It can only happen once a year, and some years it can’t, but when everything lines up perfectly, you get breathtaking photos like the one above. For two weeks in the middle of February, the sun lines up just perfectly at Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan. As it sets each night, barring any clouds, the sun hits Horsetail Falls for just a few minutes so it looks like liquid gold. It’s been nicknamed “firefall” because for just a moment the water looks like lava flowing over the edge of the mountain (you’ve probably seen a few pictures floating around Pinterest).
This article from MSNBC talks about it the phenomenon and has an awesome video showing the people who come to photograph it.
But Yosemite National Park is a beautiful and breathtaking spot any time of the year, not just during firefall. It’s one of my favorite national parks. With stunning vistas, beautiful hikes, giant trees, and waterfalls all over the park just driving through is a treat.
The dramatic landscape of Half-dome or El Capitan was a scene of inspiration for many of Ansel Adams beautiful photographs. Bridal Veil falls is on calendars and posters the world over.
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