Weekend Coffee Share – Embracing Las Vegas

I think you would like your coffee hot today. It’s cold. Of course not cold like the blizzard some places experiences right now, but pretty cold. At least it was this morning when I was walking my daughter to school, it was 30 degrees and windy. How would you like your coffee?

So, I kind of made a decision, after taking some photos around the city last weekend. When people ask me what I like the most about Vegas, now after living here for 6 months, I usually think I like getting the hell out of here in my head, and then I answer something polite about how much I love the wonderful nature we’re surrounded by. I still don’t appreciate city life so much, but I’ve made a decision to try to embrace at least part of it a little more. I see some advantages, cool photography opportunities being one of them.

New photography bag. I think I like it. The only thing I’m not thrilled about is that I can’t have my 300mm lens attached to the camera, and close the bag. There is room to have it as an extra lens, on the side, and have a 50mm lens attached to the camera body. On the other hand, I’ll probably need the 50mm more often in the city, compared to a telephoto zoom lens (even though my telephoto zoom lens is my favorite lens, that I use the most.) I moved the inside compartments around a little, to make it suit my needs.

So this week I got myself a new photography bag, for taking photos in the city. And a new very unpractical, WHITE Calvin Klein jacket (no photos of the jacket yet.) I am a very practical person, and it’s so out of the norm for me. I’m thinking, if I feel a little more like I fit in, maybe it’s going to get easier to embrace city life. Not that I’m giving up on my dreams, I’m working harder than ever, and my dreams have not changed one little bit since I was 5 years old. Realistically I need more cash before I can turn my property into a homestead, a sustainable homestead that is. My daughter is in a really good school. I should embrace life here for a while. Vegas have a lot of opportunities. My country soul isn’t super happy about that, but I’ve decided that I need to try harder, and I will.

I’m going to work on improving sides of my photography that I haven’t had the opportunity to fully learn about while living in the countryside; like cityscapes, and event photography. Maybe even some fashion/model photos. I hated my short carrier as a model, but I love photographing beautiful people, in cool settings. There’s lots of very beautiful people here, and an infinite amount of very intriguing places. Embrace is going to be my motto.

That’s the awesome thing with photography, you can bring it with you anywhere, and there’s always new things to learn. I actually have a couple photo shoots booked for the near future, without even trying. Which is encouraging. On top of that my favorite country artist Corb Lund used one of the photos I took when he was in Vegas on his official Instagram account today, with credit to me. Which made me very happy of course. I don’t think that was my best photo of him, but still very cool.

What’s new in your universe this week? What’s the weather like? I’m planning on staying warm this weekend, and when the weather allows I’m going to put together the two greenhouses I’ve ordered for the backyard. Have an awesome weekend!  Thanks for having coffee with me!


Ms Zen

Published by Sagittarius Viking

It’s all about experiences, and the healing power of nature. Life is about choosing happiness. I entered the magic world of photography when I was five years old. My gypsy soul have taken me to many different countries, and definitely taught me to be more humble. I believe that you are what you eat, body and soul. I enjoy growing my own food, and spending time outdoors. A Sagittarius loves to travel, have an open mind and, and a philosophical view. It motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. A lot of that perfectly describes me. The fact that my ancestors, on both parents sides, were vikings, doesn’t exactly lessen my desire to explore. Maybe a slightly more mindful exploring, compared to the average viking. My blog, and my art prints is a results of my (inner and outer) explorations. Love, Maria

24 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share – Embracing Las Vegas

  1. Embracing things we dislike is something we all need to do as we dream about another life or living arrangements. ❤️ I Love your new camera bag and especially how you’ll be able to do more photography!! And to be able to experiment more with your photo shoots, how FUN! 😁

    I haven’t decided what I’m going to do about my garden this year. That will be nice to start in small green houses. I have two containers that I started growing things in too late last year so I’ll think of something to grow in them. I think I still have some seeds left from last year…. Here’s to small gardening! Cheers! ❤️🌾🌱

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    1. Good morning, you are so good at that, embracing life, and shaping it into an existence that you want. You are a great inspiration there my friend. I hope it dries up for you this weekend, and that you get some good times with your horses. Cheers to almost gardening season! ❤

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  2. I like your new camera bag MJ! I have an older Nikon D3300 body, the 300mm lens will fit in the bag while attached to the body if I gently push down. Then the zippers will pass over it. We have a common hobby! ☺️😎

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    1. Thank you John! It does makes it easier when you have your equipment organized. eventually I’ll probably have to get one more bag, where I can have my 300mm lens attached, I could not do that with my camera body. I have a full frame camera, and it is slightly bigger. Have a great weekend!


  3. I think ’embrace’ is an excellent inspirational word. Meeting the world head-on and getting the best out of every experience. Looking forward to seeing your street scenes – I expect Vegas has a lively set. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Eliza, you are always so supporting! I appreciate that! It definitely is a lively street scene here. Especially some places. I hope everything is well in your world. Have a wonderful weekend!


  4. wow – this sounded so much like you. honest and finding it hard to like the city, but willing to give it a try and (I’ll call it) developing a taste for the city. Maria, you are going to succeed as just about anything you put your mind and heart to. All the best.

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  5. I don’t comment on Instagram often, but just wanted to say that I loved the photo and story of your horse that checked up on you when you were pregnant! What a great friend to have 🙂 And I won’t tell your secret about what you sometimes did when he knocked on the door with his left hoof 😉

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  6. Love your photographs in Los Vegas during the rain. In particular, the Mirage with the people and the lights reflected in the water on the street and walk. Gorgeous! It is fun, expanding the possibilities for new and different photo subjects (and equipment and perspectives and…)

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  7. Thanks for the hot coffee, Maria! It has been COLD here all weekend, even when the sun came out today. You’re not kidding when you say 30 degrees and windy! Brrr! I like your ideas of embracing more types of photography! I’ve always been fascinated by street photography and those of people. I got a little bit of that experience when doing field trips with my students, but none this spring. When we go back to Hawaii, I’ll try some of that! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. It’s been even windier today. I was hoping to drive out to Red Rock, but it didn’t seem safe to do. Street photography have always fascinated me as well. I think Jane Lurie Photography is one of my favorite street photographers https://janeluriephotography.wordpress.com/. She does all kind of photography, but I really like her street scenes. They are inspirational. I’m not 100% comfortable taking pictures of strangers on the street, probably because I don’t like being in photos myself. It’s a fine line. I’d like to do some more black and white photography this spring. I love your photos from your road trip a lot!!


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