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A smoke cloud from the Black Fire, the second largest in state history, is visible on the horizon over the refuge.

“I got saved by poetry and I got saved by the beauty of the world.” — poet Mary Oliver

When I was a kid growing up, I was baseball crazy. I felt a profound sadness when summer departed, for it meant the end of my baseball-playing season.

Now, my playing days are long over and the season that brings on that same sadness is, ironically, summer, as that’s the signal for the end of the spring bird migration and the overwintering snow geese, sandhill cranes and ducks at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

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The moon appears over a tree at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. The warm weather of summer has led to the departure of several spring-migrating bird species staying at the refuge.

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Male and female vermillion flycatchers at the refuge look upon their nest.



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A bobcat peers through the tall grass at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

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A yerba mansa plant is illuminated in the sunlight in Quail Pond at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.

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