Rare Yosemite ‘Firefall’ Phenomenon Transforms a Waterfall into Flowing Lava –
The month of February is a magical time of year to be in Yosemite National Park. For just a short few days, a natural phenomenon called a firefall is visible at Horsetail Fall on the eastern edge of El Capitan. During this time, Mother Nature plays a visual trick on us and makes the famous waterfall look as though it’s on fire. From some angles, it appears that lava is spewing over the cliff.
So, how does a firefall happen? It’s not always a given—the environmental conditions have to be just right. For one, there must be ample snow available for the waterfall to flow. A clear sky is also a necessity; even the slightest haze will mar the amazing effect. When the precipitation and skies are working together, all that’s needed is a precise light from the setting sun to send Horsetail Fall ablaze.
Luckily, the 2019 Yosemite firefall did not disappoint. Lasting no more than 10 minutes, hundreds of visitors to Horsetail Fall witnessed the spectacular sight. For those of us that couldn’t be there, many folks shared their photographs on Instagram. Check out the firefall, below.
For a few magical days in February, those visiting Yosemite National Park can witness the Yosemite firefall at Horsetail Fall.
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Yosemite Fire Fall 2019🔥 This phenomenon is something that draws thousands of people in Yosemite National Park in hopes to catch this breathtaking waterfall light up. Hands down one of the most incredible experiences I’ve had the opportunity to see and capture! Captured with Canon 1DXmk2 and 70-200mm f/2.8ii (filmed in 4k 60fps sped up 2000%) For those who don’t know: Only a couple days of the year in February, the sun sets at the perfect angle casting rays onto Yosemite’s horsetail fall. This waterfall doesn’t flow all year round and some years not even at all. But when you get lucky enough with waterflow and a perfectly clear sky, this magical phenomena occurs for just brief moments! ✨