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Late Afternoon at The Cokesbury Hills Motel

25 01 2012

I had a lot to think about on Saturday so I decided to take a few back roads and clear my head. I was listening to Dean Martin, he’s great for thinking, so I found myself in a bit of a romantic mood. I hope that translates well in these pictures.

I found myself pulling into the Cokesbury Hills Motel. I was on a back road on the outskirts of town I had only driven once or twice. I remember passing this place on my way to a photo shoot location and not giving it a second glance. The problem with the sign is the background is fairly dull and I couldn’t get high enough to try all the angles I would’ve liked. I still enjoy the look and feel of the sign though so I got a few snaps then wandered over to an old fence.

The fence had a lot of growth nearby and this leafy bush jumped out at me. First I noticed the color of the leaves and the beauty of the plant. The tiny barbs and thorns weren’t noticeable until after I got my camera set on it and really started studying the plant. A lot of things in life are like that, beautiful but with risk or baggage. Sometimes you still have to go for it though. *click*

When I saw this I fell in love with it. I’m not entirely sure what it is, I think some broken inverted part of a bottle, but I absolutely love it. (***UPDATE- Thanks to Dezra, Michael, and Ian Macky we’re now know this is a neon sign insulator. Ian actually runs the website that Mike share the link to! I love how everything came together***) I don’t know how it got hung on a chain link fence but with the rusted metal ring and the discolored glass, it fits perfectly. A few twigs from the neighboring plant found their way over to the fence too. They look good together.

Before I go here is a general update on the Blog. Firstly, all of you have been phenomenal. I’ve gotten so much feedback on this blog and I’m blown away by how many people have connected with the What Shootabout is all About page. I’ve had a handful of responses with people interested in helping out with some guest content so we should have some of that by this weekend, if you’re interested email arleyseth@gmail.com and let me know. Please subscribe, comment, criticize, or just talk to me and let me know what you like and what you don’t. Finally, look below at a few of the blogs I enjoy and let them know you heard about them on shootabout!

Carrie An amazing Reno photographer who I’m practically begging to write a guest piece. Really though, great pictures, you’ll be glad you checked her out.

James Some great writing with a big side of photos. A really great read.

The Viking and his Kitten Fantastic travel bloggers, possibly an upcoming guest writer here at shootabout too

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86 responses

25 01 2012
thesweetkitten

Wow! Thanks for mentioning us! And don’t forget, you can be a guest blogger on our blog as well!

25 01 2012
96arley

My pleasure, and I’m looking forward to it. We have a historic site nearby that I think would be interesting for your readers. I’ll share some history, some pictures, etc. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

25 01 2012
Theosingha

I just came across your blog for the first time. Truly inspiring. Please keep the gorgeous pictures coming free and fast.

25 01 2012
96arley

I’ve got a few shoots planned for a little later this week. I’m glad you found me and I look forward to hearing from you again 🙂

25 01 2012
Chillbrook

Nice images!

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Chillbrook, glad you stopped by

25 01 2012
dustiebill

Thank you for the suggested blogs! I love getting connected with new people on here! Great finds on your treasure hunt! Love the last pic too

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks and I love sharing the other great blogs I find on here. Glad you stopped by!

25 01 2012
Chuck A Stetson

back roads are a gifting muse

25 01 2012
96arley

Definitely. You can find so much inspiration in the places that no one tried to make inspiring.

30 01 2012
Capturing Light

Here Here! Back roads ARE a gifting muse. Well stated.
cheers.

25 01 2012
cds

love the deep colors in that second shot. the red is gorgeous and plays so well against the green. and the focus/dof is amahhzing!

25 01 2012
96arley

DoF is my specialty 🙂 thanks for stopping by

25 01 2012
redstreake

LOVE your photography!! LOVE the old hotel sign! Don’t you just love shooting old stuff :-). Can you imagine what it would have been like brand new? I like to shoot those subjects, too. Great stuff you have 🙂

25 01 2012
96arley

I hadn’t actually thought about that. I bet it used to be a pretty ritzy place. All decked out in lights (not neon, hadn’t been invented yet.) All the big out of towners would fly into the local airport in their Piper Colt and catch a ride with their college buddy in his Lincoln Continental to the Cokesbury Golf Course. They’d grab a burger and fries and leave a nickel tip each since they were big spenders. Play a round of 18 and crash for the night until his buddy gave him a ride back to the airport the next morning.

