Following a wet winter, Central Texas explodes in a colorful kaleidoscope of wildflowers. 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 go.
During this 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 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.
- Photography instruction
- Four nights lodging based on single occupancy*
- Round-trip transportation from Austin, Texas**
- Snacks, water, and two dinners
- Workshop instruction and critiques
- All entrance and permit fees
*Double occupancy permitted for two participants traveling together. A discount will be provided.
**Group transportation is included in the workshop fee with a maximum of 5 passengers per vehicle. Should COVID pandemic concerns continue to warrant self-driving, your workshop fee will be adjusted accordingly.
Day 1 – Friday, April 9, 2021
- Meet at the LaQuinta Inn 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 10, 2021
- 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 at a ranch near Cuero.
- Dinner in Gonzales.
- Return to the hotel.
Day 3 – Sunday, April 11, 2021
- 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 12, 2021
- 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 the 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 more wildflowers in the surrounding area.
- Return to Fredericksburg.
Day 5 – Tuesday, April 13, 2021
- This will be our last morning to photograph wildflower fields from sunrise until mid-morning.
- We will return to the 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 in this workshop. 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:
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Austin Airport
7625 E Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78741
The workshop will depart from the La Quinta Inn and Suites Austin Airport on Friday, April 9th at 12:00pm. For pre-workshop lodging, please contact the hotel directly and reserve your room under our courtesy block. Reservations should be made no later than March 9, 2021. This lodging is not included in your workshop fee. The hotel offers free airport shuttle service.
Lodging during the workshop:
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham
1631 Water Street
Gonzales TX 78629
The first two nights of the workshop will be based in Gonzales, TX. This lodging is included in your workshop fee based on single occupancy. Double occupancy permitted for two participants traveling together. A discount will be provided.
The remaining two nights will be based in Fredericksburg. This lodging is also included in your workshop fee based on single occupancy. Double occupancy permitted for two participants traveling together. A discount will be provided.
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS RECOMMENDED
- 91 days or more prior to the start of the workshop your deposit will be refunded less $100
- 90 days full payment is due
- 61-90 days your workshop fees will be refunded in the form of an AHPS Store Credit Voucher less $100 administrative fee. Voucher is good for 18 months.
- * 60 days or less until departure – No refund.
* If we are able to fill your seat and the workshop runs at full enrollment we will refund your workshop fees less $100 administrative fee.
NOTE: Workshop bookings including, but not limited to, outfitters, permit agencies, lodging and more are requiring firm financial commitments at 90 days. Therefore, in order to continue to bring you to great destinations, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined above. We recognize cancellations can sometimes be unavoidable that is why securing a Travel Protection Plan is highly encouraged.
Arizona Highways PhotoScapes reserves the right to cancel or change any workshop if our minimum enrollment is not met or if situations beyond our control arise that may create unsafe or undesirable travel conditions. Any cancelation or postponement as a result of situations beyond our control, AHPS does not promise any refunds or credits. If and when feasible, we will attempt to reschedule the workshop at a later date. Alternatively, we may decide to issue you credit for a future workshop, or issue a refund, less any non-refundable deposits we have paid to workshop providers on your behalf.
Please note that AHPS is not liable for any additional participant expenses incurred such as airfare, hotel accommodations, or any other components booked outside of the workshop.