Before I airbrushed this the signage indicated WIFI was available. Full disclosure. Just in case it might affect any travel plans.
The clock strikes twelve and moondrops burst
Out at you from their hiding place
Miss Carrie nurse and Susie dear
Would find themselves at Four Winds Bar
– Metallica – Astronomy (originally preformed by Blue Oyster Cult)
About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified
I never knew the Sun had a tail. I guess I should have paid more attention in school.
You should see it chase itself around in circles…
it’s always good for a laugh.
I like the colour in this one. I just really like the way you make your photos look with the old fashioned effect
Thank you very much, Mr. M!
I thought a ‘retro’ feel seemed to fit this image…
Nice name for the motel 🙂
All the best in 2012 🙂
I think so, too!
Thank you so much, Ms. B! I hope you have a wonderful New Year as well!
Wow – The 1950’s America of the movies makes its way onto my computer screen. Nice work Bob 🙂
This was one of those I just couldn’t pass up!
I appreciate that very much, Martin – thank you!
Cool motel as if I could see it in the old movies. 🙂
Thank you very much, sir!
I have always been interested in things that remind me of another time/place…
Thank you for airbrushing the wifi out of the picture. Classic!
In other news, I becoming increasingly interested in snatching some of your photos to literally place on the fridge as magnets (not to be confused with Mr. Magnate). Would you consider selling such a creation? I’d have the COOLEST fridge in town.
Hahaha… I just hope angry patrons don’t come after me for a lack-o-signal!
That’s a pretty cool idea, Ms. D – I hope to make a book some day (many years down the road), but I hadn’t thought of the magnet thing. I might have to look into that (in the mean time feel free to borrow anything you’d like)!
Ah, yes. Old motel buildings that have been renovated into meth labs.
We do thank you for your sacrifice in capturing terrific photos like this 🙂
it’s a tough job, Mel… but somebody’s got to brave the explosion.
Love this shot. Happy new year to you!
I’m very happy to hear that, U.M. – I thank you!
And happy New Year to you as well!
I love old American advertising like this, you have captured the tone just right with this image. Did you stay there? 🙂 Happy new year to you too Inky!
I love old signs, too! Well… I guess I really like old ‘stuff’ in general. We did not stay there, although we did get gas across the street.
A very happy New Year to you as well, B.P. – thank you!
The things you take photos off always amaze me…This one is no exception!
It that a sun? I thought is was a yellow star.
Thank you so much, Ms. A. – you are always so kind!
I’m not sure… I originally thought it was a star, too… it’s celestial, anyway… I think.
I guess it could be either then.
I have an award for you.
The details are in the link.
That ought to help kick off your New Year to a good start.
You spoil me, Ms. A…
willcould go to my head)!
Thank you so much!
Very retro looking sign! 😀
There are many old motels and motor inns in Florida with delightful “outdated” signs out front. Always fun to see.
I love old signs! So much fun! Hopefully I’ll be able to check out the Florida collection some day, too!
Love retro motel signs…it’s the old bedding that worries me 😦
agreed. And AGREED!
I bet the towels are something ‘special’, too.
… and the bedbugs
Makes me all itchy just thinking about it!
I love this and the way you processed it. Very retro and yet, if it had that wireless sign my mind may have gotten quite confused. 🙂 Great image! 🙂
Thank you so much, Katie – that is very kind of you!
To tell you the truth, I missed the wifi thing at first (I’m glad I caught it before I posted this, though – really didn’t seem quite right)!
Love the retro look of this one.
Thank you very much, Ms. F!
You’ve probably guessed I love all things retro!
I hope you had a great holiday. I like this old motel sign photo. I was thinking that someone should go around the country and take photos of some of the defunct motels…kind of like the Burma-Shave signs from the 50’s…make a series…might be cool 😀
Thank you very much, Mary! I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well (and a happy New Year to you, too)!
That sounds like a wonderful idea! There’s something hauntingly interesting about them, isn’t there? A real sense of the passage of time… pretty fascinating.
Great shot. Love the vintage-y look.
I thank you!
I do like vintage!
Not sure I want to jump in that hot tub..
not for all the antibiotics in the world…
That’s a very neat sign, and the way you processed it is just right. Wifi definitely would ruin it!
Old signs like this are real eye catchers, aren’t they?!
Thank you so much, sir – it was a lot of fun to play around with!
Very nice, Robert. I really like words in images like this one here. The colours are great!
besides the ‘main’ sign I also really like that ‘Color TV’ part… pretty cool!
