The Blog of Carol VanDyke Photography


Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia has the best display of holiday lights, and is even more fun when shared with family: Reston Town Center also displays an outdoor decorated illuminated Christmas tree.  Even though it was foggy and rainy, I managed to get a few shots before the security police chased me away:

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marsh sunrise coastal outer banks nc


A week in the Outer Banks of North Carolina is always a good change of pace.  Several days of rain dampened the photo opportunities, but was able to capture a few.     Washington, DC also displays autumn shots along the Tidal Basin:

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Fog lake North Carolina


October is my favorite month…spent looking for brilliantly colored foliage in North Carolina, and even closer to home – Washington, DC.  I just wish the season would last longer as I only have weekends throughout the month.  It gets harder and harder to work inside a building knowing that there is so much beauty occurring […]

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Fun starts at the Renaissance Festival in Maryland where there’s some type of entertainment for everyone!! My husband works for a company that buys out Six Flags Amusement Park for one whole day!  So that means you can ride roller coasters as many times as you dare! September also showcases my favorite flower – the […]

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apple tree farm pick

Great Country Farms – Potato Dig

On August 29, my husband, son and I traveled to Bluemont, Va. where the Great Country Farms was hosting a potato dig.  Nothing tastes better than a potato fresh from the ground.  We rode the hayride wagon to the field and dug out potatoes!  Then we headed to the nectarines that were ripe for picking.  […]

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clouds reflection Price Lake Western North Carolina


Summer:  hot temps, long days and short nights!  Unfortunately, it also seems like an unending rainy season with dull, gray skies!  Even my annual visit to the Western North Carolina mountains was very windy, foggy and/or overcast.  Yet, I was lucky to capture a great sunset at Julian Price Lake, off the Blue Ridge Parkway, […]

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