She’s So Vine

Sometimes nature-watching in Las Vegas is a two-way street, as this camera-wielding pedestrian discovered during a recent trip to the Shoppes at the Palazzo.

But be sure not to take anything more than photos if you encounter such foliage. Messing with Mother Nature is not only unwise, it could also result in a call to security. The living, breathing greenery is part of the resort’s Carnevale celebration, which continues through Sept. 9.

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