Last week, I shared what Thermopolis Mineral Hot Spring looks like in August - quite different from the last time I featured this area in May of 2019.
This time, I'm going to show you where all that hot water goes...
First, it just flows down its natural waterway, still steaming hot (best not to touch it here... you could probably hard cook an egg in it.)
From here, it fills a huge pool of sorts - not sure if it's very deep. Yes, the gulls are standing on it - but at the edge where it spills over.
You can see that edge better from this angle - just before it flows over and through the cliff here, streaking it with the same minerals that decorate the edges of the spring and creek.
Can you believe that cliff swallows love to nest in the overhang? They are plentiful here, constantly looking for insects over the Big Horn River to feed to their offspring.
Below is another outlet for the hot water. I'm not sure how closely related this one is to the main spring - or if it's fed by a different source entirely, but more mineral-rich hot water flowing into the river below. The white here is entirely mineral deposits, not froth!
Here, the water was safe to touch - though not for the corroded quarter my youngest found in it (or did she drop it?)
A plant I found growing nearby - between the spring and the bridge - which I'll share with you next time.
Photos taken by myself in August 2021 with my Nikon D7200.
Past issues of...
|Featuring Alcova Dam||Pathfinder Dam||and surrounding|
|Alcova Dam||Redbeds Near Alcova Dam||Fremont Canyon, part 1|
|Fremont Canyon, part 2||Pyramid Peak from Below Pathfinder||Below Pathfinder Dam with Flowers|
|Pathfinder Dam||Pathfinder Reservoir|
Flora/Fauna at Alcova - Arnica Angustifolia ,
|Featuring Lander||and||surrounding areas|
|Popo Agie River Demo - active v passive||Plants of the Popo Agie River - Arrowleaf Balsamroot||Lander Park|
|Popo Agie River Sinks||Popo Agie River Rises|
Glenrock & Rolling Hills
Great Divide Basin and surrounding
|Featuring the Great Divide Basin||and||surrounding areas|
|Ferris Mountains||Independence Rock, March 2019||Great Divide Sunset|
|Featuring Rawlins||and||surrounding areas|
|Street Art in Rawlins, March 2019||Trainspotting in Rawlins, March 2019||Ferris Mansion, Rawlins|
|Wyoming Frontier Prison||St. Joseph's Catholic Church|
|Featuring Thermopolis||and||surrounding areas|
|Wind River Canyon May 2019||Outlook Above Ten Sleep Creek||Thermopolis Mineral Hot Spring in August|
Jackson, Tetons and Yellowstone
|Featuring Jackson Hole||the Tetons||Yellowstone, etc.|
|Glimpse of the Tetons|
Kaycee and surrounding
Wyoming Black Hills
|Hulett,||Sundance,||and Devil's Tower|
|Along the Belle Fourche in Hulett||Approaching Devil's Tower|
|Walking Around Devils Tower, part 1||part 2|
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