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CMWM: Purple Butterflies in the Bellagio Gardens

Las Vegas Bellagio Gardens Walk #2

In the Las Vegas Bellagio Gardens Walk #1, looking to your right as you entered the exhibit, you might have tried on Dutch clogs for size if they hadn’t been so full of tulips.

This garden walk fits neatly into several photo challenges, and messily into others. As we weave through the artificial maze created to safely guide world travelers through the Bellagio Gardens, I want you to experience the changes as you would if you were walking by our sides.

As we amble through the display it’s like watching a parade except that you can admire everything at your own speed. Today, I want to point out as much purple as I can so it is dedicated to Cee’s Midweek Madness – Purple as well as Jude’s Life in Colour – Purple on her blog, Travel Words.

Our eyes are drawn to the left side of the path as we enter the display. Here this gigantic hummingbird tries to suck the life out of these purple pansies rising out of a field of spring snapdragons.

The purple pansies actually look like they are made of roses as you will see on closer pictures of other similar displays in a later walk.

I dedicate this butterfly conservatory to Restless Jo’s Monday Walk who points out items of interest rather than narrating a chronological prattle as I tend to do. The field of snapdragons are for Cee’s FOTD where she has posted lupines that have a similar shape to these. It’s also not too late to join with Amy who challenged Lens-Artists participants last Saturday to display photos of gardens. When I get a few minutes in our travels, I will head back over there to visit many of the gardens I’ve misses on other blogs.

Vince grabbed another angle of this display from behind after we exited and reentered in a different place, which you will see more of in a later post.

The conservatory housed hundreds of butterflies the size of real hummingbirds. You couldn’t see them from a distance. When you got closer, I glimpsed something bat-like flitting past the corner of my peripheral vision for just a second before it disappeared into a branch of a bush inside the metal screened building.

I squeezed in as close as I could without tramping through the garden, and enlarged my iPhone to the max to get these next shots. You can see the butterflies if you look carefully.

How many butterflies do you see?
How many now?

When you go to the Bellagio Garden, it’s like the visiting the Vatican for the first time. You get dizzy looking up, down, and on every wall. Look up for a second and above the path in this area you can see some of the butterflies that got loose.

I missed CFFC: Real or Fake, but like I have said before, Cee forgives everyone. The purpose of her website is for people to have fun. So I hope you will enjoy these fake purple butterflies as much as the real ones that are harder to see.

Can you read the writing at the top of the window on the right? Do you think that is real or fake sky?

It’s probably not real, don’t you agree? The butterfly is real purple. I’m not sure about the branches. Some of them look like they are dying.

As we move toward the next exhibit, enjoy the last vestige of purple for this post.

Thank you for joining me on this walk today. Have a great weekend – already!

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  1. You certainly found some purples here Marsha, the butterfly, the tulips and those pansies! I look forward to seeing a close-up of the pansies, they look very interesting. I just read your bio and see you fairly recently moved to your current home. I had to look up Prescott as it sounds fascinating. I see you are not too far from Sedona, or the Grand Canyon either. What a beautiful region to live in, so many places to explore.

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    • Hey Jude, yes, it is a lovely place. I just bought a guidebook to 250 trails in Sedona. There are about 100 trails in Prescott. We haven’t been to the Grand Canyon since we moved here, but there are trails and beautiful sights that should last us a lifetime of exploring! 🙂

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  2. What an interesting response to the challenge Marsha! Who’d have thought of a hotel garden?! And yet it is absolutely perfect. Like everything in Vegas it’s quite over the top in a spectacular way! Well chosen for the multiple challenge, but especially for ours!

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    • Thanks, Tina. We’ve been on the road this week, so I am writing my posts, responding and reading blogs at night after everyone is done using the internet. 🙂 I’m so far behind! The Bellagio is one place to definitely include on your list of places to visit. It changes each season. 🙂


  3. They look like killer hummingbirds in close up, Marsha! Everything larger than life, like Disneyland or Willie Wonka 🙂 🙂 I can tell you had fun. Thanks a lot for linking!

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    • Thanks, Terri. Next time. I never realized the first time I went that they change them every few months. It is on the list of wonderful things to see and do for free in Vegas. 🙂

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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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