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.


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 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!