Around the World: Yosemite National Park

Horsetail Falls

USA, California, Yosemite National Park, Horsetail Falls, El Capitan. Jerry Ginsberg / DanitaDelimont.com "Danita Delimont Photography"/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: ddpphotos247052

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.

El Capitan

El Capitan, seen from the Merced River in winter, Yosemite National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, California, United States of America, North America. Michael Howell/Robert Harding/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rhphotos047622

Horsetail Fall

Sunlight illuminates Horsetail Fall - Yosemite National Park, California. Jim Goldstein / DanitaDelimont.com "Danita Delimont Photography"/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: ddpphotos247356

El Capitan in Yosemite Valley,

Fresh snow fall on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, California, United States of America, North America. Christian Kober/Robert Harding/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rhphotos137253

Evening light on Horsetail Falls

Evening light on Horsetail Falls on the east face of El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California. Russ Bishop Photography/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: scusphotos006108

Late afternoon light on Horsetail Falls

Late afternoon light on Horsetail Falls, a phenomenon which occurs only one or two days a year in late February due to the angle of the sun and snow melt on the cliffs, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park. Christian Kober/Robert Harding/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rhphotos137252

Yosemite Falls

The light of the full moon mixes with the spray from Yosemite Falls to throw a beautiful lunar rainbow just before midnight on June 15, 2011 in Yosemite National Park. TERRY SCHMITT/UPI/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: upiphotostwo129056

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Trees

Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia Trees, Yosemite National Park, California. Gavin Hellier/Robert Harding/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: rhphotos123853

el capitan

el capitan, yosemite national park. Mark Newman Stock Connection Worldwide/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: scphotos153106

El Capitan and Bridal Veil Falls

El Capitan and Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite National Park. Julie Bendlin / DanitaDelimont.com "Danita Delimont Photography"/Newscom. Find it on Newscom: ddpphotos246889

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