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Fading Light: elk Fading Light—elk
Colored Pencil on Canson
11" x 14"

As the afternoon light fades in Yellowstone, it catches the autumn grasses in a blaze of color and illuminates a cow elk standing beside a tumbling stream.

In some ways, this picture shows the past and present of Yellowstone. Downed trees remind us of the engulfing fires that raged through the Park but new trees rise to grow from the ashes. Elk once overgrazed their habitat but the land is now recovering because of the reintroduction of a keystone predator, the wolf.

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All images, graphics and content © Julie Fulkerson, 2008. All rights reserved.