Friday, June 17, 2022

Rain's Thursday Art Date: A Vegas Separation and More ~ June 17, 2022

Vegas, Baby!
That's where Terry and I are today.

This week I am participating in my friend Rain's Thursday Art Date.
The theme is Colourful June: Red for June 16, 2022,
and I actually had my post ready before I hopped on Southwest Airlines.

I ❤️ Southwest Airlines
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
March 26, 2019
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Under serious time pressure, I rapidly scrolled through my out-of-control photo collection,
and every time I spotted a flash of red, I stopped and pulled the photo unto my desktop.
I stopped racing when I realized I had more photos than belonged in any post.
So now I'm picking my favorites from those randomly chosen photos.
I'm sure I missed a few in my spinning that were awesome, but it is what it is.

So here we go!  Red, Baby!

Vegas Vickie Under the Canopy
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
February 24, 2015
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Vegas Vickie arrived to reign over the Girls of Glitter Gulch strip club in 1980.
With twenty-five feet of vibrant neon,
Vickie quickly became a popular and famous cowgirl.

In 2017 a number of Fremont Street icons were demolished to make way for Circa,
the first casino built from the ground up in Las Vegas in over forty years.
The demolitions included the Girls of Glitter Gulch,
Mermaids Casino, and the Las Vegas Club.
Circa Sign
Circa Resort & Casino
LasVegas, Nevada, USA
February 24, 2015
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I have no personal experience of the GGG myself (nor does Terry, just clarifying), 
but I've read that its seductive atmosphere and gorgeous girls 
are fondly remembered by former patrons. 

Vegas Vickie returned for the opening of Circa on October 28, 2020.
She's alive and kicking in Circa's hotel lobby. 
after being carefully restored with smoothed over dents, 
a fresh coat of paint, adjusted lights for indoors, 
and a new leg motor to power her signature kick.

Vegas Vickie in Her New Digs
Circa Resort & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
March 30, 2021
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She was "married" to Vegas Vic in 1994 to celebrate the opening of
the Fremont Street Experience, a pedestrian-only zone under a lighted canopy.
Sadly, they are now separated, as Vegas Vic remains outside under the canopy.
It's hard to maintain a marriage if you're geographically separated for a long time.
It's looking dicey for this Vegas couple.

Vegas Vic Under the Canopy
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
October 10, 2019
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Here are my favorite Red Photos from my spinning randomly through my photos:


A Red Shack in Peggy's Cove
Nova Scotia, Canada
July 27, 2014
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Hula Dancers in a Parade
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
March 8, 2015
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London Buses
London, England, United Kingdom
May 29, 2014
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The Stars and Stripes, The Washington Monument, and Terry
Washington, D.C., USA
September 3, 2015
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My Sister Donnie and My Brother Roy Relaxing 
in the Glow of a Bonfire and Sunset
Smith's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
August 16, 2015
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Afternoon Snack
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
July 27, 2014
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Hibiscus
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
April 21, 2015
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Point Prim Lighthouse
Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada
August 3, 2015
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My Sweet Little Sister Donnie
Smith's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada
1960-61
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Stained Glass Window in Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris
Paris, France
May 26, 2014
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A Sculpture of a Balled-up Volkswagen Beetle
Resorts World Las Vegas 
LasVegas, Nevada, USA
August 12, 2021
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Totem Pole
Somewhere in Alaska, USA
June 30, 2015
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Window Display on Waikiki
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
February 4, 2022
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The Butchart Gardens
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada
July 12, 2012
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A Feast of Lobsters for the MacBeath Clan
Smith's Cove Nova Scotia, Canada
August 7, 2019
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London Icons
London, England, United Kingdom
May 29, 2014
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Poppies In Remembrance ~ On Behalf of Britain's Armed Forces
London, England, United Kingdom
June 1,  2014
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Skálholt 1550
by Friðrik Briddle 
Oil:  150 X 200 cm.
The Beheadings of the Last Roman Catholic Bishop of Iceland and His Two Sons
Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Reykjavík, Iceland
June 1,  2014
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And just to remind myself never to take myself too seriously,
here I am in all my fashion-challenged glory timidly feeding an elephant in Thailand:

Me, Feeding an Elephant 
After a Long Jungle Ride to Sairung Falls!
Sairung Elephant Camp
Outside of Khao Lak, Thailand
December 14, 2008
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Our Glow in the Dark Honeymoon Photo
Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic Peninsula 
Washington State, USA
September 4, 1984
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And thanks to Kathy at hummingbirdwoodlandstudio.blogspot.com 
who reminded me that I do have some art to share.
In her post Kathy shared a photo of the Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls
her grandmother made for her about sixty years ago.

I made them too as a project for Home Economics in 1965-1966,
possibly from the same pattern.
I didn't have the traditionally-colored fabrics for the dolls. 
I was living in rural Nova Scotia, and I could only use
what was available in our small general store.
Their faces look mottled, because the only stuffing to be had was black and white.

