Never Niggled to Share Precious New Prescott Memories

#Prescott Walk #4 Downtown

Amy, today’s Lens Artist Challenger asked us to write about our precious memories. Since my memory spans nearly 70 years, and fortunately it’s still working, it would take a lot of sorting to lift out the most precious ones. Instead of taking you on a wild goose chase back through the years, I will share some of the new precious memories that Vince, his sister Cindy, and I are making in Prescott, AZ.

Each day is a new adventure for the three of us adrift in a town of 44,000 with no friends or family to draw us here.

Saturday night barely two weeks before Christmas, Vince and I left home before it got dark. When we reached the corner of Courthouse Square, the fun and beauty popped into view. If I didn’t already live here, I’d want to move.

Prescott Memories – Almost Never Niggle

Niggled to drive downtown
A cold day
To take pictures 
Of Courthouse Christmas lights.

Sunset, orange clouds welcome
Silhouettes of western buildings
Thousands of lights
Climb trunks, celebrate in the branches.

Lighting children’s faces
Reflecting the colors for 
Their parents to share on Facebook
While grandparents write loving comments.

Statues posing backlit by
Blue, red, green, yellow, white
Tree trunks riding side saddle
Angels keeping watch.

66 words

Experimenting with filters, I found this glass filter blurred the lights enough to draw attention to the sky. It looked like it was going to storm, but except for a few raindrops, the sky was colorful but quiet.

“Sunset, orange clouds welcome silhouettes of western buildings.”

This torn edges filter erased the beautiful sky but gave our new memory an old-fashioned look like something out of a fifties magazine.

This young man raced the fire engine, which added excitement to an already thrilled crowd. The filter done in Photoshop was my attempt to give the photo a newspaper look. I’m sure many people shared a similar picture on Facebook tonight.

Some of the trees not only had their trunks lit, but had blink white lights to resemble snow flurries in their leaves.

“Thousands of lights climb trunks celebrate in the branches.”

This statue came under debate in my last Prescott walk. Vince and I thought that the horse stood on the man. My friend Anne Leueen suggested that the horse stood beside the man rather than on him. I’m still not sure.

“Statues posing backlit by blue, red, green, yellow, white.”

Visitors and residents of Prescott gather at the Courthouse. Except for the police presence during the day, it seems more like a city park than a place to try criminals.

This picture also has a magical Photoshop spell cast on it. Maybe you can guess which one. My precious memory fails me on this one. πŸ™‚

“Angels keep watch.”

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Author: Marsha

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. For thirty-five years, I lived in the most beautiful area in Central Valley of California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains minutes from the Sequoia National Park. As a child I moved from Indiana to Oregon. With my first husband I moved from Oregon to Colorado to California. Every time we moved, it hurt so much to leave friends. I never wanted to move again. After Mark passed, I married again. I told Vince that I could never budge from my roots in California. He said he loved the high desert. I don't think he ever thought he would realize his dream. 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.

42 thoughts on “Never Niggled to Share Precious New Prescott Memories”

  1. I love the Christmas feel to these photos. The one time I was in Prescott was for an art fair. We drove up from Mesa while I was visiting my parents. And we had lunch at a wonderful little restaurant, although I have no idea of the name.


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    1. Hi Janet, We are discovering so many nice restaurants, especially in the downtown area. My favorite is Murphy’s an old fashioned saloon about a block from the Courthouse Square. An art fair sounds fun, and I’m sure they will have another one. This is an artsy town. Not as much as Sedona, but it’s pretty amazing. πŸ™‚

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  2. Wow, EXACTLY 66 words….who knew?! How fun that you are making NEW precious memories Marsha. And how nice that the town welcomed you with such a beautiful array of color. As for the man/horse, my interpretation is that he is a warrior in an earlier war. He is lying on the ground to shoot his rifle (or to observe the battle) and his faithful steed is standing over him to protect him. That’s my story and I”m sticking to it!

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    1. LOL, and you are probably right. Anne, thinks the horse would not step on him and stay there. She knows way more about horse behavior than I do. Your conjecture matches well with hers. Thanks for playing along. This was a fun post to write and play with the filters on Photoshop.

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  3. This is such a joyful post igniting the holiday spirit with your pictures of cool lenses Marsha. Love the old fashion one too~! Also, gives a great plug for Prescott and creating some wonderful memories as you enjoy your first xmas there. It’s looking like the horse is on the man to me but It’s all about the angles in photography. Great post!~ ❀️ Cindy

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          1. You are so sweet. Hardships are just that, hard, but everyone has them. Some seem worse than others, but our attitude towards them either makes us and everyone around us miserable and weakens us, or makes the hardships bearable, and/or strengthens us. I prefer to choose forgiveness and acceptance rather than blame and bitterness.

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  4. Wonderful Christmas light displays! I think the man lying on the ground would be in agony if the horse was standing on him and he looks quite calm. Also horses usually react if they step on you accidentally and get off . Just putting in my two bits worth!😊

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  5. Greetings from snowy Spokane, Marsha. We got here Monday about 1pm after 10 hours on the road the day before in pouring rain in Oregon (as usual). It was nice to have a shorter drive Monday. I love your pics of Prescott and the different filters used for the effects. That first shot from your car window is really a new precious moment because it shows festivity and I can feel your excitement! We have snow today and tomorrow so I’m staying in and grading assignments and unpacking a few things into my BILs house. All is good and I hope you, Vince and Cindy are all well!

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    1. It’s getting so real, isn’t it? I put up so videos on my website for people to enjoy for the holidays. One of them is Leavenworth. While you’re waiting to move in, it would be a great trip. I’ve been there in the summertime, but it is one of the most beautiful cities at Christmas, according to one of the videos I posted. It would be perfect for your City Lights week on SS.

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