Monday, December 1, 2014

Scavenger Hunt, November 2014: Las Vegas



One of the highlights of November for me
was returning to Las Vegas for a long weekend 
and having a wonderful time with great friends.




November's List

1.  N is for Night
The High Roller Wheel
from the Eiffel Tower




The Bellagio Fountains
from the Eiffel Tower







The Strip from the Eiffel Tower

 Night or Day, Vegas Plays



2.  12 p.m.
Liftoff, Leaving Las Vegas 12:00 p.m.




Till Next Time




3.  People
McCarran International Airport
Las Vegas







Two special people:
Jon and Terry.

Jon's Padres played 
better than Terry's Rockies, 
so Terry made good 
on his losing bet, 
by wearing a Padres jersey
for a week.

But he kept his Rockies
close to his heart.







Crowds of People on Frenetic Fremont Street
Downtown Las Vegas




4.   Look Back
1957 Ford Thunderbird



Sigh!  How I would love to have this car!
Only $65,000!
What fun it is to look back at classic cars!






5.  Joy Is . . .
  Dave, Jon,Terry, Louise, and Julie
with $1,000,000
at Binion's, Fremont Street, Las Vegas

Joy is spending time with great friends!



6.   Out and About
Out and About in Las Vegas
Paris Las Vegas






Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas




7.  Paper
 Papier-mâché Ent in the Bellagio Conservatory 

Jasmine Amigud modeled the ent
after J.R.R. Tolkien's ents in The Lord of the Rings.  
The ent is 10 feet tall and is
made of papier-mâché and organic materials.




8.  Window
 Looking Out the Conservatory Windows
at the Bellagio's Windows




9.  Hair
A Floral Horse in the Bellagio Conservatory



 
The horse hair is made of hydrangeas, yarrow, and dune grass.





10.  Funny
Container Park Praying Mantis 
Downtown Fremont Street

This fire-spouting praying mantis is really funny.
It made me think of monsters in B Movies.




11.  Something You Found
Mural, SLS Las Vegas





Chihuly White Sky Blue Persian Set
Chihuly Shop, Bellagio 



12.  Whatever You Please

Carl “Safe Sax” Ferris
Fremont Street

Whenever I am on Fremont Street at night
I listen for Carl Ferris
playing one of his saxophones.
He always gets people moving.

Dance with an Angel ~ Rod Smith








December's List:
Where you stood, Down low, A view from here, A favorite thing,
Front door, Sweet, Christmas, Decoration, Tree, Tradition,
Black & white, Whatever you want

Thanks to Jill (Greenthumb) 
and her Made with Love blog 
for setting up the scavenger hunt.

47 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun time!
    You were spying on diners.
    And that chick is nude!

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    1. It was a fun time, Alex! They weren't actually diners; they were gamblers below where I was waiting in line to ride the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower. I had to take quite a few shots to get one in focus, but with the faces blocked and the dancer on the bar relatively tame. I like to challenge myself!

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  2. You always have the most original entry! Love all the lights and the paper model. My favourite though is that gorgeous car - I soooo need to win the lottery! x

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I love roaming around Vegas with my little point-and-shoot camera. There are endless opportunities for finding photos. That car is a dream! Have a good one!

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  3. I loved the picture at binions. You were obviously having a ball! Your pictures were great. Wish I was there.

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    1. Thanks, Peggy! You can get a free photo at Binion's with the money. I took my photo and edited it to bring it closer and make it sharper. We had the best fun, and I bet that you would have had a blast with us! Take care!

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  4. What a fun post!!! I love the fountain, the night shots, everything!!! My night shots are terrible. These are fantastic!!! :)

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    1. Thanks, Linda! I had such fun taking these! The only way I could get the fountain with my point-and-shoot camera was to steady it on the cross wires at the top of the Eiffel Tower and film a video of the Bellagio fountain show. Then I pulled a frame out of the video, cropped it, and sharpened it. I've learned to do that for things that are moving. I usually have to take several shots of something I want to make sure that I've got a good one. Don't give up on night shots ~ just shoot, shoot, shoot! Have a great evening!

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  5. I've always wanted to visit Vegas

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    1. Vegas is so much fun, Adam! I hope you get there sometime, and sooner rather than later. Have a good one!

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  6. Great photos!! I love the Papier Machê and the Fountains are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Claudia! It always makes my day when someone enjoys my photos! Take care!

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  7. Thanks for taking part in this months scavenger hunt, can you believe just one more month till the end of another year. What a great group of photos, I really like N, hair, paper. Greenthumb

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    1. Thank you for setting it up, Jill! No, I can't believe it's almost the end of the year. I'm a little panicked because Christmas is coming up fast, and I have so much to do. I love the holidays, so it's well worth the craziness! Hope all is well with you!

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  8. Great photos Louise! I can see that you all had a wonderful time there!! So much to see and do!
    Was that million dollars guarded?

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    1. Thanks, Jim! There are "eyes" everywhere in ALL the casinos, and the million dollars (2,700 $100 bills, 34,400 $20 bills and 42,000 $1 bills ~ wikipedia ) is protected by a plexiglass or acrylic container. I couldn't find a way to walk off with it! I looked! LOL! Have a good one!

