September 29, 2012
OK - so this is a Yellowstone cliché - but how could one not photograph Old Faithful while visiting Yellowstone? Obviously I couldn't resist. I took hundreds of photos before, during and after the full eruption of this famous geyser. The day we were there to observe, the sky was dark and threatening rain, the wind was high and may have somewhat limited the height of the water at it's apex, and it certainly spread the water wider than I think it would on a windless day. It's a must see when in Yellowstone, and I must admit that I had a child-like joy while watching the eruption. It was great!
According to Wikipedia: "Old Faithful is a cone geyser located in Wyoming, in Yellowstone National Park in the United States. Old Faithful was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to receive a name. It is also called the most predictable geographical feature on Earth erupting almost every 91 minutes."
Also, according to Wikipedia: On the afternoon of September 18, 1870, the members of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition traveled down the Firehole River from the Kepler Cascades and entered the Upper Geyser Basin. The first geyser they saw was Old Faithful. In his 1871 Scribner's account of the expedition, Nathaniel P. Langford wrote:
“ Judge, then, what must have been our astonishment, as we entered the basin at mid-afternoon of our second day's travel, to see in the clear sunlight, at no great distance, an immense volume of clear, sparkling water projected into the air to the height of one hundred and twenty-five feet. "Geysers! geysers!" exclaimed one of our company, and, spurring our jaded horses, we soon gathered around this wonderful phenomenon. It was indeed a perfect geyser. The aperture through which the jet was projected was an irregular oval, three feet by seven in diameter. The margin of sinter was curiously piled up, and the exterior crust was filled with little hollows full of water, in which were small globules of sediment, some having gathered around bits of wood and other nuclei. This geyser is elevated thirty feet above the level of the surrounding plain, and the crater rises five or six feet above the mound. It spouted at regular intervals nine times during our stay, the columns of boiling water being thrown from ninety to one hundred and twenty-five feet at each discharge, which lasted from fifteen to twenty minutes. We gave it the name of "Old Faithful."
As mentioned, I took a lot of photos of Old Faithful. I created a collage of some of them, which you can see by clicking here:
Have an awesome day today my friends!