The landscape at the refuge changes drastically in the summer. The open fields almost look like they are on fire with orange and yellow grass that has been dried and sucked free of moisture underneath the unrelenting sun.
The dim early morning light is perfect for taking picturesque landscape shots and silhouettes of doves on their perches.
There are a few patches of green left, and enough water to keep the summer stragglers happy.
This was only our second time seeing Blue-winged Teals!
During our drive through the auto tour, we saw more doves than ever...
Their soft calls match their delicate beauty perfectly...
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