Thank you so much, S.E.!
Classic travel photo! Where was the shot taken?? Love it!
I think this was taken in Durango, Colorado…
please excuse my forgetfulness (it’s been 6 or 7 years… and I have a hard time remembering what I did this morning)!
Thank you very much Mr. B!
right there with ya, my friend!! Great capture nonetheless. My history nerd just can’t help but dig these retro selections.
The atmosphere you created for this image and the motel itself make me think of a playstation game that I played last year – “Heavy Rain”. The atmosphere are quite the same – heavy and risk! 😀
Hahaha… right on, Cristina!
I was feeling pretty brave standing across the street, but I’m not sure I would have wanted to risk much more!
A nice place to visit…but…a photo works for me.
agreed! Probably one of those special places best viewed from a safe distance.
Autumnal colours – gorgeous
The weather was SO nice
(I REALLY miss it)!
Cool image! I can’t decide if old motels like that are nostalgic, or just creepy. I think that if I’m driving past them, they’re nostalgic, but if I have to stay in them, they’re creepy 🙂
I completely agree with your assessment, Eden!
These places are full-on Monets!
So glad you clarified that. 4 Winds DOES have WIFI. Excellent.
Happy New Year, Inky!! Hope your holidays were wonderful. 😀
Hahaha… I wouldn’t want any potential patrons to be disappointed, you know.
Thank you very much, Dishy! I hope your family had a wonderful holidays as well!
Thank you very much, M.P.!
This looks like it should have featured in the Big Lebowski
“What the f**k is this?”
“Obviously, you are not a golfer.”
(one of my all time favorite movies)
Nobody f**ks with the Jesus…
Well… that’s like… your opinion… man…
Mine too 🙂
Are you a ‘Big Lebowski’ fan, too, A.G.? I love that movie. It really ties the room together.
very cool old school!
like a frozen moment in time.
wishing you a wonderful 2012!
I ‘loves me’ some retro…
this sign was just too interesting to pass up!
Thank you so much, Cursi! I’m wishing you the very best in 2012 as well!
Well, thank goodness!
I would never deign to stay without wifi.
I do have standards after all.
(Oh, and preferably no bed bugs.)
even bed bugs want wifi nowadays. I’d guess.
I say give them what they want if they’ll agree to leave us alone!
I can see why you’d airbrush out the Wifi mention – definitely spoils the Bates Motel vibe they’re otherwise rocking there.
Alfred Hitchcock presents:
Free Wifi, Hot Tub, Weekly – Monthly Rates and Cont Breakfast…
*cue the creepy music*! 🙂
This is a cool looking effort SIG
and I hope that 2012 is giving you
lots of that wicked inspiration 🙂
Thank you very much, A.G.!
So far so good… I’ve got about three or four projects going at once again.
And the same to you, of course, sir!
Thank you again for your great kindness!
Whew! Glad to know that the Four Winds has wi-fi available.
I love these throwback motels. Once when I was on Route 66 I stayed in a hotel room shaped like a teepee. Just like the one in the movie Cars. What a hoot!
What a relief, right?!
Sounds pretty cool… remind me of some rest stops I’ve seen (in South Dakota, I think)… they feature GIANT teepee-like structures. Kinda fun.
Ten bucks says there’s cigarette burns on the bedspread and someone stole the Bible out of the nightstand.
Love it, Sig. Super retro!
sounds like a pretty safe bet, Nancy! I like your odds!
Thank you very, very much!
I stayed there. For three dollars more a week, you can get a bedspread without cigarette burns, but the remote is still screwed to the nightstand.
And bed bugs are extra.
Hahaha… what a BARGAIN!
Thanks for the tip – I’ll be sure to pack my toolbox next time.
And my Raid.
No WIFI ! Great composition!
What kind of sick joke is that, right?!
Thank you very much, sir!
Of course, I like this…nice.
Many thanks, Mr. J.!
i like the tone of this photo… great colouring to it.
Thank you very much, Nigel!
I thought a ‘retro’ feel seemed to suit this place…
oh so very retro – good choice!
wonder how old that sign is?
hard to imagine wifi being available here even without the retor touch-up 🙂
Why thank you!
That is a very good question… it looks like its been around for a while, doesn’t it?!
Hahaha… good call on the bad signal.
You know the essence of this hotel is now immortalized in photography and the written word… 🙂
It was a pretty interesting looking place, wasn’t it, Annabelle!