In 1872, Yellowstone became a National Park, in large part because of the amazing thermal features it contains. At that time, little was known about the behavior of geysers and hot springs and today more is known, but much more is still unknown. The information is scattered and everyone who visits has piece of that information. This is a place to learn, to share and gather together the scattered bits.


Steamboat Geyser Erupts

Steamboat Geyser, the tallest geyser in the world, at Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone erupted last night sometime between 10:30 and 11:00 PM.. While the 15-20 minute water phase that begins the eruption and can reach 300-400 feet high is long over, the powerful...

Abyss Pool – one not to miss this summer

Abyss Pool at West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone is about as pretty as I’ve seen it in many years. The whole thing is a luscious emerald green, and a bit brighter than it was a few weeks ago. And…a few blue spots can be seen on the edge of Abyss...

Observations of a King Geyser eruption

After our driving-off-to-watch-an-eruption, I decided to head back to West Thumb Geyser Basin to wait out an eruption of King Geyser. It’s always helpful to spend some time with a geyser to get to know it better. When you’re on vacation, it can be...

King Geyser and other Geyser News

King Geyser at West Thumb Geyser Basin is active, and apparently has been erupting since at least sometime in June. King Geyser is located behind Abyss Pool and downhill a bit toward the lake. It’s been just a quiet hot spring for about four years now, and prior...

Geyser Update and Fine Art Friday

Bobby Socks in Snow – Click here to see the full image Happy Friday! Time for another Digital Photo Watercolor. This time, the artwork has been created from an image taken back in 2008 when winter held on through June. The day dawned in a mood that threatened...

Fine Art Friday – Black Pool 1

Click to Take a Closer Look : BLACK POOL 1   I’m so excited to announce a new line of fine art coming now to my corner of Fine Art America. For years, I’ve seen some of my images working better as artwork than photos – and some I knew would be...

Starting Fine Art Fridays

Beginning this week, I am aiming to add in a Fine Art Friday – at least one fine art print somehow related to the thermal features in Yellowstone. This week it’s one of my favorites of a splash from the ‘back’ side of Grotto Geyser.  Click here...

GeyserWatch now on Instagram

This week I’ve spent time learning about and diving more deeply into Instagram. To that end, I’ve set up a focused account just for @GeyserWatch. While there are only a few posts right now, more will be coming. Just small summaries of specific thermal...

New boardwalk path at West Thumb

  When visiting West Thumb in May, part of the boardwalk along the south side of the area had been moved, and raised. I can’t say it was unexpected. In part, the area where the boardwalk used to go has a section that heated up slowly over the past 3 to 5...

Oh, Plume, how we miss you!

1 year 122 days and counting. Last seen on 26 January 2013. How easily we get used to amazing wonders when we see them all the time. Plume is one of those geysers we now miss. It’s still quiet. Well, it sizzles, and we can see water in the vents, but basically,...

New Webcam at Old Faithful

Love this new webcam! Great improvement over the older one. Thank you YNP, Canon and the Yellowstone Park Foundation for the improved Eyes on Yellowstone! Thanks so much to Eric Zimmerman for capturing this gorgeous sunset eruption. And here at Geyser Watch, you might...

Lakeshore Geyser 20 May 2014

  On Tuesday, Mike and I decided to head into Yellowstone to see what’s up (and down) at West Thumb Geyser Basin. Lots to report (and more to come), but the most interesting change was at Lakeshore Geyser where the larger pool was acting almost as a...

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