Friday, July 20th - Gage Gardens, Ritchie Building, Gage Hotel
At 2 pm, a butterfly walk was held. Of all things, there are photos of butterflies from the butterfly walk, but no photos of the people taking the butterfly walk! Rest assured that there were people, butterflies, the Gage Gardens, and the 'meadow' back behind the gardens. Butterfly list for the full event - not just the Gardens / butterfly walk - can be found here. If anyone who attended has photos of people on the walk, please let us know!
At 4 pm, a photography workshop was held in the Gage main building, featuring Kathy Adams Clark - if anyone who attended would like to send in a few photos (of the workshop!) please drop us a line!
From noon until 5 pm at the Ritchie Building a gathering of intrepid vendors set up shop and talked to Swiss tourists and played Apples to Apples and Scrabble...
Museum of the Big Bend
Big Bend National Park
Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (above and below)
Below: celebrity spotting time again...
Texas Ornithological Society booth with President, Steve Gross (with Patt!)
And a lovely corner of some of the most iconic bird art that Texas has to offer: Gerald Sneed / Sneed Nature Art, of McAllen, TX. This is the first time that the West Texas mugs were offered!
Affectionately known as the Matt & Heidi corner - some prints from our blog were available; plenty still are!
Last, but certainly not least: Swarovski Optik. Right up front with the best view... and a delightful fellow is hiding in the corner, posting updates on the official unveiling of the scope just behind him! It's surreal to tip-toe around the grand announcement of a new scope - definitely an honor for the festival!
After things wrapped up for the day, dinner was pushed back to 7 pm in light of local events. Dinner itself was fairly quiet. It started with a bit of reflection / moment of silence.
After the dinner, vehicle assignments were made and an early bedtime was scheduled for the morning's 6:30 am departure for the Maravillas Ranch trip.