52 sundays; 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!



  1. 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

  2. Wise words, Debra!

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 🙂

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

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

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

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. I find inspiration from my children everyday.

  14. 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. 🙂

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

  16. 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. 🙂

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. 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!

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

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

  21. Simply gorgeous. Your blog stands out in a crowd.


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


  23. Lovely tulip photos!!!

  24. What gorgeous flowers!

  25. 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!

    • 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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