In Los Alamos, California, the two-story Union Hotel’s decor is an ecclectic mix of wildwest and Victorian gingerbread styles. The bar is rustic and whimsical. A large moose head decorates a wall and a cello is somehow affixed to the ceiling. Swinging saloon doors lend an authentic charm. Sprinkled about the grounds are wood and wrought iron benches and a great deal of greenery climbs an arched bower. Vines climb the outer walls and also enthusiastically grow between the uneven floor boards of the outdoor walkways. In this shot, a tendril is attempting to wrap itself around the leg of one of the benches. By tomorrow, I’ll wager it will have succeeded.
Nikon Coolpix S500 point and shoot.
July, 2012.


rustic, vine, tendril, bench, seating, chair

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  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAalmost 2 years ago

    A beautiful capture of a great find, Ellen!!! The contrast between the rustic surrounds and the new life is superb.

  • Again, thank you, Phil, for your encouraging words. “Superb” is a good one!
    Cordially, Ellen

    – waddleudo

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  • THANK YOU, POPS, Evita, Trish, Judy and Corri. This banner is my all-time favorite banner!! And its so appropriate to award this image which includes a bit of nature as its focus!
    Cordially, Ellen

    – waddleudo

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 2 years ago

    31st July 2012

    Love the mixed textures and the hint of green well seen and captured.

  • You are always so kind and supportive. Thank you, Karen! Wish you could have been there. It was a perfect day to go on a shoot!
    Cordially, Ellen

    – waddleudo

  • Marjolein Katsma
    Marjolein Katsmaalmost 2 years ago


  • Such a humble image to engender such a wonderful comment. Thank you, Marjolein!
    Cordially, Ellen

    – waddleudo

  • Jeanne Sheridan
    Jeanne Sheridanalmost 2 years ago

    Great shot! Congratulations on your feature in Rustic :-)

  • Thank you very much, Jeanne! Rustic Group doesn’t give a banner so I had no idea that group had made this image a Feature. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know!
    Cordially, Ellen

    – waddleudo

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