January 23, 2009

Las Vegas – Luxor, originally uploaded by GlobeTrotter 2000.

A year ago, I and my Partner In Crime were in Las Vegas, staying at the Egyptian-themed Luxor. We had a wonderful time (ahem, you can see some of our photos here) but let me tell you: Vegas is a CRAZY place. It shouldn’t really exist, and it sucks up so much energy and power, I know the whole idea of it must make Al Gore WEEP.

However, the Luxor’s pyramid is 350 feet high, and has this beam of light that comes out of the top of the pyramid, which, according to Wikipedia, is the brightest beam in the world, visible for almost 300 miles away. (Or would be, if the light pollution from the rest of Vegas wasn’t so awful.)

Again, according to Wikipedia, the hourly cost of the lightbeam, including lamps, electricity, and repairs, is US$51. The claim is made that the beam can be observed from space. Disgusting, isn’t it? But also? Kind of cool.

So in memory of our trip to Vegas, here is today’s photo. I like the composition, the angle is just right to see the sphinx, the pyramid, and the lightbeam. (And the palm trees, which, let me tell you, as a girl from Toronto, Canada, I found very thrilling.)

Enjoy today’s photo! If you like the photo, please drop a comment to the original photographer at Flickr.

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