Illuminating show

By Joe Duty | Published Thursday, December 2, 2010

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Inside the Frame

Lights illuminate gushing streams in an arid desert.

In the heart of this gambling oasis, two symbols of purity, water and light, shimmer in unison before the palace-like Bellagio Hotel. Like a regular natural wonder, crowds gather every 15 minutes to witness the light show play in the waters of the elaborate fountain.

In another juxtaposition, legions of men representing traditional American values will delve into the heart of Sin City. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo begins today at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

In 2007, our roaming photographer shot this image during his coverage of the NFR. On every travel, he has a goal of bringing back three photos that capture the essence of the area.

The scene symbolizes endless water in bone desert, streaming purity in vice. Today, the NFR pushes the rodeo work ethic into the land of chance, bare essentials into the realm of excess.

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