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Sunday Stills, LAPC #149: Las Vegas Vacation in Green and Blue

“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.”

Elbert Hubbard

Terri Webster Schrandt, who hosts Sunday Stills, mentioned that as a retired person, “everyday is like Saturday.” Who knew?

Two weeks ago we took our first “vacay” back to our “home” in California to see our friends. On the way to our vacay, we stopped in Las Vegas to look at houses – that’s what retired realtors do! We also had a foto frenzy in the Bellagio Spring Gardens.

#Las Vegas Bellagio Gardens Walk #3

In the last two Bellagio Garden Walks, we stayed near to the entrance of the gardens looking at the Dutch entry and then looked up at the butterflies. To see any of these posts, you can search the Walk title.

Like Terri, I love to submit to several challenges at once. I put my pictures through the blue and green sieve to meet the requirements for Tina’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge #149 Cool Colors this week. I love being one of the Cool Bloggers, don’t you?

For this post, we are going to do some birding. Lisa Colman hosts Bird Weekly. This week’s challenge is birds with a G in their title. This is a Great Big Blue Hummingbird.

Since this is a vacation for us, not a research project, you don’t get a lot of explanations with this post. We had our cameras busy, but didn’t see any major explanations along this walk. Here are several more posts of this beautiful Great big blue hummingbird standing still for all of us parading around it.

Don’t you love the shadow on the flower? These photos are also being submitted to Cee Neuner’s Flower of the Day Challenge. She is giving me composition advice and this week we are working on lighting. Take a look at her new page, Tips from Cee to get some advice from her too. The designers even took lighting into account when they created this lovely display

Distinctly Cool Pictures

If it’s getting hot where you live, click on these pictures to cool off while sipping a cold glass of lemonade.

That’s what we did in the fifties and sixties when I was growing up in Indiana before air conditioning – and my dad was an air conditioning designer for Carrier Corporation. At home we used an enormous house fan mounted in the garage window to take out all the hot air to cool off the house enough to sleep at night. We also took long “cool off” rides, ate ice cream, and drank lemonade. Just a bit of TMI that came to mind just now. 🙂 Hope this helps you keep cool.

Finally to support my Always Write brand and favorite color, I have to include a bit of turquoise. As some of you know, I love to do digital puzzles through an app on my computer when I’m just dinking around or can’t sleep. This next picture made a great puzzle because it is so colorful.

Finally, I’m way too late for this, but a few weeks ago Cee had a real and fake challenge. Well, this post is all fake, but here’s one of the fakiest birds of all in the Bellagio Giadini shop next to the Gardens. Isn’t she elegant? There’s some more nice greenery in the store for Tina’s challenge and a little bit of everything else.

Coming Up This Week

  • #Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays the next topic is Hope. I hope you join in. There’s still time to write or link your post (with quotes) for this week’s topic of Healing. Check out some of the fabulous posts in the comment section and pingbacks for more ideas.
  • #Story Chat – Oh my gosh, Anne Stormont had NO idea of what a storm she was creating when she wrote “Nailing It.” The comment box has just exploded. Tuesday I will post the Story Chat Summary post using your comments and links to your blog. I’ve got a lot of work to do before Tuesday!
  • #Challenge Interview Series I’m still working on the interview with Sandy and Amanda from the Friendly Friday Challenge which comes out May 29th.

Thanks for joining me on our May Vacay today. Have a great week. 🙂

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  1. I love the Bellagio! Dang! I’m really missing Vegas about now. Way to think outside the box on the “G” birds this week! Great big Ruby-throated Hummingbird is what that portrays to me. Funny because that variety is here and not there. Yet, there are more hummers there than here. LOL! Wished we had been there with you! 🙂

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        • I’m out of the box, out of the store, out of the delivery truck sometimes. 🙂 So is my new camera. It came yesterday. We saw the UPS man. I should have jumped out of the car and waved him down . I let him drive away having a sinking feeling that he had my camera. He did. He left us a note saying that it was going to CVS Pharmacy. It didn’t. I hope it’s still in the box. 🙂

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          • I can see the difference in clarity. I’m longing for my telephoto lens, but I want to have both – clarity and telephoto. 🙂 You have the big one like Cee’s right? I’m not in the market for that one but I think I’m going to go with the 18-200 E mount.


          • Dang…for just $400 more you can get a much better superior lens. Honestly, it isn’t as heavy as it looks. But, you need to do what you think is right for you. 🙂


          • Yes, and it has actually gone up. $1298.00. That is more than I paid for it. Forget I said anything. LOL! Whatever you buy, make sure you buy a clear UV filter lens to go over your main lens. You always want to have a UV filter on all your lenses. You can find out the size by the specs of the lens you want. 🙂

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          • LOL! Yeah or drop it. I did drop my Nikon one time years ago and it landed on the lens. Luckily it was the UV lens. It had a dent but I never had to replace it and it didn’t mess up my lens either. 🙂

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          • Mine broke when I fell out of a car. It still worked for a while, but I had to replace it. I broke another one in HI stepping up onto a wall to get a better shot of the ocean. Give me a break – how much does the ocean change if you are up two feet? It change about $300 at the time. 🙂

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          • It was around my neck. I tripped, caught the front of my sneaker on the edge and dropped down on one knee and the camera banged into the edge of the rock. I was in extreme pain at the time and very embarrassed but it did the damage.

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          • Well, dang! I’ve had those klutzy moments too and they are not fun. I went to St. Pete to shoot a wedding at the Thunderbird and the night before the wedding I was hanging out by the pool with the family and I went to leave. I tripped over a lounge chair and face planted on the landscaping stones. Had my camera in my hand but it stayed up in the air. Busted my lip. Had to go to the VA and get 4 stitches. The hotel called 911 and bent over backwards for me the whole weekend. I guess so that I wouldn’t sue. Wasn’t anyone faults…just an accident. My camera had no evidence there was a problem. I couldn’t be in any of the photos though. This was one of my BFF’s daughter’s wedding. Talk about embarrassing! 🙂

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          • Ouch. That’s way worse than what happened to me. I’ve never had to have stitches from my falls. I think I had a mild concussion once, but after sitting for a bit I was able to drive home. No camera in my hand that time. I had a cup of water. The cup and I broke. 🙂

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    • That’s exactly what I thought, Janis. Only we didn’t have to watch it roll by from a distance. We got up close and personal. 🙂 I’m sure the materials and techniques were similar.


  2. Yay, what a great post, Marsha! Great job linking so many challenges (you ARE the cool blogger) this week! Las Vegas has a lot to offer and I don’t mind going back there in the near future. Always something to see on the strip for sure!

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  3. That’s a big hummingbird. Funny isn’t it, that they chose one to the smallest birds to make such a huge statue. I guess an emu wouldn’t be as colorful 🙂

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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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