Digital License – Thermal Calm



Perched on the fringes of the Long Valley Caldera, the Hot Creek Geological Site stands as a remarkable testament to the Earth’s inner fires. A volcanic eruption some 760,000 years ago sculpted this basin, giving birth to a landscape adorned with steaming pools and bubbling springs. Revered by the Native Paiute people as a gateway to the underworld, this site has recently captivated geologists and nature enthusiasts with its geothermal wonders. The pools, their azure depths veiled in steam, offer a tantalizing glimpse into the Earth’s core. The Brees Lookout viewpoint serves as a privileged vantage point to witness this captivating interplay of heat and water.

Hot Creek is not merely a subject for photographers; it’s a spiritual journey. Photographers flock here, drawn by the allure of capturing the interplay of light and shadow. It’s the juxtaposition of textures – the rugged rocks set against the gentle hues of dawn. Each frame whispers, ‘You’re part of the continuum – a guardian of thermal secrets.’ The steaming pools, their temperatures fluctuating in the blink of an eye, mirror the capriciousness of life. The magenta sunrise pirouettes on the snow-capped peaks while the creek murmurs its timeless melody.

Owning an image of Hot Creek is like holding a piece of geologic history, connecting us to both the ancient and the ever-changing. Feel the warmth of the Earth’s core, echoes of primordial forces. Place it in your study, and let its contrasts inspire your curiosity, the delicate balance of heat and cold. This image is more than a photograph; it’s an invitation to explore, marvel, and celebrate the surreal beauty of our world. Thermal Calm is not static; it’s a whisper, reminding us that even in the stillness, the Earth breathes.

Location: Hot Creek Geological Site; Mammoth Lakes, California.

Media: Royalty-Free Digital License

Royalty-Free Digital License

This Royalty-Free License provides an all-encompassing license that does not restrict you to predetermined usage. Price is determined by the size of the image you license, and you can use the image as many times and in any format you need with the full understanding that this is a non-exclusive license subject to the following restrictions as to how the image is used:

  • This license allows you to use this image for promotional and editorial purposes (e.g., websites, blogs, brochures, mailers, business cards, etc.
  • This image cannot be used for advertising or promotional purposes, such as broadcast, print covers, etc.
  • This license does NOT include CD covers, inserts, or any other type of packaging.

If you desire exclusivity so that others cannot use the same image, please get in touch with an Art Specialist here.


  • Small (640 Pixels)  –  $125     /     Good for web-based-only usage.
  • Medium (2048 Pixels)  –  $250     /     Best for larger web usage (full-screen web, presentations, and small prints).
  • Large (4000 Pixels)  –  $500     /     Highest quality, allowing for maximum use across digital and print.