25 01 2012
JBPhotography

These photos look great, even tho I’m only viewing them on my phone. Looking forward to getting a better view of them later on.

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you found a chance to stop by even on the go 🙂

25 01 2012
M.K. Hajdin

Beautiful macros. My crapalicious camera can’t do anywhere near as well. Someday I hope to get a real camera and take some shots like these. Especially like the bottle.

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I think the Bottle is my favorite here too. I use a Nikon, they have a number of great starter dslr’s you could check out. Hopefully I’ll have some links on the page one day with reviews and such but all that’s still a ways off.

25 01 2012
Dezra Despain

I love these out-of-the-way places! The sign is beautiful and nostalgic. As to the bottle, I really think it’s a glass covering for something electrical. If you read the verbiage on the lip, it says “standard 1500v….” (or 7500v, I can’t make it out). Why it has a handle is a mystery to me. It’s really cool, though.

25 01 2012
96arley

Great catch, I hadn’t noticed that. I might just have to research this some more 🙂

26 01 2012
vitacaptus

I believe they are called insulator caps? I see them in antique stores often. Haven’t seen one with a handle on it like that one, but I’m sure they come in different designs, like most anything else.

Great pics and great blog! And thanks for the ‘like’ on my photo.

Mike

26 01 2012
96arley

I love having followers who know more than me 🙂 thanks so much!

26 01 2012
vitacaptus

PS: Here’s a good link to them….

http://glassian.org/insulator.html

26 01 2012
96arley

You guys rock, I’m crediting you both in the post

25 01 2012
Jo Bryant

I love the last shot – there is such a story buried in there

25 01 2012
96arley

The best part of the story is, we don’t know it 🙂 I love pictures that make you use your imagination 🙂

25 01 2012
Gail Schechter

I really like the fence picture too!

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I really like it too

25 01 2012
The Scottie Chronicles

WHOA! These are nice!

Aroooo, Stuart

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks! Glad you like them!

25 01 2012
barbaraelka

I like how lights goes through this broken glass…looks like ice…clear vision coming back from being defragmented..
ok…now I am being weird:)

25 01 2012
96arley

lol, thanks for commenting, no problem

25 01 2012
Victor Ho

Arley
Thanks for visiting my blog. Strictly a hobby for me. I guess if my day job weren’t so interesting, I might consider photography. All the best.

25 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Victor, you piqued my curiosity, what’s your day job? Or can I find it on your blog? 🙂

26 01 2012
Victor Ho

Brain surgery – no kidding. It’s harder than it looks. There are a couple brain pics on my blog. Hunt them down in the gallery.

25 01 2012
Mona

You look at life through different lenses and I like your lenses.

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Mona! I’m glad you approve 🙂

25 01 2012
Sophie L. Meunier

I love it!! Nicely done!!

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks Sophie!

25 01 2012
Theadora

Ah, I loved your top shot. Hooked on vintage, retro signage. Swanky. OH. My goodness, I can feel the goosebumps! Bravo. Well done. Cheers! Theadora (Thanks for sharing!)

26 01 2012
96arley

I’m glad you like it so much!

26 01 2012
Judy

Love these shots! You have a good eye for great detail. Love the sign! That bottle is awesome! The leaves….great color capture with the dark field.
I think you said it well….sometimes we go by without a second glance.

But when we do take that second glance, that can lead to some amazing photos…as you’ve shown here. I’m glad you stopped by my blog, so I got a chance to come here!

26 01 2012
96arley

And I’m glad you visited me too Judy. Thanks for the kind words

26 01 2012
hd55

Really enjoying these photos. Came across your blog following your link back from mine and very pleased I did. Keep up the good work!

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you’ve enjoyed it!

26 01 2012
ladyfi

Wonderful shots! That last one is intriguing and beautiful.

26 01 2012
96arley

Thank You, I’m glad you enjoyed them

26 01 2012
yearinphotography

That bottle is pretty great. And the washed out colors in the sign fit that scene perfectly.

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I really like the bottle shot too 🙂

26 01 2012
seniorhiker

I enjoyed looking through your posts and your wonderful photos.

