Sunday, August 15, 2010

Old Faithful

As one of our guides pointed out, out of all Yellowstone's geysers Old Faithful isn't the oldest, isn't the biggest and isn't even the most faithful. But it does have charisma. This was our first viewing of it erupting, about 1 p.m. on August 8.

We were far from the only ones watching that eruption, either.

The early morning mist on August 10 gave the scene an eerie quality.

The architecture inside the Old Faithful Inn is impressive in its own right.

The view from Observation Point around 1 p.m. on August 10. If you only have time to see one eruption I wouldn't recommend making the trek. But if you've got the opportunity to see a few this is worth including in the mix.

A raven succumbing to a dare from one of his feathered friends. I'm not sure exactly how they taste boiled.

Around 5:40 p.m., also on August 10. Old Faithful erupts roughly every 90 minutes, give or take 10 minutes on either side.

The setting sun around 7:10 p.m. on August 10 provided for a dramatic shot.

Danelle got this view at the same time.

Around 6 a.m. on August 11. The sunrise didn't yield the color I was hoping for, but still offered a different experience.

Our final viewing, about 9:40 a.m. on August 11. The geyser was a little tardy for this one...

...but when you combine water droplets and sunlight you sometimes get something cool, like this little rainbow.

Taryn won the unofficial competition for Old Faithful eruption viewing with 11. She tracked her standing ferociously throughout our stay. I didn't dare try to beat her.

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