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Nature Fest; Easy as a walk in the park

Bats, shutter bugs share spotlights
Reporter/Mike Brown

‘ Nature’ came to Fair Park Saturday as Rockdale hosted the annual Milam County Nature Fest for the first time.

The third annual event was presented by the El Camino Real chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, the Texas Agrilife Extension Service and Texas Parks & Wildlife.

Hundreds of persons, young and not quite so young, enjoyed dozens of activities on a perfect spring day.

The event’s annual photo contest drew 112 entries, all of which were on display in the HD Clubhouse.

Winners were listed as follows:

AGES 12 AND UNDER

Best of show—Natalie Jones, Gause, no title.

Funny nature—1. Lee Garrette Frank, Hearne, “Donkey’s Smile”; 2. Ryland Kirk, Gause, “The Dog Tree”; 3. Cade Gordon, Milano, “Blue-Eyed Pig.”

Landscape/scenery—1. Cade Gordon, Milano “ White Out”; 2. Jayce Todd, Gause, “Tiny Waterfalls”; 3. Robert Miller, Gause, “Buenos Tardes, Primavera.”


Clockwise from top left (L-R) Mila Trevino, Vivian Simpson and Bessie Simpson delighted to learn how bees pollinate blossoms, Bob Burnett (green shirt) and Jay Pritchard assist youngsters with ‘archeological dig,’ obstacle course under shady oaks at Fair Park, ‘batman’ John Byrd’s presentation drew large crowd of bat watchers to New Salem HD Clubhouse. Clockwise from top left (L-R) Mila Trevino, Vivian Simpson and Bessie Simpson delighted to learn how bees pollinate blossoms, Bob Burnett (green shirt) and Jay Pritchard assist youngsters with ‘archeological dig,’ obstacle course under shady oaks at Fair Park, ‘batman’ John Byrd’s presentation drew large crowd of bat watchers to New Salem HD Clubhouse. People in nature—1. Kevin Junek, Cameron, “Day at the Beach”; 2. Cade Gordon, Milano, no title.

Plants/flora—1. Natalie Jones, Gause, no title; 2. Ryan Blakely, Gause, “Bluebonnets”; 3. McKenzie Matthews, Gause, no title.

Wildlife—1. Monica Bermudez, Hearne, “Hawk Speaking Proudly”; 2. Abby Miller, Gause “Yummy Spring Day”; 3. Kevin Junek, Cameron, “Taking a Break.”

AGES 12 -17

Best of show—Tyler Vrazel, Buckholts, “Wind Blown.”

Landscape/ scenery— 1. Jessie Schmidt, Rockdale, no title; 2. Emily Garza, Thorndale, “On the Riverbend”; 3. Jaylyn Barcak, Gause, “ Pepaw’s Sunset.”

People in nature—1. Jessica Schmidt, Rockdale, no title.

Plants/flora—1. Tyler Vrazel, Buckholts, “Wind Blown”; 2. Haley Doulder, Hearne, no title; 3. Emily Garza, Thorndale, “Bumblebee Attractor”.

Wildlife—1. Jessica Schmidt, Rockdale, no title 2. Jessica Bermudez, Hearne, “You, Staring at Me”.

AGES 18 AND OVER Best of show—Ronald Billings, College Station, “Frosty Sweetgum Leaves”.

Funny nature—1. Janos Schell, Rockdale, “Texas Ranch, Lazy Day”; 2. William Adkison, Br yan, “ Lady Bug Conven - tion”; 3. Mary Jo Bogato, Rio Hondo, “Friends.”

Landscape/scenery—1. Ronald Billings, College Station, “Early Morning on Guadalupe River”; 2. William Adkison, Bryan, “Sunset at Gap in Chisos Mountains”; 3. Brian Hundle, Cameron, “Sunrise.”

People in nature—1. Jerr y Norris, Bryan, “Simple Joy”; 2. Roscoe Gore, Waller, “ Walking in the Flowers”; 3. Mary Jo Bogatto, Rio Hondo, “Tony and the Dragon.”

Plants/flora—1. Ronald Billings, College Station, “Frosty Sweetgum Leaves”; 2. Roscoe Gore, Waller, “Morning Dew”; 3. William Adkison, Bryan, “Button Bush”.

Wildlife—1. Roscoe Gore, Waller, “What Now?”; 2. Eddie Hayden, Hutto “Gabriel River Reflections”; 3. Janos Schell, Rockdale, “Contrast.”


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