|On 08/08/2011 Connie and I stopped in at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to take in their summer exhibit entitled, “2011 Summer Garden”. Between the fountains, the glass flower art on the ceiling in the lobby, and the gardens, you've got yourself nearly an hour of breathtaking beauty. This year the aviary at the back of the exhibit was filled with more than two dozen parrots, Eastern Rosellas like the one above on one side and the Rainbow Lorikeets on the other.|
|Description: The Eastern Rosella (Genus: Platycercus; Species: eximius), is also known as: Rosella, Rosella Parrot or Parakeet, Red Rosella, Common Rosella, White-cheeked Rosella, Red-headed Rosella, and the Golden-mantled Rosella or Parakeet. The average adult is 11.7 inches long and weighs between 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 ounces. The has a red head and breast; white cheeks; yellow lower breast; pale green abdomen; red under tail coverts; black back with green spotting; blue outer wing coverts; pale green rump and a white bill. Colorization of the female is similar, but the head and breast paler in color; under wing stripe is pale colored with green/yellow spotting on back. They have a sharp call when in flight; a three syllable whistle on an ascending scale while perched, and at times metallic and piping notes when at rest. They have a shrill screech when startled and a soft chattering or babbling while feeding. The love to eat seeds and fruit and usually hold food in their feet when eating.|
|In addition to the ‘dancing’ fountains, huge liberty bell topped with a giant American Eagle and a sky filled with a wide variety of colorful hot air balloons and the bird aviary, one cannot escape the many beautiful flowers, both within the exhibit itself (below) and behind the registration desk (above).|
|Just a few of the many beautiful flowers that adorned the Bellagio’s botanical garden summer exhibit entitled, “2011 Summer Garden”. Click here to see more pictures of the exhibit and another of the beautiful parrots that were inside the aviary … Rainbow Lorikeet|
A view of the town of Cold Creek, Nevada. This picture was shot 03/24/2011 on a daytrip with the rock hounds from the Heritage Park Senior Facility. I used a the "tilt-Shift" effect on this picture to enhance the houses in the picture. The fact that It had snowed for several hours the night before our visit, added a nice "wintertime" look, one we don't often get to see living in Las Vegas.
|08/08/2011 – I captured these pictures at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens summer exhibit entitled, “2011 Summer Garden”, inside the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. |
|Description: Agapanthus (The genus name agapanthus means flower of love which is derived from the Greek word ‘agape’, meaning love, and ‘anthos’, meaning flower), commonly called African Lily, African Blue Lily, Blue Lily, Lily of the Nile, and Flower of Love. Agapanthus is a genus of herbaceous perennials that mostly bloom in summer. Its leaves are basal and curved, linear, and up to 24 inches long. They are arranged in two rows. The inflorescence is a pseudo-umbel subtended by two large bracts at the apex of a long, erect scape, up to 6 feet tall. They have a 8 inch globular flower head with funnel-shaped flowers, in hues of blue to purple, shading to white.|
|08/08/2011 – I captured these pictures of the 40-foot tall 1922 Ferris wheel at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens summer exhibit entitled, “2011 Summer Garden”, inside the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please note that I have created a “new” category for these types of photos entitled, “Diptychs”, where I hope to be adding many more in the future.|
|08/08/2011 – I captured these pictures at the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens summer exhibit entitled, “2011 Summer Garden”, inside the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. One has to go early in the morning to get these pictures without several hundred visitors walking around. Technically, this is a type of polyptych, the term for all multi-panel works. A polyptych (Greek: polu- "many" and ptychē "fold") generally refers to a painting (usually a panel painting) which is divided into multiple sections, or panels. In recent times the term and concept has been added to the field of photography.|
|On 08/08/2011 Connie and I stopped in at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to take in their summer exhibit entitled, “2011 Summer Garden”. Changing four times a year, with the seasons, this is one of the best “free” things in Vegas. Between the fountains, the glass flower art on the ceiling in the lobby, and the gardens, you've got yourself nearly an hour of breathtaking beauty. Having gone early in the morning this time, it was much less crowded than normal and as a result, much more enjoyable. This year the aviary at the back of the exhibit was filled with more than two dozen parrots, Rainbow Lorikeets like the two above on one side and Eastern Rosellas on the other.|
|Description: The Rainbow Lorikeet (Genus: Trichoglossus; Species: haematodus), sometimes called Lories, is a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas. This small to medium sized parrot averages 10 inches in length and weighs between 3.5 and 5.5 oz. Both adults have a brown/black head with lilac/blue streaks on face; collar yellow/green; red breast banded with blue/black; dark green abdomen; green/yellow thighs to undertail coverts; green upperparts and tail; orange underwing coverts; yellow, and a wide band under the wing. Their bill is a orange/red and the eyes are a dark orange. They have a very clownish personality and are also known as being a honey-eater. They love to eat nectar's and soft fruit such as cantaloupe and grapes. Their call is a series of repeated notes, sharp, rolling while in flight; shrill chattering while feeding and soft notes when at rest.|
|The entrance to this summer’s exhibit, a playful carnival and patriotic displays of Stars and Stripes, was filled with ‘dancing’ fountains in front of an over-scale replica of the Liberty Bell topped with a giant American bald eagle made from coconut chips, magnolia leaves and chopped strawflowers. On the right was a moving 11-foot-tall carousel; on the left was a 40-foot 1942 full-scale Ferris wheel. Just steps away was a stone-based rustic greenhouse containing 30 live birds (lorikeets and rosellas). Looking up at the 60-foot ceiling, the sky was filled with a wide variety of colorful hot air balloons. One can spend nearly an hour admiring the exhibits and taking in all of the beautiful flowers. It can be a very tranquil experience.|
|While recently putting together a Daytrip post and slideshow for this site on the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge at Hoover Dam, I came across this photo that I captured on a picture taking jaunt to the Hoover Dam with my cousin Johnny back on 04/02/2011.|
It was taken from the World War II vintage gun emplacement (pillbox or bunker) that sits on a hillside above the dam on the Arizona side of Lake Mead. It was built by a military police battalion soon after the 1942 attack on Pearl Harbor. The dam was considered to be a primary military target as it was a significant source of electrical power for the defense industries.
Of the several structures that were built during this period this is the only one to survive. It has six gun ports, is 25 feet long, constructed of steel and concrete and covered with indigenous rock to serve as camouflage. Capturing the smooth, graceful lines of the bridge against the surrounding rugged landscape, I thought it was worthy of being singled out. [click to view full-screen]