One of Yellowstone’s Jewels

Today’s post features another geyser near Old Faithful, in the Biscuit Basin. The Jewel Geyser is a small, but rather active geyser, erupting frequently (every 8-9 minutes is typical). Although the eruption reaches up to 20 feet, it is nowhere near what Old Faithful offers (100 – 180 feet).

Jewel Geyser has a shiny, beaded sinter (a deposit of opaline or amorphous silica that occurs as an incrustation around hot springs and geyser vents), easily seen in these images, below.

Here is a sequence of Jewel Geyser eruption images that I captured during my recent visit there.

“At Rest”

Jewell Geyser "at rest"

Jewell Geyser erupting

Jewell Geyser erupting

Jewell Geyser erupting

Jewell Geyser erupting

Jewell Geyser erupting

And it begins to rest again:

Jewell Geyser transitioning from erupting to back at rest


Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 camera
  • Canon 28-135mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens, at 115mm to 127mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250
  • Aperture f/16
  • Shutter 1/180 sec. to 1/500 sec.



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