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The annual event turns the National Park’s stunning waterfalls into fiery orange cascades.
So what is a firefall? Well, it’s created when the sun hits one of the park’s waterfalls in such a dramatic way that it looks like it’s actually on fire. The phenomenon is so spellbinding that it draws in photographers from across the globe every winter (as if California even has winters).
This year’s Firefall was an absolute stunner for those who were lucky enough to see it at the park’s Horsetail Fall. To get the perfect shot, the sun has to shine down on the fall at exactly the right angle. There can’t be too much cloud, and there needs to be enough melting snow during winter to create enough runoff.
If you missed it, don’t worry—there will be a few more happening until the end of February, but for now, just take a look at some of these awesome shots of the recent Firefall posted on Instagram below:
If you want to go and see this, and want to get the best view of the dreamy spectacle for yourself next year, Yosemite’s Park rangers suggest that “the most convenient and frequently shot view of Horsetail Fall is at the El Capitan picnic area, approximately 1.7 miles (2.7km) past Yosemite Lodge at the Falls on Northside Drive.” Better start saving up now then!
Find the falls at: Horsetail Fall, California, USA
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