Thursday, August 29, 2013

Skywatch Friday - Season 7, Episode 9

I am posting a little early for SkyWatch Friday.  We are taking a vacation and are on a month long road trip touring several National Parks in the U. S.  Two days ago we took these photos of Old Faithful, located in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.  


According to Wikipedia, Old Faithful was named in 1870 during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to be named.   You can read more here.  


This is the most famous geyser in the world and is probably the most popular as it erupts with great regularity, every 60 minutes and up to two hours.  Old Faithful is not the tallest in the park but is the most popular because of its highest frequency. It can shoot anywhere from 3,700 to 8,400 gallons of boiling water.  The average height of an eruptions has been recorded at 145 feet, while the highest recorded eruption was 185 feet.  Intervals between eruptions averaged 66 minutes in 1939.  Today that average has increased to 90 minutes, due to a 7.3 earthquake in 1959.  


Since Old Faithful was discovered, nearly 140,000 eruptions have been officially recorded.  During an eruption, the water temperature at the vent has been measured at 204 degrees F. (95.6 degrees C).  The steam temperature has been measured above 350 degrees F.


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24 comments:

Bill Nicholls said...

Yes and you should remember it's called a holiday not a vaction, do have an enjoyable one and I shal visit again to see where you have been.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, wonderful shots of Old Faithful. It is cool to see the geysers erupting. Great photos. have a happy day!

Elephant's Child said...

Wow. I hear on our news that Yellowstone is burning. I do hope that they are able to extinguish the fires quickly, and that the damage is kept to a minimum.

KaHolly said...

A trip to that very spot is on my bucket list!! Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos, as I'll probably never get there!! Enjoy the remainder of your trip.

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Simply brilliant images Denise and 'up to the minute', I've only ever seen Yellowstone on TV documentaries, so this is such a treat!
PS: Fires?? I do hope all is OK, I've not heard much over here. :(

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great pics, lots of memories over the years there.

gigihawaii said...

Awesome!

jabblog said...

Wonderful!

Indrani said...

These are amazing sights!
Thanks for showing.

MJ said...

That is one hot geyser. Whew, wouldn't want to be near that when it blows its top. Great photos!! Pretty nifty for sure.

TexWisGirl said...

it's been years since i was there. really neat, though.

Out on the prairie said...

Very nice pictures. I used to watch a camera they had on this geyser.

schmidleysscribblins.wordpress.com said...

I have a heck of a time getting on your webpage. You are far too popular I think.

Meant to share with you that I think the chipmunk you photographed had a longer and bushier tail than our little Eastern guys.

Good Old Faithful. Glad to see it is still on the job. Dianne

George said...

These are great pictures of Old Faithful (and the sky!). We were able to see a couple of eruptions of Old Faithful while we visited Yellowstone.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Perfect..for a vacation shot and for SWF. Have fun.

Linda said...

How beautiful, Denise!!! Brilliant captures!

grammie g said...

Hi Denise... Thanks for sharing these amazing spot, one I will never see, unless I find a Sugar Daddy real soon : )))!!

Grace

Rajesh said...

Amazing shots. This place is definitely worth the visit.

lina@womens perspectives said...

Amazing place and shots, Denise. Enjoy your trip :)

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Received your response Denise - re the fires. THANK YOU.
Have a wonderful weekend and knock my socks off with your next selection of photos!
x

Mary said...

Great shots! Absolutely amazing!

Laura said...

absolutely beautiful series Denise... have a wonderful vacation!

diane b said...

Ah another trip down memory lane with you. You were on the balcony of the lodge. It is a marvellous spectacular occurrence.

Kay said...

You really got fantastic photos of Old Faithful. We must have stayed there for a couple of hours or MORE waiting for just one more eruption.