Roaming Around Vegas: A Photo Essay

Where have I been?!

It’s been kind of busy around here lately and admittedly writing hasn’t been on my list of things to do. I’ve looked at this blog several times and thought “Uh, Kim, you might want to do a post soon.” Until now, I never got around to it.

Lately, being armed with my camera has been more exciting for me than staring at a computer screen writing a post. I’ve had ideas and I’ve been to a couple events in recent weeks but the thought of writing about them didn’t seem too appealing.

But picking up that camera and shooting around downtown again even in 102+ degree heat?  Love it. I suspect a good part of the reason behind this is because being cooped up is not my idea of fun. Creative types are NOT meant to be chained to a desk all day.

To avoid losing my sanity on those cooped up in the apartments days it’s always a good idea to get out shooting so I have enough shots to tweak. A friend of mine recently asked if I had a backlog of images. I never do interestingly enough.

To show you what I’ve been up to, here’s a photo collection of some of my favorite images over the past couple weeks.

Above: Atomic Liquors closed in 2011 following the deaths of their original owners within months of each other. It opened in 1952 and was named Atomic Liquors because people would sit on the roof and watch the mushroom clouds in the distance.

Above: A small piece of what remains of the Blue Angel Motel. Although the motel still stands, it’s on borrowed time . It closed at the end of 2011 and was slated for demolition. While friends who are into historic elements of Vegas like this are thrilled it still stands and have a glimmer of hope it will somehow be spared, deep down we all know it will be gone some day in the near future.

Above: The Ice House Lounge which is now being renovated to become an office development. I’ve passed this many times and don’t have much information about it just yet. It hasn’t been around for long unlike everything else I shoot in the downtown area.

Above: All Star Donuts on Las Vegas Blvd. near Wyoming Ave. Yes, it says Chinese Food on the top of the building but they also serve donuts and other breakfast items. Weird; I know, but this is Vegas after all.

Above: Someone can’t spelling “coming” correctly at the soon to be Coco Beach restaurant on Charleston Blvd. If it was a child who drew this then I can understand the error. An adult? Not so much. This place used to be site of Fong’s Chinese Restaurant.

To view more shots taken throughout June, check them out on Flickr. There you will find shots from Hoover Dam (including a really cool Chuckwalla lizard), former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman, and a trio of rubber duckies. Most of my shots around town can be found in the Vegas 2012 set.

Now that June is pretty much over, it’s time to see what July has in store for me. A trip to a zoo in Moapa? Another drive to the California desert? More shots from around downtown Vegas?

We’ll just have to wait and see…


  1. JOn ~=:-) Miller says:

    Hi Kim! I must say, I find what you write above to be completely absurd… c’mon, really? A Trio of rubber duckies in Vegas?? Not believable. Hehe! Your blog is great! I was brought here by your post about the new design. It Does look great (although I neve saw the old format.) Ilove your bio, and the way you describe about yourself, the snappy comebacks, and how you behave. Yup, I would agree.

    I will come back, and explore some more…. So glad You forced yourself into my life (yeah, cuz I had no choice, or say-so in any of it, huh?) ~=:-)

    • Yes! A trio of rubber duckies! I know the totally cool human who manages them too!

      And thanks for the compliment on the new site. I’m glad you enjoy it and my bio. Please do continue returning. I’m hoping those duckies will make an appearance on the blog at some point. I just have to coordinate with their human. =)

      Oh yea, I’m also glad I worked my way into your life. You’re a cool friend. Glad to have you around for fun and laughter.