Memento Mori

Death Valley, CA/Paradise, NV. [May 2019]

a 2-hour dangerously above-speed-limit drive is all that separates life and death. But which do you prefer?

Choose Death (Valley) and be enchanted by the reflecting pools in Badwater Basin, a starry canvas as viewed from Zabriskie Point, the rugged landscape seen high from Dante’s View and low from Devil’s Golf Course, and the barren mosaic of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes?

Or choose Li-fe(-ve) from Beautiful Las Vegas, and indulge in the gluttony at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Zen Kitchen, mind-numbing entertainment (mind-blowing in the case of Penn & Teller), all while resisting the call of the BlackJack tables and thumping EDM music?

Choose whichever, just don’t regret the choice. Memento Mori.

Sunrise in a flooded Badwater Basin after rare early-summer (or anytime) rains
Defying physics
Infinity Mirrors
R.I.P. Alexander McQueen – constantly reminding us of the fragility of life
The Range Rover Evoque held up pretty well getting us to rugged Devil’s Golf Course
Where we were before, as seen from 6,000 feet above at Dante’s View
Stars, so many stars, as seen from Zabriskie Point
What looks like shooting stars are probably just airplanes
OK 1 more
Never stop running. At Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Liu Kang wins. FATALITY
That scarf has featured prominently in our photography sets
Naturally polychrome hills of Artist’s Pallette
I think we met David Blaine!
One Michelin Star, but probably a more pleasant experience than the 3-Star next door
Pretty plating – borderline art
Don’t be Tarty to the Party
A trip down memory plane with a breakfast Bento at Zen Kitchen in Waldorf-Astoria LV

“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.” -J. Robert Oppenheimer

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