I sewed these with my Grandmother MacDonald's foot-treadle powered,
chain-stitching Singer sewing machine from the late 1800s.
I was so upset when I realized I'd sewed Ann's nose on crookedly. 
I was too tired and pulling an all-nighter to finish the project.
I think my all-nighter nights are finally behind me!


Raggedy Andy and Ann Dolls
Aurora, Colorado, USA
June 10, 2022
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On Monday morning Terry came in from the deck and said,
"Honey, there's a bird nest."

"WHAT?  Where?"

"On the far side of the far speaker."

"Damn!" I said as ran out and looked up at a tiny nest
squeezed in between a scrub brush and a plastic container.
Sometimes all you can do is laugh!
Since we're using opposite ends of the deck, I'm sure we'll get through this ~ lol!   



You Win Some, You Lose Some ~ LOL!
Aurora, Colorado, USA
June 12, 2022
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On Tuesday morning I tippy-toed over to the nest,
and there she was sitting on her eggs!
"Yo, Mama Finch!  Good luck!
You stay at your end of our duplex deck, and I'll stay at mine!"

I told the story of my Bird Wars here last week.

Next week's theme is Colourful June: Purple for June 23, 2022.

Stay colorful and creative! 






Till next time ~
Fundy Blue

  My next post will be on 
Friday, June 30, 2022, as I'm traveling.



On the Bay of Fundy
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35 comments:

  1. How I love your flashes and splashes of red.
    And I am amazed at the tenacity of the nest builders - and glad that you have found a way to share the space.

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    1. Thanks, Sue! Most days red is my favorite color, but sometimes, depending on my mood, another will edge it out briefly. I'm rooting for the little finch. Nature can be harsh, but you have to admire the strength and tenacity of the little fluffs of life. Hugs to you!

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  2. hahahaha Bird 1, You 0. hahaha One determined little bird.

    I've seen that horse and that red barn. Even got some pics of the horse in my ever growing stash too. haha and all you enjoyed was the neon girl? Geez, inside might have been a bit more fun haha Yeah. Being outside while his wife is inside doesn't make for a great marriage lol He looks a bit more rough around the edges too.

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    1. Geez, Louise! I thought about going into the Girls of Glitter Gulch just to see the iconic club, and it wouldn't have bothered me if Terry had. But somehow I never did, and then the bulldozers moved in. I'm glad that Vegas Vickie was saved and displayed. I suspect your photo collection rivals mine. Cowgirls love their cowboys, even when they're grungy. I think it's hilarious that we photographed the same horse! Have a great weekend, my friend!

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  3. I love all your red photos! Such varied and interesting subjects. Raggedy Andy's nose looks perfectly fine to me? Pretty humiliating to be outsmarted by a tiny bird brain, eh, Louise, hahahaha. And finally -- Vegas Vickie can do MUCH better than that bum Vegas Vic.

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    1. Humiliating, for sure, and funny, Debra! I rarely go anywhere without my camera. It's usually in my hand ready to go. I drive Terry crazy at times, and he has perfected the continuously-moving-forward stroll, while I stop to shoot, run to catch up, stop to ... Yes, Vickie can move up in this world. Have a lovely weekend!

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    1. They sure did ~ lol! Have a happy weekend, Christine!

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  5. ...Louise, red is a wonderful color and you've raised to the next level. The VW ball is fabulous and lobsters are quite a treat. Oh my, our honeymoon started in 1968 and is still going. Take care and have a great time.

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    1. Here's to long lasting honeymoons, Tom! Thanks for your kind words. We're having a blast. Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. You showed us some brilliant “red” pictures there. I especially liked the stars and stripes composition, the lighthouse, the portrait of your sister, but not forgetting all those lobsters and the poppies.

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    1. Thanks, Phil! I appreciate your kinds words and visit. Have a good one!

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  7. I LOVE Vegas Vickie and Vegas Vic, very cool Louise, thanks for posting those photos!!! That shack at Peggy's Cove...I would have loved to get over there when I went for Raven's brace but there wasn't enough time! I went as a kid, I have foggy memories of that area! Oh I love the "Afternoon Snack"!!! And your sister Donnie! Oh that Maritime lobster...I'm craving it! I LOVE the photo of your "fashioned challenged glory" lol lol...feeding an elephant, how cool is that? Your Raggedy's are so cute! OMG Louise, the birds got you!!! The battle continues lol!

