Travel Photo Thursday | Las Vegas, Nevada


Travel Photo Thursday | Las Vegas, Nevada

This week’s photo is from Las Vegas, Nevada….the gambling capital of the world.   We visited four winters ago in the hopes that it wouldn’t be quite as busy as it usually is.  Of course, with picture perfect weather, there was no way the populace would be denied their opportunity to be robbed by one-armed bandits.

While we stayed off the strip, we made sure to visit the various hotel and casinos and try our hand at being first-time gamblers.  We actually ended up winning more than we lost, so in that sense, we won!  At some point, we ended up at the beautiful Bellagio Hotel which certainly lived up to its reputation.  Imagine my surprise when we got to the lobby and saw this vision of art glass goodness.

Right above our heads, was an array of cylindrically shaped colorful art (stained) glass pieces ensconced in a pendulum cutout, suspended from the ceiling.  Having dabbled in the stained glass arts, I was mesmerized by the vibrant colors competing for my attention.  It made such a statement that nothing else was required to decorate that expansive lobby.

This art sculpture, named Fiori di Como, was created by the world-renown glass artist, Dale Chihuly.  Composed of 2,000 ‘floating’ glass blossoms, it represents Chihuly’s dedication to the fluid movements of a beautiful garden and weighs in at a healthy 40,000 pounds.

This photo is part of the Travel Photo Thursday series which is the brainchild of Nancie M with Budget Travelers Sandbox.



Renee King
  • Cathy Sweeney
    Posted at 15:20h, 21 April Reply

    Excellent choice for a subject, Renee! I’ve been to the Bellagio and was amazed by Chiluly’s glass ceiling art. You captured it’s beauty very well.

    • Renee
      Posted at 19:22h, 21 April Reply

      Thanks, Catherine!!

  • Michael Figueiredo
    Posted at 15:43h, 21 April Reply

    This is too funny…. I made two selections for today’s travel photo (the one I ended up posting and one of the ceiling in the Bellagio lobby just like yours!) Great minds think alike I suppose 😉 Anyway, yours is a beautiful shot! Whenever I go to Vegas I always enjoy the blown-glass art as well as the indoor garden that changes with the seasons.

    • Renee
      Posted at 19:05h, 21 April Reply

      Now that’s hilarious, Mike! Thanks, I think your metal flower was fantastic, so you made the right choice too.

  • grace
    Posted at 15:46h, 21 April Reply

    Yes I am in! I love the display over at the Bellagio and its one of my favorite stops along the strip.

  • jade
    Posted at 17:09h, 21 April Reply

    Love love love these! By far my favorite casino. I love this because it’s almost like you are under the sea and have a lot of creatures around you!

    • Renee
      Posted at 18:50h, 21 April Reply

      YES!! I was trying to figure out what it made me feel like and you’ve hit the nail on the head, Jade!

  • LLLLeigh
    Posted at 17:12h, 21 April Reply

    I I was trying to guess what your shot was of- as I scrolled down – & wouldn’t have guessed
    glass. What a beauty. I haven’t been to the Bellagio but should I be in Vegas now I’ll
    stick my head into the lobby.

    • Renee
      Posted at 18:49h, 21 April Reply

      Ha! Be sure to do that, Leigh….and don’t miss their fountain which is the thumbnail for this post.

  • Jan Ross
    Posted at 17:22h, 21 April Reply

    Oh, we are headed there on Saturday for the first time and, strangely enough, at a luncheon I just attended, one of my friends told me to be sure and notice this sculpture. Small world!

    • Renee
      Posted at 18:32h, 21 April Reply

      Oh, how cool! Have a great time, Jan…it really is a small world!

  • Scott - Quirky Travel Guy
    Posted at 18:07h, 21 April Reply

    I wouldn’t have expected something that beautiful in Vegas! Glad you won money… I give myself a $10 gambling limit in Vegas so I can’t lose too much.

    • Renee
      Posted at 18:30h, 21 April Reply

      Hey Scott,
      No, i didn’t win that much because I didn’t gamble with that much. We said that we would spend no more $50.00 for the entire trip. Bellagio is a beautiful hotel, if I can find a great deal, I am going to stay there. Maybe I should get some tips from Gray from!

  • Nancie
    Posted at 20:02h, 21 April Reply

    I Love those colors, Renee.

    • Renee
      Posted at 17:36h, 22 April Reply

      Yes, they are so vibrant….they look like they belong in a bag of hard mixed candy!

  • Migrationology
    Posted at 21:46h, 21 April Reply

    Awesome Renee, that could put me into a dreamy daze!

    • Renee
      Posted at 17:36h, 22 April Reply


  • Lisa
    Posted at 22:03h, 21 April Reply

    This is a great shot. I love it. Vegas can be a blast, I always enjoy time there.

    • Renee
      Posted at 17:38h, 22 April Reply

      Thanks, Lisa!

  • Scott - Ordinary Traveler
    Posted at 22:12h, 21 April Reply

    Well when I first saw this photo I thought “YUM!”, but then I read on and found out that it was made of glass not gummy bears. Even though it’s not edible it’s still an amazing sight! I wonder how long they they have it up for? Such a beautiful shot!

    • Renee
      Posted at 17:37h, 22 April Reply

      I believe it’s a permanent fixture….it would take forever to remove.

  • Turkey's For Life
    Posted at 00:59h, 22 April Reply

    Well Dale Chiluly is one talented guy. When I first saw the photo, I thought you had been diving and photoraphing corals – not looking at hotel ceilings in Vegas. 🙂 Beautiful colours.

    • Renee
      Posted at 17:39h, 22 April Reply

      Julia….I would have loved to have done that!

  • John in France
    Posted at 01:12h, 22 April Reply

    I thought it was a photo of some tropical jellyfish!!!! Beautiful!

  • Alouise
    Posted at 03:49h, 22 April Reply

    I love this photo. It’s certainly not the first thing that pops into my mind when I think of Las Vegas but that’s the fun of travel. Expect the unexpected.

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:03h, 22 April Reply

      Aren’t unexpected treasures the greatest, Louise?

  • RyukyuMike
    Posted at 07:46h, 22 April Reply

    You came out a winner in more ways tahn one. Love this work of art photo !

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:03h, 22 April Reply

      Awww…thanks, Mike….it is one of my favorite pics!

  • Angela
    Posted at 06:00h, 23 April Reply

    Beautiful shot and shades, well done on choosing an unusual angle!

  • Ayngelina
    Posted at 08:38h, 23 April Reply

    Great pick for photography this week, that should be framed.

  • Sophie
    Posted at 18:55h, 24 April Reply

    Love the colors, it was so crisp. Nice photography!

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