Great rains this past fall and winter should create a great wildflower season in Central Texas. Photographer Laurence Parent, who resided in Central Texas for more than 30 years, knows the area well. With dozens of Texas published books to his name and as a regular contributor for Texas Highways, Texas Monthly, and Texas Parks & Wildlife magazines, Laurence knows the best places to find them all.
During this four night, five-day workshop we will concentrate on two central areas of the state. One will be the area surrounding Cuero and Gonzales to the southeast of Austin known for its multi-colored variety of flowers—bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, phlox, and multiple species of yellow composites and the other will center around Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country. The most common flowers there are bluebonnets and white prickly poppies, with lesser amount of paintbrush and yellow composites.
To add a bit of variety to the workshop Laurence will guide the group for an evening at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, a huge bare granite dome littered with boulders and a mid-day shoot at Palmetto State Park, a miniature swamp offering a bit of the tropics.
Don’t miss your chance to photograph blossoming fields of wildflowers and intriguing landscapes of Central Texas with one of the best.
- Four nights lodging based on double occupancy
- Round-trip transportation from Austin, Texas
- Snacks, water and two dinners
- Workshop instruction and critiques
- All entrance and permit fees
Day 1 – Friday, April 12th
- Meet at the Holiday Inn Express Austin Airport by noon to depart for Gonzales.
- Along the way we will stop for lunch
- Mid-afternoon we will check into the hotel in Gonzales and drop off our luggage.
- After a short break we will head out to photograph wildflowers on the back roads until sunset.
- Return to hotel
Day 2 – Saturday, April 13th
- We will begin our second day photographing wildflowers from sunrise into mid-morning starting at the Cheapside Church if conditions are right.
- Return to Gonzales for a short break and lunch.
- Then we will head out again to visit Palmetto State Park and photograph the tropical-looking pools and palmettos of the Ottine Swamp, plus the historic 1930s stone structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
- Our late afternoon through sunset will find us back in wildflower fields south of Gonzales.
- Dinner in Gonzales.
- Return to hotel.
Day 3 – Sunday, April 14th
- Our morning sunrise shoot will take us out on the back roads again for more wildflower photography.
- After a couple of hours we will return to the hotel, pack, and check out.
- Then we are off to Fredericksburg for the remainder of the workshop.
- Upon arrival we will check into our hotel and eat a late lunch.
- We will head out in the hill country to photograph wildflowers along back roads until sunset.
- Return to Fredericksburg for dinner
Day 4 – Monday, April 15th
- Our sunrise shoot will find us on the back roads in Llano, Mason, and Gillespie Counties.
- After a few hours in the field we will return to hotel in time for a short critique session of participants’ photos.
- Then we will take a break for lunch and enjoy some downtime until mid-afternoon.
- Late afternoon through sunset we will photograph the granite formations, views, and wildflowers at Enchanted Rock.
- Return to Fredericksburg.
Day 5 – Tuesday, April 16th
- This will be our last morning to photograph wildflower fields from sunrise until mid-morning.
- We will return to hotel by late morning, pack up, and check out by 11 a.m.
- Arrive at Austin airport by about 1230 p.m.
Strenuousness: Easy to Moderate
Some mild hiking will occur on this workshop. The longest single hike would be climbing up the main dome at Enchanted Rock approximately a 1-mile RT hike with a 400′ elevation change. Our visit to Palmetto State Park will involve flat, easy hiking of ½ to 1 mile. The remainder of our shooting locations will take place along roadsides and in fields near the van. This is generally very easy, but the ground will be uneven.
In addition to camera gear and tripods, you will need rain gear for both person and camera, insect repellent, knee pads or other pads for wildflower close-ups, and LED headlamp.
The workshop departs and returns to:
The workshop will depart from the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Austin Airport on Friday, April 12th at 12:00pm. For pre-workshop lodging, please contact the hotel directly and reserve your room under our courtesy block: reference ‘AHP’ . This lodging is not included in your workshop fee. The hotel offers free airport shuttle service.
Lodging during the workshop:
The first two nights of the workshop will be based in Gonzales, TX. This lodging is included in your workshop fee based on double occupancy. Should you wish a single room you must request a single supplement at time of registration.
The remaining two nights will be based in Fredericksburg. This lodging is also included in your workshop fee based on double occupancy. Should you wish a single room you must request a single supplement at time of registration.
- 90 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
- Between 89 and 61 days prior to the start of the workshop, AHPS will retain your full deposit.
- 60 days and fewer to the start of the workshop your entire workshop fee is retained.
Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel any workshop if our minimum student enrollment is not met. In the event AHPS cancels a workshop, participants will be given the option to reschedule to a later date or receive a full refund for the workshop components booked directly with AHPS. Please Note: we are not liable for the additional expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations or any other components booked outside of the workshop.
PAYMENT TERMS: A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space. Please refer to the specific workshop for the required deposit. Final payments are due 60 days prior to departure. Approximately 15 days prior to the due date you will receive a reminder email that your balance is coming due.