Pulling into the Austin Motel after dark

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    This is a classic motel here in Austin. It's on South Congress, and one of many examples of unique neon in the city. It looks positively phallic (if that wasn't in your head, it was now, excuse the pun) and you just can't miss it when you're driving down the street.

    There is a long and rich history, starting even before when it became a hotel in 1938. One thing I remember as a kid (and still hear now from the backseat), is that my primary feature in any Texas motel was a swimming pool. I understand they still have a kidney-shaped one out back.

    As you can tell, I've been working my way around Austin, doing my best to grab some of the classic spots. It takes a lot of time, because the conditions aren't always perfect. I like the sky and everything to be just about right... but, sometime by the end of the year, I should have the major spots of interest captured!

    from the blog at www.stuckincustoms.com

    Paradis Photographis, Blu3_Sky999, and 107 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. {kidnurse} [deleted] 68 months ago | reply


    2. Onironauta... 68 months ago | reply

      what can I say about these colours? stuning!

    3. wildmann59 68 months ago | reply


      Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)

    4. Jason's Travel Photography 68 months ago | reply

      Great way to take an everyday scene and turn it into an intriguing shot!

    5. iceman9294 68 months ago | reply

      I thought it was a toilet plunger...

    6. A.al-Muzaini 68 months ago | reply

      amazing lighting my friend !!

    7. vszy 68 months ago | reply

      Quality nightshot

    8. Technical Nature 68 months ago | reply

      Nice shot. Cool place. Austin is a nice city.

    9. Trashken 68 months ago | reply

      Excellent HDR! Colors are fantastic!

    10. [ Rodelicious ] 68 months ago | reply

      i'm a fan trey! you did justice on this one mate.

    11. Philip Michael Photo 68 months ago | reply

      Great work! Every detail is captured really well.
      Seen in the interestingness archives. ( ?² )

    12. mlsnp 68 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Neon Texas, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    13. John E Adams 68 months ago | reply

      Love this Trey!

    14. Charlie Essers 68 months ago | reply

      Trey, how do you get wonderful flare like that on the streetlamp?

    15. EssexTex 65 months ago | reply

      Hi, They do indeed have a kidney shaped pool, it's really cool.
      I stayed there for two weeks with my wife and kids a few years back.

      It's a great place to get a taste of how interesting Austin still is, there's some great local shops and bars...and of course the Magnolia Cafe up the road.

      Great shot too.

    16. shep1992 55 months ago | reply

      Dick Balls Motel!!!!!!!!

    17. Emotioned.com 50 months ago | reply

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    18. Jeff* 43 months ago | reply

      I noticed you had a creative commons license for this. I hope it's ok if I blogged your image (link below). Your photo receives full attribution and links back to this flickr page but I wanted to let you know in case you wanted me to remove your image.
      Seen on hotelculture.blogspot.com (?)

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