We are in Las Vegas

We have been at home all this time since returning from England in August.  Our son got married in December.2016-b-wedding-parents  Then we got through Christmas; with a small tree and all of our Christmas decorations still in storage.  We have made the downstairs comfortable with furniture from our office and our bed.  The upstairs is completely empty.  We find we do not need to live in much space these days after being on the road for 6 months.  All of our clothes fit into 1/2 of our closet.  It is good to have our sweet doggie Mac back with us.home-16-mac-in-box-small

The housing market seems to be depressed here at the moment so we are taking some small trips while we decide what to do.  I find that I am restless and want to be back on the road again.

So we are spending a week in Las Vegas.  There are some interesting places to take photographs here.  This is the glass ceiling at the Bellagio Hotel that is stunning.bellagio-ceiling-flowers-5x7-net  And some glass Cherry flowers from the inside of the hotel. cherry-flowers-belliago-5x7-light-net  We also went to  an abandoned mining town near here, and got photographs of lots of rusted cars and signs.old-car-grill-5x7-filtered-netdeadend-snake-5x5-poster-net  The next day we went to the stunning Valley of Fire.  This is a state park that has lots of sandstone rocks the are standing straight up from the ground due to violent up thrusts from the time of the dinosaurs.  It is pretty dramatic.vof-beehive-person-5x7-closer-netvalley-of-fire-arch-5x7-net

And today we visited the Atomic Testing Museum. We had a Groupon (2 for $26) and you should look for such a discount, as the list price is $22 each, and I don’t think it’s worth that. Those of you who are of our age will remember those duck-and-cover drills from the 60s, and this will certainly make you realize how useless that would have been, and how crazy the whole nuclear industry was.

There is a lot to do in Las Vegas besides gambling.

Well, I thought I would up date you on some of our events.  Not as exciting as the summer in England but still interesting.

If you want to purchase any of these photographs they are available in my Etsy shop.

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Have to create art;making beach pebble people

I do not have any of my art tools here in Mexico but I cannot seem to resist creating art from what ever is at hand.  So the beach here has lots of smooth rocks and pebbles.###Travel tip for artists:  I purchased some school paint, glue, and a couple of canvases at the dollar store here in Mexico called Waldos.   I am creating pebble people collages.  The trick is to make these collages with only things found on the beach.  So my pebble people and animals take shape from the shape of the beach finds.  So here my little art set up on the balcony; art paint shells  There are shells and rocks that I have cleaned with bleach and oiled with oil oil.  With my school paint, I am ready to go. CREATE!  Here is a canvas I made to remember my sweet dog Daisy who lived on earth for 17 years and is now a dog angel.daisy angelHere is a bride and groom set of pebble and shell people with some drift wood and wooden weeds.pebble people wedding And here is a couple in love.  It was really hard to find a beach pebble the size of a heart.couple pebble people  I will see what images comes from the beach next week.

Gibraltar cave stalactites from our cruise to Rome in April 2015

Found some time today to clean up some of the photos I took of the stalactites that were in the St. Michael’s caves.    Here is a quote from Wikipedia about them; “St. Michael’s Cave or Old St. Michael’s Cave is the name given to a network of limestone caves located within the Upper Rock Nature Reserve in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, at a height of over 300 metres (980 ft) above sea level“.

On our tour we went through these caves and saw these amazing rock formations under the ground.  Here they are for you to enjoy.gibralter Stalactites  green 5x7  wm gibralter Stalactites  green close up Stalactites  interrior  close up 1 Stalactites Gibralter rocks wmcave green lace 5x7 small cave blue lace 5x7 small

A sandpiper, and crashing waves and sick sea lion pups

Sadly, this has been a record year for starving sea lion pups who come to shore because they are tired and hungry.  We have seen 2 here at our beach. The first one we found dead on the beach a couple of days later.  It is difficult  here because the nearest rescue is in Ensenada so there is little that can be done for these sweet babies.   Today,we sent a donation to the Orange county rescue service that has 88 sea lion pups in its shelter ( there have been 1800 rescued off the coast of California since Jan. of this year).  FYI  here is a link to the story http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/16/sea-lion-pups-stranded-california_n_6876076.html  . I could not bring myself to take a photo of the last stranded pup we saw on Sat.  I just hope he rested , got back out to sea, and found some food.

Here are some happier photos that I took in the last couple of days.  It has been overcast here at the beach , but even when it is grey and somewhat stormy the ocean and its creatures are beautiful.  Here is one of the sand pipers standing on one leg, they seem to like to do that. sandpiper 5x7 small_edited-1Here is a photograph of the crashing waves on the rock point at the southern end of our beach. slow crashing waves 5x7 small_edited-1Since the waves have been more rough the last few days we have seen more sea weed wash up on shore.  Here is a photo of a large seaweed pod.seaweed on shore  And I wanted  to leave you with a sunset photograph taken on a cloudy day.black sun stream 5x7 small

Shell Art , made from the gifts of the sea

P1200256Here are some shell and rock art collage pieces I made today.  I love walking on the beach and finding interesting shells and rocks.  There are a lot of Pacific oyster shells and some volcanic rock here.  There is a sea shell midden (A midden is the archaeological term for trash or garbage heap) from the native people on one end of the beach and it is interesting to see all the broken sea shells that they dumped there over the years.  It is about 10 feet high.  But most of the shells and rocks I use are from the shore line.  shell collage art oystersThese are made with Aleene’s 7800 all purpose glue ( you can get it at Michaels) , glitter, pearls and crystals.   The wood I found at the beach.  I also added some sand from the beachshell swirl fantasy collage art 1shell art swirlsshell art collage blue.jpg