52 sundays; april 17, 2011

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by Debra on April 17, 2011

On our trip to Vegas this past weekend, we took an afternoon just to explore some of the gorgeous hotels; these photos come from the MGM Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens . . . that place is a site to behold!

I discovered this renegade red tulip amongst a sea of pink and in that one single moment I hear these words in my head:

‘Dare to be different, don’t aspire to blend in with the rest of the crowd, celebrate your own uniqueness and style, stand proud and embrace your own individuality Debra . . .’

I love it when a single tulip can teach me a life lesson!

And one final mesmerizing moment, I want to share the spectacular, and I do mean spectacular, fountain show that runs every half hour in front of this stunning hotel – the video clip is only 3 minutes long – enjoy the show!


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Adryon May 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I’m not sure how I missed this, but how lovely. Love the lone little flower – I can understand how you knew it was speaking to you. xoxo


Elle April 20, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Wise words, Debra!


Shaina April 19, 2011 at 11:21 am

Love that lone red tulip, and what a wonderful quote.


Marly April 18, 2011 at 11:54 pm

This is one of my favorite 52 sundays posts so far! I love the colors, the composition, and the challenge to dare to be different. Great words (and images) to live by!


Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies April 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Boy am I a sucker for a pretty flower – or a pretty fountain! My absolute favorite spot at Disney World is the Fountain of Nations in Epcot. It puts on shows like the one in front of the Bellagio – of course on a much less grand scale, but still beautiful. I used to work in one of the merchandise kiosks just next to the fountain, and it made life bearable in the oppressive Orlando sun.


Aggie April 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm

The Bellagio is most definitely my favorite place to hang out in Vegas. The conservatory is just stunning and just so peaceful, love all the flowers and greenery!

Your photos and life lesson…I have no words. Just love it. Beautiful.

My garden is teaching me right now…to be patient. I’m loving every minute. Can’t wait for my reward. :)


Barbara April 18, 2011 at 9:53 am

Bellagio’s gardens are lovely! And so is their water show. Didn’t you love the Chihuly glass afrtwork in the lobby ceiling?


Sanjeeta kk April 18, 2011 at 8:41 am

Love that ‘a single Tulip can teach new lessons!’ The video clip is wonderful.


Amy | She Wears Many Hats April 18, 2011 at 8:37 am

Love that Deb! I need to put that on a sticky note where I can see it every day.


Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon April 18, 2011 at 8:10 am

Debra, hope you had a fantastic trip. Did you happen to see the fountain show at night? Stunning.


Lana April 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Beautiful photos and beautiful words:) It is frightening to be different, to stick out, and not blend in, but at the same time so exhilarating. So glad you had a great time. And the fountain show was amazing!


foodwanderings April 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm

SO nice Debra! Tulips remind me of Holland!! That is a pretty one. Seems like you had areal nice weekend. I have never been to Vegas!


jennifer (savor) April 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I find inspiration from my children everyday.


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen April 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm

So beautiful, tulips are one of my favorite spring flowers. I like that the red one isn’t afraid to stand out from the crowd. :-)


RJ Flamingo April 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I love those gardens, and the tulips in particular. Exquisite post, Deb!


bunkycooks April 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm

The flowers are just gorgeous and perfect reminders that Spring is here (for the most part). I am so glad that you had a few days of rest and fun. I am hoping to do the same this week for our anniversary. BTW, the fountain show is very nifty. :)


Kristen April 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I love Vegas and I don’t know how many hours I’ve spent watching that fountain show, but I love sitting on a bench just watching the magic. So gorgeous! Stunning photos!


cheryl April 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm

My hubby and I went to Vegas for our first time ever in February to escape an endless Canadian winter. We too, took in the amazing water show at the Bellagio. We sat outside and chowed down to an amazing meal at Olive, under the warmth of a heat lamp. We were totally mesmerized by the fountain show that accompanied Frank Sinatra. Awesome!


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme April 17, 2011 at 11:47 am

Holy cow! I could sit there and watch that fountain for hours. Dancing water is both soothing and fascinating. And I love your life-lesson from a tulip!


Debra April 17, 2011 at 11:55 am

Lana, i could have stayed in that one spot all day and never grown tired of watching that water . . . peaceful, beautiful and awe . . . perfect


Brian @ A Thought For Food April 17, 2011 at 11:38 am

Oh that tulip is stunning! Lovely picture, D!!!


Debra April 17, 2011 at 11:54 am

thank you Brian, you are setting the bar high my friend!


Sense of Home April 17, 2011 at 11:24 am

Simply gorgeous. Your blog stands out in a crowd.



Debra April 17, 2011 at 11:53 am

thank you so much Brenda, i really appreciate those words, i really do


Wenderly April 17, 2011 at 11:24 am

Ahhhh, so beautiful! Love the quote too…I am embracing my own individuality and it feels fabulous!



Debra April 17, 2011 at 11:53 am

yes Wendy, it does feel fabulous!


Jenn April 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

Lovely tulip photos!!!


Debra April 17, 2011 at 11:52 am

thank you Jenn ~ you and several other photographers are my inspiration to stretch myself!


Belinda @zomppa April 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

What gorgeous flowers!


Debra April 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

thank you Belinda – that place is amazing!


Tickled Red April 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

I love the quote with the tulip :) It’s always the little things that teach us the most. I’m so glad that you had a great time in Vegas. Love the video!


Debra April 17, 2011 at 11:50 am

it IS the little things Red! but i also find that for me, i must be still and quiet enough in my head to actually see what’s around me . . . am grateful this was one of those times!


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