For those who have been keenly awaiting my next post and have been checking off and on - thanks for your immense patience and your considerate and wonderful comments. I shall endeavor not to repeat such long inexplicable gaps in my blogging in future.
To continue my wanderings in the US, after Lewis Falls we continued on our way to Yellowstone which we reached by evening. We drove straight to the most famous geyser in Yellowstone - The Old Faithful . I had never been to a hot water spring before and hence this was of special significance. The temperature at Old Faithful was near or below freezing - hovering around 25-30 degree Fahrenheit. ( 32 degree F is the freezing temperature of water !) I have never experienced sub zero temperature before, hence this was another first for me. We had brought with us necessary protective clothing like woolen overcoats,woolen socks,thermal underwear,woolen/leather gloves,ear muffs,scarves,balaclavas etc. In spite of being so well equipped my hands were becoming numb & frozen and I had difficulty in handling the camera. The views at Old Faithful were scintillating, extraordinary,incredible,amazing & awesome.
About Old Faithful: Old Faithful is a cone geyser located in Wyoming in Yellowstone National Park. 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. Eruptions can shoot 3,700 to 8,400 US gallons (14,000 to 32,000 L) of boiling water to a height of 106 to 185 feet (32 to 56 m) lasting from 1.5 to 5 minutes. The average height of an eruption is 145 feet (44 m). The highest recorded eruption was 185 feet (56 m). Intervals between eruptions can range from 45 to 125 minutes, averaging 66.5 minutes in 1939, slowly increasing to an average of 90 minutes apart today.
There was a nice gathering of visitors around 100 or so waiting for the next eruption. Then the eruption happened - slowly to begin with and in a matter of seconds the intensity picked up and the geyser gushed up into the air with great pressure and turbulence. This is one of the most spectacular sights I have ever witnessed. I am presently below a series of pics clicked there.
|We enter Old Faithful Geyser Area|
|Old Faithful dormant before the next eruption begins - above & below|
|Eruption about to begin - Old Faithful erupts every 91 minutes|
|Eruption picks up steam|
|The pressure starts building up|
|Eruption gains momentum - above & below|
|Eruption at its peak at high pressure - above & below|
|Eruption starts diminishing|
|Daughter and wife posing in front of Old Faithful Inn - Below is you tube of the Old Faithful in action: Can you spot a rainbow in the eruption?|