While the image on the left might appear to be a vintage photograph of Old Faithful erupting sometime in the distant past, it’s not. It’s actually an eruption that took place yesterday.
A remotely operated, live streaming webcam allows internet visitors to view real time images from the upper geyser basin. The controls are not available to the viewing public so you are limited to whatever view the camera operator has chosen. Fortunately, when I was watching yesterday, the camera was panned to Old Faithful as people began arriving to see the eruption.
The image is actually cropped from a photograph I took of my computer screen during the eruption. I tried to do a screen capture before the eruption actually occurred, but when I pasted the result into my photo editor, the video image block was black. So I grabbed my camera and snapped a few pictures while Old Faithful was erupting. Then, in my photo editor, I optimized the best image to get rid of the video look and, then, put the result through a filter to give it an aged look.
There are actually several Yellowstone National Park webcams. They provide images from Old Faithful, Mammoth Hot Springs, and the fire lookout on Mount Washburn.
I’ll be publishing my new Yellowstone National Park images and resources page on Haw Creek soon.