Texas Hill Country Photography

August 9, 2017

Victoria B.C. Canada

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Carolyn Whiteside @ 1:43 pm

This spring, a teacher friend of mine and I went to Victoria B.C together. We had an enjoyable time catching up and reminiscing our days of working together. The Pacific Northwest mild temperatures and sunny skies made for a perfect trip to be enjoying nature. We took tours, had high tea, and even went to the sailboat races. And, of course, the Butchart Gardens are amazing and I highly recommend a visit if you haven’t been. More pictures are posted HERE if you would like to see the sites!

May 1, 2017

Artistic Birds featured on Texas Parks & Wildlife

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Carolyn Whiteside @ 1:10 pm

Recently, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine had a feature article about the “artistic bird” images that I was creating. It was quite an honor to have my work in such an outstanding publication. Earl Nottingham, chief photographer, described it in this quote.  “While much of Carolyn’s work consists of Texas flora, fauna and landscapes, her distinctive bird photos truly stand out. Working with a combination of photography and layered textures and graphics in Photoshop, she seamlessly blends the realism of a photograph with various painterly layers that accentuate the delicate and unique avian features of a given species.” Click here to see the gallery.

May 19, 2016

Amalfi Coastline Vacation

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Andrea Garza @ 12:06 pm

This year has started off well; there were lots of wildflowers to be photographed here in Central Texas. But, the Amalfi Coast of Italy was calling for me to visit! My daughter, a friend of hers and I spent a week touring some of the highlights. We traveled by plane, bus, train, boat, and taxi to Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri. The food, the people, and the views were wonderful and we did our best to get a variety pictures using our cellphones and our point and shoot cameras. To view the entire album of photos from this vacation, click here. In the meantime, here are a few teaser photos.




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September 2, 2015

Coastal Maine Trip

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Andrea Garza @ 10:57 am

Many years ago we went to Maine and I’ve always wanted to return and do some photography. We got to spend a week in August with friends on a small lake; listening to the loons and watching them feed their chick was incredible. It was such a pleasure to escape some of the Texas heat! The days were filled with touring various picturesque harbors including Camden and Bar Harbor and seeing amazing lighthouses at Portland, Bass Harbor and Permaquid Point. The Portland Head Lighthouse is the most photographed one in Maine; it is pictured below. The area is a great vacation destination with tourists filling the streets and shops in the small villages.  Please click this link to see some of the images I took while there.

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May 12, 2015

Spring Trip to Charleston, SC

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Carolyn Whiteside @ 1:18 pm

2015 has been good to me so far! My daughter, Andrea, and I went to Charleston, SC, for a few days. We had a great carriage ride to learn about the picturesque historic homes. Other places of interest were the Waterfront Park, The Market, St. John the Baptist Cathedral, Magnolia Plantation Gardens, and the Ravenel Bridge. When we got back home the Texas wildflowers were calling me to get out and capture some new scenes. Beauty is so plentiful in the Springtime! Click here to see images from Charleston, SC.


September 16, 2014

South Llano River State Park Trip

Filed under: Texas Destinations — Carolyn Whiteside @ 11:29 am

We took a short road trip to South Llano River State Park to test out our new travel trailer. Surprisingly, recent rains had made the area green and the hillsides were purple with the blooming sage. The park has four bird blinds where I spend most of my time. We also drove around and saw lots of Axis deer, squirrels, jack rabbits, and wild turkeys. Also, the night skies were filled with stars and I took the opportunity to practice some night time photography.

Some of the photos are posted here.

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March 12, 2014

Hawaii: A Mother/Daughter Trip

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Carolyn Whiteside @ 11:43 am

In January, my daughter, Andrea Garza, and I went to Kauai, Hawaii — known as the Garden Island. What could be better than to explore a beautiful island with your beautiful daughter!! We took a photo trip, toured Waimea Canyon, experienced a sunset dinner sail while watching whales, enjoyed the McBryde Tropical Gardens, and, went to a fun Luau.

With the rented car we explored the island and saw many beaches, waterfalls, a lighthouse, quaint towns, and, watched surfers in the awesome emerald green water. It was surprising to learn how many movies and TV shows have been filmed there, but, I think Andrea was most excited to visit the beach from Gilligan’s Island. From sunrise to sunset we were out photographing all the amazing and fantastic vistas we came across. Kauai truly is the Garden Island.

Click this link to see some of the sites we photographed.


September 30, 2013

Wisconsin Road Trip – September 2013

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Carolyn Whiteside @ 1:15 pm

Bobby wanted to do some fishing for smallmouth bass coupled with me photographing some fall foliage in the upper Midwest areas of Wisconsin and Michigan.  So, we (including Lyndi Lu, our dachshund) headed up that way for a little over two weeks.  On the way, we made a few roadside stops to photograph barn, farms, covered bridges, etc.  We stayed at a cabin on Little Crooked Lake which is one of many small lakes in the Northwoods of upper Wisconsin.  Bobby hoped to catch a smallmouth over 5 pounds and he did that the first morning on Pesque Isle Lake.  We fished other small lakes, went to Copper Falls State Park, saw a few nice spots with fall color, then went down to the Green Bay area and fished Sturgeon Bay.  While there we found several lighthouses in Door County to photograph.  We completed the fishing journey by going to the Great Lakes area where he fished the famous Lake St. Clair in Michigan and returned via Kentucky Lake.  A road trip it was . . . 4600 miles covered by the time we returned home!!  By the way, Lyndi Lu was an awesome, well behaved traveler.  When you take a look at the photographs you will see a wide variety of images.  Check them out here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/9194742@N06/sets/72157636502589894/


August 13, 2013

Out West Texas Way

Filed under: Texas Destinations — Carolyn Whiteside @ 9:28 pm

As many of you know, I love to watch and observe all kinds of animals. So, an invitation to photograph an authentic West Texas cattle roundup was quickly accepted. Bobby and I took a leisurely drive through the Texas Hill Country on our way to the Texas Panhandle. Along the way we were fortunate to see the highways filled with assorted wildflowers. As we got further west, we stopped several times to photograph horses, abandoned homes, several county courthouses and took a drive through Palo Duro Canyon State Park just outside of Amarillo. At the ranch near Clarendon, the cowboys rounded up all the cattle to be able to work the calves with the needed vaccinations, branding, etc. Every minute was exciting and also a challenge to obtain images that represented the actions and appearance of the working cowboy and their horses. Some of these photos are present in the galleries: Just Texas; Domestic Animals: and Flowers. It was an awesome adventure!! To see some of the photos, click here to visit my set on Flickr.


April 17, 2012

Big Bend National Park & West Texas Trip

Filed under: Texas Destinations — Carolyn Whiteside @ 12:11 pm

Well, for over forty years we have been saying we need to go to Big Bend National Park. So, this was the year!! It was interesting and quite different from the places we usually visit. Basically, it is comprised of three different areas: the Chihuahuan Desert, the Chisos Mountains, and the Rio Grande River. The park is located where Mexico and the USA join and where the northern and southern flora and fauna of North America come together.

Click here to view the new photo album.