Texas Hill Country Photography

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.

All sizes   Turkey on the way to roost.   Flickr   Photo Sharing

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.

August 15, 2011

Vacation in the Smoky Mountains

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Carolyn Whiteside @ 11:36 am

Summertime in Texas is usually too hot and too dry and this year it was worse than ever; literally, because the temperatures set all kinds of records. We took a short respite and went with our daughter and her family to the Smoky Mountains. It was so pleasant to see the many flowing streams, waterfalls and lush green vegetation. As we toured the Great Smoky Mountains National Park we took many photos in the popular Cade’s Cove and Roaring Forks area and traveled to Clingman’s Dome to capture some of the iconic mountain scenes with the numerous layers. We saw several different animals but the bears simply didn’t cooperate and show themselves while we were there. Even so, it was a perfect vacation from summer in Texas. Some of the photos are in the Misc. Landscape gallery. For more images, visit this link.

March 31, 2011

African Photo Safari Trip

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

There is probably nothing to compare with our latest trip! We went on a photo safari to Kenya and Tanzania for 16 days and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the time. I’m still sifting through the thousands of images and reliving the moment I took them. My daughter designed a website to showcase the many images that I have to share with you. To see them please go to www.safaricarolyn.com


January 6, 2011

Galleries & Show Schedule Updated

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Carolyn Whiteside @ 1:50 pm

Today I updated most of my galleries here on the site. Frequent visitors be sure to check and see what’s new. Also, I’ve posted my current 2011 Art Show schedule.

I’ve got exciting things on my horizon and I’ll be letting the cat out of the bag soon, so check back soon for the news I am very excited about!

May 6, 2010

2010 – A Texas Wildflower and Bluebonnet Bonanza Year

Filed under: Texas Destinations — Carolyn Whiteside @ 10:45 am

The wildflowers this Spring were so beautiful and abundant that I took several trips around Central Texas to capture some of the glory that was to be seen.  The best internet sites to locate areas with lots of wildflowers are:   Wildflower Haven and Lonestar – Wildflower sightings.  They list specific roads and spots to be sure to see.

Some trips I made alone and some with my friend, Carol Serur, and my daughter, Andrea Garza.  We made long drives totaling approximately 2500 miles to these areas:  Southeast of San Antonio, Cuero and Gonzales, LaGrange, Inks Lake, Willow City, Llano, and, Mason.  In many areas the bluebonnets seemed to never end and went on for miles filling the air with their sweet fragrance. With numerous varieties of wildflowers all blooming at the same time it was absolutely incredible to see.  Some of the best scenes I photographed will be in the Hill Country Gallery; close up shots of flowers will be in the Flowers Gallery; the Domestic Animals, Days Gone By and Just Texas Galleries will have new images as well.  As always, if you don’t see the “one” for you just contact me because I have many more available in my files.