Photographer Timothy C. Mayo captured this ombre pattern of deep greens, fiery oranges and soft golds in Grand Teton National Park. (Timothy C. Mayo)

Crisp temperatures, frosty nights and ample sunshine have combined to create glorious fall conditions in Wyoming in recent weeks. It’s arguably the prettiest time of the year, and leaf peepers, hunters, photographers and hikers across the state have been getting outside to enjoy it while it lasts. 

One such photographer is Timothy C. Mayo, who captured this splendiferous eruption of color in Grand Teton National Park on a recent sunny day. The contrast of vivid foliage against the stark white of the aspen trunks, he said, drew his eye. Mayo added that fall is prime time for taking pictures. 

“The colors, the wildlife at its best, fresh snow provides a wonderful backdrop and the air is crisp, making for definite clear images,” Mayo said. 

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Unfortunately, the window for taking in the show of fall colors is ephemeral. As this week’s widespread snowstorm reminded us, winter is on our doorstep. The first major winter storm of the year visited Wyoming Wednesday, delivering snow, wind and cold temperatures throughout the state. The massive storm system, which also affected Washington, Montana, Colorado and the Dakotas, was large enough to warrant a name. The Weather Channel dubbed it Winter Storm Aubrey.

Katie Klingsporn reports on outdoor recreation, public lands, education and general news for WyoFile. She’s been a journalist and editor covering the American West for 20 years. Her freelance work has...

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