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Monday, October 22, 2007

Stuck in Las Vegas

I might be bodily back in New Jersey, but my brain is still running on Las Vegas time. I feel three hours behind and can’t seem to get out of my own way let alone blog. So, I’ll keep us in Las Vegas for yet another day and give you a tour of the Botanical Gardens and Conservatory at the Bellagio. Hopefully my brain will catch up with my body soon.

Last time I was there in April, the Bellagio was decked with tulips and other spring bulbs. Now it’s showing off for Autumn. A large, working waterwheel took up the back half of the conservatory. The water from the wheel filled a pond where fountains of water cascaded over trees.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Next to the pond flowed a “river” of colorful apples.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Many colorful carved pumpkins were scattered throughout.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Crystalline Autumn leaves hung suspended from the Conservatory’s dome.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Everyone was captivated by the arches of water over the walkway. I was more impressed with the arches covered in bittersweet and persimmon vines. Enchanting!

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

The centerpiece was most likely this endearing Ent (from Middle Earth). He had gathered a harvest of various types of squash around his feet.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

A dining table and chairs fit for a king (or an Ent) was fashioned out of thousands of pieces of cushion moss, hen-and-chicks, and lots of moisture pumped in every few minutes via a drenching steam bath. I would need a ladder just to climb into one of these huge chairs.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

It was a beautiful and relaxing space to be in if you could just blip out all the other tourists. I loved this arrangement in the Bellagio’s foyer, only to be totally miffed at the tourist who reached out to touch it at the exact moment I took this photo. Sigh.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Comments:

Never in a million years would I expect to see something this charming in Vegas. 

You go ahead and stay there just as long as you need to. smile

Wow!! This is the first time I’ve ever wanted to go back to Vegas. These are gorgeous! The apple waterfall (applefall?) And all the pumpkins and the Fairy King and Queen table made of grass.

A W E S O M E !!!!

Now that is a beautiful place.

I know, its awesome, isn’t it? The display changes seasonally. I took lots of photos in the Spring but never got around to doing the blog post. Maybe I’ll do it anyway…

Vegas can be surprising. It’s not all about slots!

Thank-you for sharing Lynne…I’ve never had the urge to go but you have shown a side of Vegas that beckons….

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