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Privilege of Being   Leave a comment

Mastro’s Ocean Club Gourmet Restaurant In The Shops at Crystals at Aria Resort and Casino — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Many are making love. Up above, the angels
in the unshaken ether and crystal of human longing
are braiding one another’s hair, which is strawberry blond
and the texture of cold rivers. They glance
down from time to time at the awkward ecstasy—
it must look to them like featherless birds
splashing in the spring puddle of a bed—
and then one woman, she is about to come,
peels back the man’s shut eyelids and says,
look at me, and he does.

— from Privilege of Being by Robert Hass

Bakery Art In Aria Resort and Casino   Leave a comment

Bakery Art In Aria Resort and Casino — Image by kenne

Aria — Photo-Artistry   Leave a comment

Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Sitting Happy Buddha at Aria Resort And Casino   1 comment

Sitting Happy Buddha at Aria Resort And Casino — Image by kenne

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.”

— Buddha

 

Magic Rocks   3 comments

Magic Rocks Display in the Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas — Images by Kenne

One week ago, we received a call from Justin and Jerri. We learned that they were in
Las Vegas on their much-delayed honeymoon. They would be spending five days there
and asked if we would be interested in coming up to Vegas to have dinner with them.
After giving it some thought, we decided to drive up Thursday and return on Saturday.

We had dinner at Maggiano’s Little Italy on Las Vegas Boulevard that evening and
drove south of Vegas Friday afternoon to see the Magic Rocks in the desert.

— kenne

Vegas Night   1 comment

‘Vegas Night’ View from Our Room in Aria Resort & Casino (November 5, 2020) — Image by kenne

 

“In our finest hours, though, the soul of the country manifests itself
in an inclination to open our arms rather than to clench our fists”

 

― from The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham

Boulder Dam Panorama   7 comments

Boulder Dam Viewed from the Arizona Side (November 5, 2020) — Panorama by kenne

Most of the time, when we drive to Las Vegas from Tucson, we pass by the dam.
The last time we stopped, we drove the two-lane road on top of the dam on our way back
to Houston in 2007. The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge was under
construction and was not completed until 2010. The drive across the Boulder Dam
would take quite a while, depending on the volume of traffic.

The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge Above the Boulder Dam  (upper left corner) — Image by kenne

Currently, the Lake Mead water level is 147.41 feet below the full pool of 1,229.00,
40% of its full capacity. The Colorado River, which supplies Nevada,
Arizona and California, most of its water, has long been chronically overused
and has dwindled during two decades of mostly dry years. The drought has been
worsened by higher temperatures unleashed by climate change. 

— kenne

An Illusion Running From The Truth   2 comments

Show Girls-2-Edit-1-72Vegas Showgirls — Image by kenne

Everywhere you look

Vegas is an illusion

Running from the truth.

— kenne
Los Vegas Buildings-2-art-72Vegas Condo Towers — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Across The Pond   1 comment

Paris-art-2-72“Across the Pond” — Paris Las Vegas Photo-Artistry by kenne

The Eiffel tower
Wrought-iron lattice structure —
Stairway to heaven.

— kenne

Shaving Heads And Beards For Childhood Cancer Research   Leave a comment

This past Saturday (March 9th) we were in Las Vegas and watched some of the fundraising for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation ($500,000 Goal) at Nine Fine Irishmen-New York New York Hotel & Casino. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-powered charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. This was a real entertaining and fun event.

Shaving for CARE-3-72

Images by kenne

 

Street Magic   2 comments

Street Magic-2-72Street Magic In Las Vegas — Image by kenne

Everywhere you look
Vegas is an illusion
Running from the truth.

— kenne

Red Rock Canyon Panorama   Leave a comment

Red Rock Canyon Panorama blogRed Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Panorama by kenne

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is an easy 15-mile drive west of Las Vegas, Nevada. Located in the Mojave Desert with a beautiful desert landscape, but as a resident of the Sonoran Desert, I find the Mojave Desert very harsh.  Like most deserts, the higher elevations are much more diverse in plant and animal life. This image was taken near the Visitors Center. A one-way paved loop road, 13 miles long, provides vehicle access to many of the features in the area and to more challenging primitive roads.

— kenne

Our One And Only Wedding Picture   6 comments

Ken & Joy Wedding Art_edit blog “One and Only” Wedding Picture
Joy and I had been partners for 16 years before deciding to elope to Las Vegas, 
 getting married at the Clark County Court House in 2002,
which distraught family and friends. 

The couple who were our witnesses took the only picture —
Can you believe I didn’t have my camera!
We tend to do things in a non-traditional way.

Courthouse full of ghosts
No Vegas Elvis Wedding
Strangers our witness.

— kenne

 

Cigar Bar — Digital Painting   Leave a comment

Cigar Bar photo-8_Digital Painting blogCigar Bar — Digital Painting by kenne

Good music,
a good cigar and
good bourbon —
young people
on the edge.

Growing and
changing with
certain weaknesses
boldly seeking love
without responsibilities.

— kenne

Chinese Year Of The Dog   Leave a comment

(Click on any of the images for a larger view.)

 

A Beautiful Year of the Dog in the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, Las Vegas — Photo Essay by kenne

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens debuted its Chinese New Year display about a week before our Vegas trip, and it’s themed to fit the “Year of the Dog.” There are 18 dogs in the display to represent the beginning of 2018, and an 18 ft. tall husky dominating the center of the display.

— kenne

Bellagio has gone to the dogs!

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