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    1. Thanks, TPC! We had a blast! Have a good one!

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  10. Couldn't you grab that million and run really really fast? Las Vegas sure looks like a fun time. One day I'll have to give it a go.

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    1. I hope you do get to go, Pat! Vegas is so much fun! I wouldn't get too far with the million. It's a big and heavy display! I'm sure lots of people have imagined taking the money and running fast (me included ~ LOL). Have a good one!

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  11. Las Vegas must be a photographer's dream! So much to see and every possible subject matter!

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    1. It is a photographer's dream, Debra. I have thousands of photos from Vegas over the decades. I love exploring it with my camera. Have a happy week!

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  12. OHMYGOSH...fabulous photos! What an amazing time. What an amazing place. I think I'd burn out my camera visiting this area :)

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    1. You would have a blast with your camera in Las Vegas, Martha! I can spend hours roaming with my camera. It's always changing, and it's 24/7/365! People watching is unbelievable! Endlessly fascinating. Have a great week!

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  13. Wow what a great set of photos, a world apart from mine...looks like a great time.
    Amanda xx

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    1. We did have a great time, Amanda! Vegas is like nowhere else in the world! That makes it fascinating for me to visit and to photograph. Have a good one!

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  14. Olá Louise.
    Muito criativa sua série, tudo muito alegre e colorido!
    Gostei da janela e da pilha de dólares... também seria motivo de muita alegria para mim.

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    1. Olá Judy!
      Obrigado pelo seu comentário tipo. Fico feliz que você tenha gostado minhas fotos. Vegas é um lugar divertido para visitar, e as oportunidades fotográficas são infinitas. Tenha um ótimo dia!

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    2. Obrigada Louise. Você é muito gentil sua visita me fez feliz!

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  15. That trip must surely have been much fun and although I understand it well, it's not my cup of tee!
    But your pictures are so vivid, full of life and so colorful!
    Thanks for your kind comments, Fundy, and keep well!

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    1. Hi Noushka! Vegas is completely opposite your favorite haunts, my friend!!!!! I find it fascinating because it is uniquely different from anywhere else in the world. It is so brazenly, gaudily, over-the-top, outrageously American! I love it! Thanks for your kind words about my photos! They are truly encouraging to me. Take care, my friend!

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  16. Sounds like so much fun!!! I'd love to visit Vegas someday. They say what happens there stays there - thank goodness LOL

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    1. Hi Keith! I usually get in more trouble at home, because I am aways more cautious and on the alert in Vegas. Fortunately I have my steady, calm, and predictable husband with me almost always, because I do have a tendency to get into trouble (hence the title of my blog)! I do hope you get to visit Las Vegas sometime. It is quite an experience, but definitely not for everyone. Have a great week, Keith. I'm playing catchup again after the Thanksgiving long weekend, but I'll be reading your blog very soon!

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  17. How did a person with such strong connections to Canada wind up in the United States? I think that my wife and I must be the only people who have visited Las Vegas only to get up early each morning to leave town to go birding. There is also good birding at Sunset Park right in the city. As for the rest of Las Vegas, it holds absolutely no appeal for me.

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    1. Hey David! Would you believe that I went on a blind date in Madrid, which resulted in my marrying a paralyzed Vietnam vet blues and country singer, and emigrating to California from Newfoundland? Yup! that's how I landed here in the US! My first husband died a long time ago, and now I'm living in Colorado. Actually I've gotten up early a number of times to visit Red Rock Conservation area just west of the Las Vegas strip. My husband and I like to hike and see all the wonderful wildlife, plants, and geology. It is a wonderful contrast to the frenetic strip and Fremont Street. I enjoy both worlds, although I will admit that there is a dark and seedy side to Vegas. Have a happy day, David!

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  18. I visited Vietnam two years ago. Great place to visit and a great place to bird.

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    1. Haven't made it to Vietnam yet, but Cambodia was great! I only had a few days there, so I was caught up in all the archeological sights.

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  19. How gorgeous is that car?! I would love that!
    I love the papier mache.

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    1. Hi LBM! Isn't that car a beauty?! Have a good one!

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  20. Hi Fundy, What a fun post - I only wish I had been there with you - like so many other times! Cheers, Barb

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    1. I wish you had been there too, Barb!!!!! We had so much fun! Hugs!

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  21. Vegas ~ such a eclectic smorgasbord of action, colours and sheer delight.

    Thanks Louise.

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  22. Thanks Ronnie!!!!! It's a fun place!

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  23. I feel like I've been on a little holiday after looking at all of your Vegas photos...obviously everything that happens in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas ;) Wonderful photos, showing an amazing selection...love the car, too, and the Chihuly White Sky Blue Persian Set! Looks like you had a fabulous and fun time with good friends! Certainly brightens up November!

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    1. Thanks, Glo! If I had a spare $100,000 I'd have left Vegas with that car and that Chihuly piece in a heartbeat! Just about every time I go to Vegas, I go to the Chihuly store and dream! Have a great weekend!

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