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    1. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this post, Rain! I had such fun putting it together! Pat Hatt told me that he has photographed the same horse. I think that's so funny. Yup, I was outwitted by a house finch. She has the deck to herself for a few days, and I hope she does okay with her eggs. We have a lot of hawks in the area, so I worry. Have a great weekend. Give all the Fur Babies their favorite pats or scratches for me. xoxox

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  8. I always wondered if there was a vegas cowgirl

    My son was born on Wednesday by the way

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    1. Oh, Adam! I'm so excited for you, your wife, and daughter! Your new baby son fills out your family! This is wonderful news, the best news, my friend! I'll be catching up will all your posts. I'm going to get a big cup of coffee tomorrow morning and settle in with your posts (and other too). Enjoy every moment! I hope you're not too exhausted. I hope your wife is resting and recovering well! My congrats and well wishes to you all. ❤️🙏🏼😂🥰

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  9. Louise, I'm so happy for you! I know you mentioned the trip to Vegas on my Instagram post but I want to wish you a great time again! How fun. LOVE that honeymoon photo. Soooo adorable! All your images are full of energy and good times. And I was really excited to see a photo from Nova Scotia. My hubby and I are headed east in September to visit P.E.I. and Nova Scotia...and we'll finally be meeting Jim and Ron!!! I am sooooooo excited! This trip has been a long time in the making. I can't wait. I'll snap a gazillion photos. Have a wonderful time! Happy weekend to you.

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    1. I'm thrilled that you are finally getting to meet Jim and Ron, Martha! They are the greatest guys. I hope to see them this summer. Just waiting on car information/schedules with the family. And I can't wait to see your gazillion photos! Happy weekend! xox

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  10. I love those old Nevada neon signs--but my favorite "red" photo had to be of the bay in Nova Scotia.

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    1. The Peggy's Cove area in Nova Scotia is so beautiful, and it's one of my favorite spots in the world. It can be dangerous, because there are sometimes rogue waves. You always have to keep your eye on the water. The rounded polished granite is slick, especially if wet, and it's easy to fall into the water if you're near the edge. There are so many things to photograph, Jeff.

      I love the old neon signs too. There is now a museum in Vegas for the signs as well as a boneyard and a graveyard. The most iconic ones are gradually being restored. I need to go to the museum!

      Have a great weekend, my friend!

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  11. I am quite sure that everyone would have lots of red pictures in the archives to fill this challenge. Just thinking of birds in my files I would have Northern Cardinal, Vermilion Flycatcher, Summer Tanager, Scarlet Tanager, American Robin, European Robin, Crimson Rosella, Red Avadavat.......and on it goes. Then there would be the flowers, the sunsets, the fire hydrants, the double decker buses and so on. As for Las Vegas, I have been there twice, and perhaps I am the only person who used it as a base and left by 7:00 am to head for the birding hotspots I had come to visit. I got a really good deal at the Stardust, including breakfast with enough food for the whole day, and never even dropped a nickel in a slot machine. And I did pretty much the same thing in Reno too!

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    1. Hi, David! We definitely have American robins here, and they have nested on our deck in the past. They are more common in the riparian area along Piney Creek. They are the first birds I learned the name of, because my Grandmother MacDonald loved them so much. She called them harbingers of spring.

      There are many wonderful hiking and wild areas just outside of Vegas, like the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. I love to hike in Red Rock Canyon and see the fauna and flora and rocks. It always feels good to get out of the city. Kudos to you for resisting the allure of the slots. I don't have the same claim to fame. But I'm Scottish, so I don't lose too much.

      Have a great weekend! May you see some lovely birds.

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  12. What a fantastic collection of photos. And all tied together with Rain's theme of red! You have a wonderful eye for photography.

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    1. Thanks, Leigh! As you can see, I photograph just about anything, alive or dead, moving or not ~ lol! Photography is one of my greatest pleasures in life. Happy weekend to you!

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  13. Love all the pics, Louise!
    The one with you and the elephant is a winner - classic!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I laugh every time I see the photo of me with the elephant. It was a very special moment. Have a great weekend!

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    2. Hi, Michelle! For some reason I'm having trouble accessing your post. I was able to read your "Please Read The Letter," but then I couldn't comment or return to your website. It may be some internet glitch at the hotel I'm staying in. Your story was hilarious! I'm still chuckling. Such a fun and original take. Poor Nate sounds like he's hitting the bottle more and more each time he writes. 🍻

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    3. Hi Louise, I'm so sorry that you're having trouble trying to access my blog. Grrrrr. 😟
      I have no idea what is going on?! Hopefully, it sorts itself out.

      I'm so glad that you enjoyed "Please Read The Letter". I had so much fun writing the piece.

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  14. Quite the series of delightful 'red' photos ~ good to see you travel well ~ Have been to many of the places but due to health problems traveling days seem to be over for me ~ so enjoy every moment you go ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thanks, Carol! I love your well wishes. Health, laughter, and love ~ These are what really matters. All the best to you!

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  15. What a fun romp of red today. I'm a little late stopping by, but am glad I made it. It's fun to see some red on your travels. It looks like you've had some great adventures. Sorry it took me so long to visit. Hope you're having a great start to the new week. Hugs-Erika

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    1. Thanks, Erika! No worries about visiting just now. I'm often coming from behind. Have a great week, and hugs back at you!

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  16. o. dear, that´s a lot of red. Impossible to pick a favorite :) :)

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  17. Thanks, Monica. I know there were a lot of photos. I was having too much fun. Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

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