Firefall in Yosemite. For the last two weeks in February, the Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park light up with a neon-orange glow resembling a flow of lava.
This spectacular natural event occurs only at this time of the year, when the rays of the setting sun strike the water at exactly the right angle .
For a video of this show: Yosemite Nature Notes – Episode 14 – Horsetail Fall
Photo sources: http://www.amusingplanet.com/2010/05/mesmerizing-yosemite-horsetail-firefall.html
Oddly, Martin Sacha , they actually used to shovel real coal embers down this same waterfall, decades ago (1872 until 1968 ), for a “firefall”. They had to get the fire going early in the evening, so that by night it would be a mass of embers..then these guys would shove it off the falls for a brief moment of wonder. They don’t do that anymore.
Stunning! It looks like lava fall.
Beautiful. Any idea on the date range when you can see this? Maybe I’ll take a trip over there on weekend soon.
Alan LaMielle , it’s happening right now (last two weeks in Feb)! So get on the plane 🙂
No plane needed, just a 3 hour drive. : )
Alan LaMielle , lucky you! I’ve not had a chance to visit Yosemite yet…
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Yes, Randhir Yadav 🙂 I sanitized it into oblivion. 🙂 If you see such rubbish in the future, just flag it as spam, thanks!
Rajini Rao sure i will, np at all
I remember watching the coal ember firefall as a kid in Yosemite. That was so amazing. Also remember my grandpa feeding the bears along the road. They don’t let you do that anymore either!
What wonderful memories, Darwin Woodka , thanks for sharing. In the Yosemite video that linked to, in my post, there is footage of the fire embers being tossed down the waterfall. What a strange concept it seems now, I wonder if they were trying to recreate this February phenomenon for the rest of the year.
Woah! fantastic and beautiful!
So… where is Saruman? I can’t see him in the pictures 🙂
LOL, Joan Hogol ! You must mean Sauron and Mount Doom? If you look carefully, you will see Frodo and faithful Samwise clambering up the granite face 🙂
Frodo??? He has my precious!!! we want it!!!
Frank Vargus , hard to believe those are the sun’s rays!
Really Good Pictures
Come and visit, Katerine K ! Yellowstone Natl. Park is also awesome with its spurting geysers (“Old Faithful”).