A Samurai Inside The Bellagio

Taken about four years ago, I was lucky to capture this very nice display in the Lobby of our beautiful Bellagio Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The beautiful glass designs on the ceiling are indeed Chihuly Glass! I will visit there again when the Corona virus is gone.

The Tut Returns

He’s been dead for thousands of years now but he has once again returned to this space with some new processing! Those magnificent Pharaohs, so impressive…

Below are the lyrics to Steve Martin’s legendary song.

King Tut (King Tut)
Now when he was a young man
He never thought he’d see (King Tut)
People stand in line to see the boy king. (King Tut)

How’d you get so funky? (Funky Tut)
Did you do the monkey?
Born in Arizona
Moved to Babylonia (King Tut)

(King Tut) Now, if I’d known
They’d line up just to see him, (King Tut)
I’d taken all my money
And bought me a museum. (King Tut)

Buried with a donkey (Funky Tut)
He’s my favorite honkey!
Born in Arizona
Moved to Babylonia (King Tut)

Dancin by the Nile, (Disco Tut)
The ladies love his style, (Boss Tut)
Rockin for a mile (Rockin’ Tut)
He ate a crocodile. (Ooh)

He gave his life for tourism. (King Tut)

A Vegas Strip View

In this image, I am over ten miles west of the Las Vegas Strip looking east. There is about one-third of the strip that isn’t in the image to the south or to the right from this location on a slope on the western side of the valley. Behind me is the Lamdre’ Mountains and Red Rock Canyon.

Mexican Fast Food

This is an older photo from about four years ago, taken along Las Vegas Boulevard near the northern end of the Las Vegas Strip. That Bonanza gift shop is still there today with its 99 cent souvenirs. Would you like to have a 99 cent souvenir? I didn’t think so but I’ll try some food.

Oscar’s

I have driven by this place a few times and never stopped in. The architecture is very odd which leads me to think that it may have been built forty or more years ago? The website has no information on its beginnings. Should I have been born and raised in Las Vegas I may have known this. They have very pricey steaks!

Twisted Linq

The Linq on the Las Vegas Strip, this photo was taken May 2019 under or near the Linq. The wheel rotates very slowly, remember this before getting into a pod as there are no toilets!

Get high on the High Roller

Las Vegas Proper

The photo shows a portion of Las Vegas proper, a misconception is that the entire valley is the city proper but it’s not. The Las Vegas Strip lies in two unincorporated communities called Winchester and Paradise, leaving the actual city just north of the Strip. Visit the Wikipedia page.

Las Vegas was founded as a city in 1905, when 110 acres (45 ha) of land adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks were auctioned in what would become the downtown area. In 1911, Las Vegas was incorporated as a city.

This city has a very complex and interesting history for me. Sometimes I’ll do an online search for the history and other aspects of this valley up to and including why certain areas of the valley are sinking, and where the dangerous fault lines are. I am a Flat Lander from Michigan which is why I have such interest for this wonderful place. And it never snows in the valley!

The name Las Vegas means The Meadow

The Huge U.S. Map

As you can see I didn’t get the entire map in the frame with the iPhone, I may not have had enough room to back up for the entire map which is located inside the Harley Davidson sales and service place on the Las Vegas Strip.

It’s almost directly across from our world famous Las Vegas sign where the tourists stand in line for what seems an inordinate amount of time for a few seconds of photos. Silly tourists!

West View

In this photo you are looking west toward the Spring Mountains and the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s easy to tell your direction by the Stratosphere Tower being on the right side of the photo. The mountains also make great directional markers as they never move of course.

The Spires of Excalibur

This is a really different photo, I love the colors and architecture of the Excalibur Hotel and Casino. When I first moved to Las Vegas, the now Ex and I attended that really fun show they have very often where it’s Jousting and other fun things in the program to watch while you are served the most unusual foods. Foods that were made back in the day. The waitresses wear period correct costumes too, I recommend a visit when the world restarts. I’m not sure where I was exactly when I took the shot but it was taken with the old Nikon D3300 body.

The Face of Bellagio

The Bellagio is so far my favorite place along the Strip, when this virus has run it’s course I should head back down there for some photography, but I best ask first about using a full size, real camera inside rather than an iPhone ten. I’ve been told before that my Nikon isn’t welcome, especially in the casinos which I understand why.

Some time last year I did a shoot at the Neon Museum which has a huge collection of signs which once lit up the Strip long ago. It as really fascinating! I brought the old Nikon D3300 with me but was told I couldn’t use it there.

I was pretty well shocked. The reason given was that in the past, a foreign company or photographer had brought a full size camera in, taken several high quality photos and took them back to Europe. Thanks, asswipe. He screwed everyone over, going forward. So my Nikon stayed at the front desk. Grrr! Visit the Neon Museum.

Circus Circus and The Stratosphere Tower

Here are some oldies from about three years ago taken on the Las Vegas Strip with the old Nikon D3300 body. I have never been inside the Circus Circus casino or hotel before but have been in the Stratosphere casino and to the top of the tower a few times. Honestly… That tower creeps me out big time because on a windy enough day it has a very perceptible sway to it!

Old Vegas Photos

I’m digging deep into my SSD to find something at least a bit interesting, I don’t know what year I took these actually. The steel roof photo is the top of the Federal Building, Downtown Las Vegas. The sunset photo is from somewhere around town and the baseball photo was taken on the Las Vegas Strip.

A Nice View of The Las Vegas Strip

I recorded this video with the iPhone one or two years ago departing Las Vegas for Michigan. The aircraft used a different runway this time that has a fine view of our very expensive Las Vegas Strip. Welcome to Sin City. We then gradually roll right for the northeast hop toward Michigan. This aircraft sounds like an Airbus A319 or A320, beautiful aircraft. I kinda love to fly!

A Fresh Skin

You may have noticed that this blog looks a bit different this visit. Well, there’s a good reason for this! Once in a while I will try a different theme or skin for this site. Today I tried this again but as usual wasn’t satisfied with what I found so I tried to reinstall the Opti theme that was in use. I couldn’t find it, dammit! I really liked that theme yet was curious about other themes.

My next move was to have a literal chat with the folks at WordPress.com. After some brief chat with a rep, I was told that the theme I have been using for a good lot of time has now been retired. Retired! I am retired, how the hell can a theme be retired? I was and am still annoyed but there isn’t one damn thing I can do about it.

All of this said, welcome to the new look of Las Vegas Photoblog. Or Photo Blog if you like. I suppose the new look is far less busy in it’s appearance, less complicated. If you like or dislike the theme, please say so! Perhaps this theme is a bit more ‘modern’ looking?

The photo was taken early today before the sun popped out! The clouds are hugging the Summerlin Peaks. I never saw this mountain beauty back home in Michigan… 🌴🌵