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PPAC #64: A Day Celebrating Heroes

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

Christopher Reeve


Last week for PPAC #63 “A Day of Mourning,” 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 #64 A Day to Celebrate Heroes

Last week the United States honored the fallen heroes and those who lost loved ones on 9-11-2001. Prescott, AZ honors its own heroes, 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Fire on 6-30-2013. Vince, Cindy, and I were having a sandwich across the street. In the two years, we lived here, we had never seen this mural before. So Vince and I returned yesterday after my wonderful blogger meetup and I took pictures while he had the car washed. Win-Win!

Yarnell Fire 19 Hotshots Mural, Prescott, AZ, firefighter heroes at the Iron Springs Road Ocean Blue Car Wash
Introductory mural sign: “19 Heroes, Prescott, AZ, Granite Mountain, Hotshots Yarnell Fire, Last alarm 6-30-2013, Ashcraft, Caldwell, Carter, Deford, MacKenzie, Marsh, McKee, Misner, Norris, Parker, Percin, Rose, Steed, Thurston, Turbyfill, Warneke, Whitted, Woyjeck, Zuppiger”
Prescott Mural of 19 Hotshots fighting the Yarnell Fire in Granite Mountain.
Prescott Mural of 19 Hotshots fighting the Yarnell Fire in Granite Mountain.

We were so impressed by the realism in this mural. It looked like part of the surrounding area from a distance especially.

I love the reflection on the hood and the expression on the firefighter’s face. So willing to serve even though it cost them everything.
Prescott firetruck with the words, “Thanks to our protectors and heroes past and present.”

Hero in Meyer, AZ

Yavapai County Sheriff’s say Sgt. Richard Lopez, 51, was trying to apprehend a suspect after a theft call when he was shot in a Cordes Lakes neighborhood. A good man was lost in protecting the community.

The Cellar Creekside, where we had our blogger meetup, had these mourning black and blue striped American flags made to honor the fallen hero in the small town of Meyer, AZ. They raised over $3,000 to help out the family as well.

Blogger Meetup

Our AZ Blogger Meetup in Meyer, AZ was the first in the Prescott area, about halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff. The perfect weather allowed for a tour of the entire Creekside Resort campus. I’ll share more in a later blog post.

Leslie, Jodie, and Charlotte from Jodie’s Touch of Style pose on the balcony of one of the cabins.
Rob, Jodie’s husband, the photographer from Jodie’s Touch of Style, checks his new photos on the front porch of Cellar Creekside.

Ongoing on Always Write

  • 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
  • Sarah Wilkie of Travel with Me will host PPAC next Friday. Please post on her site instead of mine. I will try to visit as many of your posts as I can. She will be traveling soon after that, too, so may not get to visit you.
  • If anyone wants to host PPAC on September 30, please let me know.
  • WQW #35: “Seeing Apricot and Other Strange Sightings
  • Upcoming topics for WQW
    • 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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    • I’m not sure, if Yarnell was the largest fire, but 19 firefighters died fighting it, so it was the largest loss of life. I didn’t live here then, but we still commemorate the 19 every year on the anniversary of the fire by adding 19 next to the P on the hill for Prescott.


  1. The murals really are beautiful and look realistic. I love that they even included a reflection on the hood as you pointed out. Always appreciate how public art often honors local history that shouldn’t be forgotten like this.


  2. That mural is so well done – the vehicles almost seem to be driving out of it! No public art from me this week as I’m catching up on other posts but I’ll have the rest of my Paris finds for you next week 🙂

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  3. We are still talking about what a gem Creekside was. Thank you for setting up time and I can’t wait to do it again. We definitely have those museums we want to check out in Prescott, so it will be a great field trip!!

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    • I was just telling Yvette what a great time we had. It was so fun getting to know you all better. The last time I got to know Rob but you were a little farther away to chat. Even though the seating wasn’t super close at Creekside, it was so quiet and we had more of a closed conversation without everyone talking at the same time. Different dynamics. All great, but different. Each time we meet it will be a new opportunity. I hope we have many more wonderful times together. Your friend and mother are lovely. Just so much fun! I’m looking forward to the next field trip.





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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