Royals but I did always like her. That movie “The Kings Speech’ gave a real insight into her mentality, I think. And I’m not sure I would have been so selfless.


    • The King’s Speech was a great movie. I remember it was very inciteful into her father’s situation. There were several series done on Elizabeth’s life, too that were very good.


    • I think we look like weather reporters. LOL You don’t think the hair is a give away, Jodie? I wouldn’t chance wearing a wig. Did you ever read my wig story? I think Stonehenge is often windy but I’ve only been there once, so I can’t speak as an expert.


  7. Funnily enough I was born just days before Prince Charles, the new king. Mam was a great royalist and saw me as a potential partner for him. You have no idea how glad I am that I escaped that fate. I wish him well but I don’t think he’ll make old bones like his beloved mother. RIP Elizabeth. You were a jewel. 🤗💗

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  8. Hello Marsha – I would be honored to host the week of September 21: Autumn or Fall
    (Let me know if it is still open)

    And that photo of you and your mother brought a smile

    I could feel the joy of the trio and the breeze in the air -☀️😊

    And I can also relate to not taking photos (or videos) of more interesting stuff in the early 1990s!

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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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