Gold is the dominant color of Yellowstone’s autumn vegetation. These sedgesin the wide marsh at the mouth of Pelican Creek grow lush and tall early in the summer. As creek and lake levels drop, the ground, which had been flooded and recharged with nutrients, dries and supports the dense stands of vegetation. Curing to the rich golds of autumn, these sedges become a dense reservoir of food for the winter bison herds that congregate hereto the eastand southeast. Pelican Creek empties into the broad blue jewel of Yellowstone Lake, just a mile or so east of the lake’s outlet at Fishing Bridge.