The Blog of Carol VanDyke Photography
Blue Ridge Parkway, Linn Cove Viaduct, NC


So excited that my daughter, who lives in Alaska, was able to join Larry, Mark, me and Xeva for a roadtrip in Western North Carolina.  Driving the Blue Ridge Parkway is an adventure in itself, but there are so many great things to see and do along the way.  Near Asheville, we left the BRP […]

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Lavender Farm Catlett VA

Loving Lavender…

Something about lavender is so appealing and seems to draw me into the magic of purple blooms.  Looking for farms in the District/Maryland/Virginia area, I came across two relatively close locations.  First, I visited Seven Oaks, a small family-owned and operated farm at 8769 Old Dumfries Road in Catlett, VA.  With a seasonal bloom, the […]

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Folly Beach South Carolina

Exploring Folly Beach, South Carolina

Folly Beach, known to locals as “the edge of America,” seems to have its own sense of time and place–wide beaches, surfing, eclectic community of shops and restaurants, and a way of life not found anywhere else but Folly!  From Morris Island Lighthouse to the washout to the mudflats, you can experience sunrises, sunsets and […]

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Charleston South Carolina Pineapple Fountain

Exploring Charleston, South Carolina

I so look forward to visiting Charleston in the spring.  The oldest and second largest city in the state of South Carolina, Charleston is a port city featuring cobblestone streets, antebellum architecture, fragrant blooming flowers, historical buildings, parks and monuments.  There are so many unique shops and alleys with colorful painted doors.  I always leave […]

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Gibbs Garden, Georgia

Exploring North Georgia

In the mountains of North Georgia near Atlanta, an incredible destination garden awaits — Gibbs Garden in Ball Ground.  Arriving at what should have been peak daffodil season in mid-March, we found the flowers had peaked in late February-early March.  Although late for the yellow daffodil bloom, we enjoyed the serenity of the trails through […]

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Reedy River Waterfalls, Greenville, SC

Spring Travels – Greenville SC

Every season is probably a good one if you’re heading to Greenville, South Carolina.  For us (my son and I), our trip started at the beginning of what usually is prime-time spring.  It seems the crazy weather we had this year meant flowers and trees that usually bloom at the start of our trip had […]

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Jefferson Memorial, Washington DC, night


A few weeks into a brand new year and I’m wondering how you’re doing on your “resolutions.”  Like most, I hope to shed a few pounds, exercise a bit more, and go wherever I can afford to go!  There’s been a little progress, a little frustration, a bit more hunger and sore feet, but every […]

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