Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Glory of Old Faithful: A Video That is Worth a Thousand Pictures

WEST YELLOWSTONE, MONT.—As the cliché goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words." As I have discovered recently, one could also add, "A video is worth a thousand pictures."

Case in point: Today, my family and I decided, on our first full day in the Yellowstone National Park area, to go see the one thing everyone will inevitably ask if you've seen when you come back from a vacation in Yellowstone National Park. That's right, we went to see Old Faithful.

But, as I and a massive crowd of people eagerly awaited Old Faithful's scheduled eruption at around 12:17 p.m.—it eventually spouted off at around 12:30, in fact—I began to feel that mere photos, however well framed, couldn't quite do justice to the however-brief majesty of Old Faithful's eruption. I had to capture it as a video.

And so I did. Consider this as standing in, for now, for our day, since this was the clear highlight. It's basically just Old Faithful erupting...but stay 'til the last 10 seconds or so, when I try to pay halfhearted tribute to the final upward tilt to the heavens that concludes Toy Story 3 (okay, I made that up just now, but for those who've seen that film, maybe you'll see what I mean).


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