Thanks for liking my recent post.

26 01 2012
96arley

You’re welcome. I love exploring other blogs

26 01 2012
margareetaville

I absolutely love what you see through your camera!

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I find that the world looks a little different through the view finder. I can just crop out the parts I don’t want 🙂

26 01 2012
margareetaville

I’m new to photography and I JUST figured that out!! So much I don’t know yet but I’m learning!

26 01 2012
96arley

It’s a journey. Enjoy every second, we’re all still learning 🙂

26 01 2012
southwestdesertlover

Exquisite photos; I really enjoyed them. When you mentioned listening to Dean Martin, I remembered his TV shows when he slid down a metal pole and at then end of each episode, told his audience “I’m gonna go to the couch now.” His songs bring back the 1960s to me and a delightful inspiration!

26 01 2012
96arley

I wish I had been alive to feel some of the magic of seeing him live. He is one of my favorite “crooners.” I listened to him with my dad when I was a kid but this was already the 90’s

26 01 2012
Ian Macky

The 7500V thingy is a neon sign insulator; it would have supported the end of a tube.

26 01 2012
96arley

Fantastic! thanks Ian

26 01 2012
96arley

Wow, thanks Ian. I checked out your website and it looks like you run the site that Mike shared the link too. I love the way all that fit together!

26 01 2012
Gabriela Vargas

Ooo! I’m in the love with the bottle inverted thingi as well! Absolutely beautiful! 😛

26 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you like it

26 01 2012
Alex(ander) Mahler

you claim to not be pro, but you have a photographers eye my friend!

26 01 2012
96arley

I’ve always been turned off by the title pro. I’m not saying it’s bad for everyone but when I started to consider myself a pro a stopped shooting for me and started shooting for others. It doesn’t happen to everyone but I’ve found that when I cling to my hobbyist passion, I have a lot more fun and I get the kind of pictures I like to look at

26 01 2012
lomocub

Such a great sign! Especially now that I know what the place was about, it’s easy to to create an image of its heyday in my mind. Glad you shared this!

26 01 2012
96arley

And I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for stopping by

27 01 2012
Nandini

Great photos! 🙂 Loved the one with the leaves, great DoF!

27 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you liked them

27 01 2012
Karmen

Thanks for stopping by my blog and clicking that ‘like’ button! My photos are not nearly as good as yours, I mainly just document and sometimes get lucky. Not like you, you know what you’re doing and are Doing a really good job at it!

Your idea of a ‘shootabout’ is a lovely thing — we should all go on __abouts to clear our mind, our thoughts and to absorb what it out there for us. Whether we shoot, write, walk, think, whatever, going away for however long it takes is a great idea. Thanks again and I look forward to following you.

27 01 2012
96arley

Don’t sell yourself short, you’ve taken some beautiful photos. Keep up the wonderful work and I’m glad you connect with the shootabout concept

27 01 2012
robert87004

one awesome sign, love it and the post

27 01 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you enjoyed it

27 01 2012
J. Miller

First, thanks for following my blogs! But more importantly, by doing so, it helped me find yours. Great stuff you’re doing, and in my particular wheelhouse when it comes to taste.

27 01 2012
96arley

I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I’m a huge fan of 3D modeling. I’ve dabbled in Blender but I always just end up frustrated and go out to take pictures 🙂 I should probably take a class, or just read your blog more 🙂 Anyways, thanks for stopping in and I look forward to seeing you around the blog!

27 01 2012
J. Miller

Let me know if you end up using anything in my CGI blog. It would be interesting to see if instructions in Maya translate into Blender 🙂 Even if not, I do post on some general texturing, effects, and art-related topics so I figure there’s almost something for everyone involved in the digital arts.

27 01 2012
96arley

I’ve heard they’re similar but Blender isn’t as nice or as clean as Maya. I’m sure the basics are really similar but I’ll have to study on it a while

27 01 2012
MLRutledge Photography

I’ve been reading your blog on my Ipad with dirty glasses. Now I come to the computer after I called you Charley to find out that isn’t your name at all! I’m so sorry..
PS I do love your work even though I can’t see or read!!

27 01 2012
96arley

Haha, I was gonna let it slide 😉 don’t sweat it, I’ve had my name butchered way worse before.

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96arley

Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed it

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