Tuesday 16th of August 2011 07:46 AM
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
Do you remember those little flip books when you were a kid? You put your thumb along the right side and ruffle the pages of the book, making it look like you're watching a movie.
I could make my own flip book with the photos I took of Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone. Then I wouldn't need to pay $4.50 from the Yellowstone gift shop. Actually, I didn't buy a flip book, though I did rifle through one when we were standing in line.
But I did take several of my 568 photos before, during and after Old Faithful's eruption.
(We have a family joke about overzealous photography. When I merrily click away, my family will remind me of my priceless set of photos of the Rose Parade in Pasadena. They were taken on a family vacation when I was a fifth grader. There are dozens of photos of the brilliantly-colored, flower-filled floats ... all in black and white. In my parents' defense, it was much cheaper to develop black and white film back in the day.)
While my Old Faithful photos aren't in black and white, they aren't the best. The sky was filled with fluffy white clouds, so the plume blended into the background. And as the geyser erupted, there were dark clouds racing up behind us, casting a shadow. But we weren't going to wait another 90 minutes for the next eruption, so it just had to be good enough. (And Randy is again thankful for the advent of digital photography. He couldn't afford me otherwise.)
I'm guessing the guy to Randy's left got better photos than I did. He had three cameras with him, including the long lens. I'm sure there were hundreds of photos taken of that particular eruption, since most of the people in the semi-circle around Old Faithful had cameras with them.
It is one of those stops in Yellowstone that you have to make, since Old Faithful is easily the most famous of the attractions. But it wasn't my favorite by a long shot.
These were contenders: