Anemone Geyser Erupting (1:12)

This is Anemone Geyser, a little double-vented geyser very near to Old Faithful in Yellowstone Nat'l Park. It's long been a favorite of mine, and should appeal to anyone whose attention span is as short as mine is. It's never more than a few minutes between eruptions, and the eruptions don't go very long.


The pools are small, maybe 5-10 feet across, and the eruptions shoot about that high. It's a good little warm-up act for the bigger geysers and something fun to space out and stare at after you've spent all day walking around.


Anemone's behavior changes over time. I've seen it when one pool would fill up, go splashy-splashy-splash, then drain, then the outher pool would do the same, and it just ping-ponged back and forth like that. This eruption has the far vent full and going off the whole time while the near vent starts empty, fills up, does some pretty energetic splashing, and drains again.


If you've never seen a geyser, I highly recommend going to Yellowstone or whatever other field might be handy (sadly, there aren't very many of them) and checking some out. They're so bizarre and pretty and rare. Stinky, sure - so be glad Flickr hasn't included smelleo yet. But you get used to the sulphury ponk after you've been in the geyser field a couple hours or so.


I shot this in about 2002, I think. I badly need to go by Yellowstone with the hefty digicam in tow.


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  • Frank Synopsis 7y

    I like it, thanks Sam!
  • samwibatt 7y

    You're welcome.
  • king_aevil 7y

    Great capture of the reverse-toilet phase at the first—and of the "wash! wash-wash!" sound effects.
  • samwibatt 7y


    IIRC you were standing next to me when I taped this. I think you can hear Dad saying "there she goes" just when the reverse-toilet bit starts. When I did the edit for this version I cut it off just before you and I intone "Yayyyyy!"

    I had planned to make a DVD out of my videotape from this trip, and I know I started the project but I can't remember if I ever finished it! Did I send you one?
  • Travels with my camera 7y


    You are invited to add this video to:
    National Geographic Channel: Are You Good Enough?
  • samwibatt 7y

    Done. Thanks for the invitation!
  • Jo-Anne Dyson 7y


    I think this video is good enough for the National Geographic Channel:
    National Geographic Channel: Are You Good Enough?
  • Travels with my camera 7y


    You now have two nominations for the national Geographic Channel; you can post a link to your video in this thread
  • dragon_sme 7y

    Wow.. I was there this May and we watched Anemone erupt, but it was only the closer of the two vents that blew.. and it went maybe 6 feet. Nice video :)
  • samwibatt 7y

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