Special Report: Yellowstone

Bison, Yellowstone National Park (9/20/19) Alena Nicholas

Autumn arrived two weeks ago at Yellowstone National Park. Southern California color spotter Alena Nicholas was there to record its sparce beginnings.

Yellowstone’s fall color is limited to grasses and willows, as a cone-bearing forest (fir, pine juniper and spruce) covers 80% of the national park.

Nevertheless, in autumn, visual excitement is provided by the park’s abundant wildlife.

Rocky Mountain Elk were rutting and American Bison were grazing its plains. Alena even saw emaciated wolves in desperate search of sustenance.

At this point, the national park would be peaking, though fall color is limited to grasses, ground cover, shrubs and a few trees near the river.

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