Yosemite's 'Firefall' Appears for Only a Few Minutes Every February

The phenomenon is like catnip for photographers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 15, 2017 5:01 PM CST
In this Feb. 16, 2010 file photo, a shaft of sunlight creates a glow near Horsetail Fall, in Yosemite National Park, Calif.   (Eric Paul Zamora)
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(Newser) – Mother Nature is again putting on a show at California's Yosemite National Park, where every February the setting sun draws a narrow sliver of light on a waterfall to make it glow like a cascade of molten lava, the AP reports. The phenomenon known as "firefall" draws scores of photographers to a spot near Horsetail Fall, which flows down the granite face of the park's famed rock formation, El Capitan.

Capturing the sight is a challenge. Horsetail Fall only flows in the winter or spring, when there is enough rain and snow. The sun lights up the fall for only about two minutes at dusk for a few days in February. Some photographers have had success this year as pictures of the glowing falls are showing up on social media. (Read more Yosemite National Park stories.)

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