Texas Hill Country Photography

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.


October 12, 2009

Shorelines Exhibit

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Carolyn Whiteside @ 11:57 am


Out of nearly 200 artists from all across the country and beyond, my image “Breaking Away” has been selected for exhibition in Shorelines, an international exhibition for excellence in coastal art.

The exhibition will run October 14 – November 21, 2009.  Award winners will be chosen by Franklin Sirmans, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection in Houston.

The opening reception will be held Saturday, October 17th, from 5-7 pm at Rockport Center for the Arts.


September 23, 2009

Hill Country Alliance Calendar

Filed under: Miscellaneous,Texas Destinations — Carolyn Whiteside @ 2:08 pm

The Hill Country Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise public awareness and build community support around the need to preserve the natural resources and heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country.  A photo contest is held each year to select images that represent the best of the Hill Country in these four areas:  Hill Country People; Natural Treasures; Hill Country Enterprise; and Working the Land.  A calendar is produced and sold as a fund raiser for the organization.  The collection of photographs featured in the 2010 calendar were chosen from over 400 entries.

I was overjoyed to learn that my photograph of grapes entitled “Pick Me” was selected as the winner in the Hill Country Enterprise category and is the featured photo for the month of August.  The calendar can be purchased at their website:


Hill Country Alliance Calendar

September 22, 2009

Best in Media – 40th Annual Rockport Art Festival

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Carolyn Whiteside @ 1:58 pm

The 40th Annual Rockport Art Festival sponsored by the Rockport Center for the Arts was held July 4-5, 2009.  Artists from over the country apply to display their art in the categories of painting, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture, glass, wood/fiber, mixed media and photo/print.  The applicants work is juried for acceptance into the show.  This year, I was chosen as “Best In Media” for the category of photo/print making.  This honor comes with a cash award and being automatically accepted into the show next year.

Best in Media Rockport Art Festival

“We are happy to announce that our judges have selected you as a Best Of Media winner for the 2009 Rockport Art Festival.  . . .  All three judges felt your work was exceptional and Rockport Center for the Arts joins them in commending you on your rewarding efforts.  . . . .  It is quality artists like you that help make Art Fest a success year after year.”

September 21, 2009

San Marcos Naturescapes Exhibition

Filed under: Miscellaneous — Carolyn Whiteside @ 1:49 pm

The 5th Annual Naturescapes Exhibition will be hanging at the San Marcos Activity Center September 4-October 30, 2009.  The photos were taken in natural areas throughout Hays County, Texas.  My images that were selected are of a green heron and a great blue heron which were taken at Aquarena Wetlands Boardwalk in San Marcos.


November 6, 2008

Travel, Contests, and Photo Updates

Filed under: Miscellaneous,Texas Destinations — Carolyn Whiteside @ 2:10 pm

ElkSince the last post we have been several places where there have been some wonderful opportunities to do photography. In the fall of 2007, we went to Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The aspens were past peak season and the elk rut was coming to an end but the scenery and the animals were still thrilling to see. Huge herds of elk were still in the valleys and photo ops were abundant. Near the end of the stay it snowed about 8-10 inches giving everything a new look. Probably one of the most fun photo opportunities was watching the coyotes hunt for voles under the snow, jump up and pounce on them. Almost every time they came up with a tasty snack.

belizeIn August, 2008, we rented a houseboat on Amistad Lake for several days. Our son and daughter along with their spouses and our four grandsons had great fun exploring caves, water skiing, tubing, and swimming. Most of our time was spent on the Devil’s River arm of the lake where there are awesome cliffs, crystal clear water, and many beautiful scenes. The evening skies brought fantastic sunsets to enjoy.

Upon return from Amistad we flew to Belize, Central America. We stayed on the island of Caye Caulker where we enjoyed the laid back atmosphere. However, we stayed on the move going fishing, snorkeling, and strolling the island. I opted not to take my new Canon 40D and all the gear and instead took only my point and shoot Canon A650 IS. It worked out perfectly and I got some decent photos without drawing attention to myself.

awardI have to share my exciting news from a contest that I entered at the Rockport Center for the Arts last year. The theme of the contest was Architecture and the three categories of art were 3-D, painting, and photography. My entry was one that I took as a result of watching a great blue heron through my 400mm lens. What looked like a terrible shot turned into my 1st place winning entry when I put the camera down and saw the house reflection on the pond.

August 31, 2006


Filed under: Miscellaneous — Carolyn Whiteside @ 7:49 pm

We had a fun filled trip to Southeast Alaska where we took refuge from the Texas heat. We toured Tracy Arm to see the glacier; went whale watching; went to Anan Bear Observatory; fished; and, traveled from Juneau to Sitka, Wrangell, and Ketchikan by the Alaskan Marine Highway ferry system. Check out some of the photos which are posted on the Flickr website. Click this link to go to the site where my screen name is Tipper.
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