Chihuly Glass at The Bellagio Hotel and Casino

The master of glass, the glass master. I’ve not been to the Bellagio in a really long time so into the truck I go. Maybe this shot is a bit ‘touristy’ but so be it! I love the insane numbers of colours and patterns. I pointed the Nikon straight up and clicked, without using the view finder for this shot, just plain old lucky I guess as this is a wide angle lens, and the area of glass isn’t that wide. I wanted to test this lens indoors for a change…

I should head downhill to the Strip more often I suppose, what do you say? 🤔

 

Red Rock Canyon Proper

Notice the horizontal red lines just below the centre of the photo? That is Red Rock Canyon proper. You couldn’t possibly tell from this photo taken from several miles away that there is a huge gouge that drops waaay down which forms the actual Red Rock Canyon. Maybe I shouldn’t but I do refer to a large area around the canyon proper as being Red Rock Canyon. In any case, if you are in Las Vegas you’ll not be disappointed by visiting this place. There’s so much more to see and do in our city than the Casinos!

Please click the photo, it looks better bigger. 😬

Vertical & Horizontal

Here is the hotel side of Red Rock Hotel and Casino. I love the lines and colours of this building as well as the textures. The inside of this place is no less wonderful to see and walk through. The hotel is on the west side of Las Vegas Valley, I tend to think of Red Rock Hotel & Casino as being more for the local population as opposed to targeting the tourists as is on the Strip. The drive from the Strip to Red Rock is many miles.

Hydrolines & Sharp Peaks

The drive to Hoover Dam gets more interesting for me as you approach the checkpoint. The mountains are incredibly sharp and steep, yet the power company gets these big towers up there anyway for power transmission. Such an amazing place, if you are visiting Las Vegas, please take some time and drive to Boulder City and follow the signs. You will not be disappointed!

Last Of The BLM

These are the last of the BLM photos I have at the moment. I’ve got some different photos coming up after they are processed. I’m considering heading down the The Strip in the near future and forking g out the seven dollars per hour or so that most of the big casinos are charging these days. What pisses we locals off is that we don’t receive free parking any longer. We should! 🖕🏻😜

Approaching Las Vegas

Approaching from the North on the fifteen freeway southbound from the Valley Of Fire area. As you can tell, Las Vegas is truly in a big valley, the drop into the valley is a long way down. It’s impossible for me to remove or reduce the haze that the smog creates in any photo. The valley is much less smoggy during the super hot summer months. No wonder that each car and truck must pass a smog test to receive authority to drive from the county/state. It’s nothin g like California smog levels though!

The Gold Strike Hotel & Casino 2

Seven images in this set which carries along from the previous post on the Gold Strike.

The Gold Strike Hotel & Casino

The Gold Strike Hotel & Casino is located in tiny Jean, Nevada. It had been a while since I last stopped by this place so why not take a long drive south of the big city? I was surprised to find the old cars in the casino. They are indeed the actual cars and other vehicles that were featured in the big movies we remember from days gone by. It’s exciting for me to see the real deal. The Delorean Auto died before it’s time.

The casino proper isn’t very large and it appeared that the little auto show I just mentioned was actually in what was once part of the casino proper. The smell in the casino was no more or less than any other I’ve been in, here in Nevada. The usual smoky smell but it’s made more tolerable by whatever method each casino employs. The food offerings are OK if you like Denny’s which is a nationwide chain.

There were one or two other restaurants in there  but I can’t recall the names. I didn’t see any serious security going on other than the ten thousand cameras you always see in a casino. I’m talking about those large police officers with real guns in real holsters. I’m really surprised that I didn’t see them visible to the public. After the recent shooting at the Mandalay Bay, you’d think that all casino-hotel operations would be better prepared. What a world  we live in these days – it ain’t 1970’s America.