The Natural Phenomenon “Firefall” Returns to Yosemite

Adventure seekers and photographers alike have been flocking to Yosemite National Park, trekking through the mounds of snow, to see a natural phenomenon that is only visible during two weeks out of the year.

Horsetail Fall is typically not that unique in Yosemite, where waterfalls are vast and beautiful. It is a somewhat low-flow waterfall that flows about 1,000 feet down off the eastern edge of El Capitan to the ground.

But when the water flows are strong and the lighting is right, this waterfall lights up and appears to be on fire. This phenomenon typically appears for about two weeks in the month of February and can cause quite the tourist attraction for people looking for a rare view.

It remains to be seen how long the natural phenomenon will last in 2019, but for right now, it’s delighting the people who made the trip. Typically, the event draws thousands of people to the park, but with the extreme winter conditions, that number is probably much smaller this year.

To see Horsetail Fall, park at the El Capitan picnic area or in turnouts just east of the picnic area. You can see the waterfall from the road. Here are our favorite videos/photos of the phenomenon at Yosemite’s Horsetail Falls this year:

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Dancing Fire 🔥 It’s almost that time of the year again! When I first moved to the Bay Area I remember coming across an article about the “Firefall” phenomenon and wondering to myself if I would ever have a chance to witness it in person. Through a series of small serendipities, I somehow managed to catch Firefall my first and only trip to Yosemite so far two years ago. We originally chose this particular weekend thinking it’d be too early for Firefall and going earlier to avoid the usual craziness during this period. A photographer we came across during sunrise mentioned Firefall might be happening due to the clear sky conditions. We kept that in mind but almost passed up on the opportunity when we were adamant about searching for some epic puddle reflections. Thankfully we missed our turn (Yosemite Valley is a one way street) and then saw a large number of photographers assembled in one area. “It must be happening!” And so we abandoned reflection hunting and camped out with everyone. Best decision made ever. What unexpected adventures or experiences have you had so far? Check out my new blog post (link in profile) for a guide to shooting Firefall. . . . . #wildbayarea #wildcalifornia #visitcalifornia #passionpassport #bucketlisters #sonyimages #sonyalpha #tlpicks #awesomeearth #GS10k #instagood10k #creative_ace #cc5k #visualmobs #theimaged #shotzdelight #aov5k #omd_5k #creativeoptic #ourcolourdays #fatalframes10k #moods_in_frame #vol10k #visualambassadors #discoverer #earth_shotz #heatercentral #gramslayers

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Firefall setting the fire! 🔥😍⠀ It was our first time watching the firefall and it was incredible experience amidst freezing weather!⠀ .⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀ #IG_MyShot #earth_shotz #naturalcalifornia #depthofearth #ig_cameras_united #ourplanetdaily #ig_podium #nature_perfection #global_creatives #global_exposures #ig_color #Global_HotShotz #ShotzDelight #Splendid_Earth #EarthFocus⠀⠀⠀ #versatile_photo_ #master_gallery #wildcalifornia #nikonusa#womenempowerwomenphotographers #ig_escaype #igs_america #yosemite_national_park #naturalunited⠀⠀ #norcalroam #caliexplored #firefall #horsetailfalls #sunsetmadness #sunset_capture

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Yosemite : Firefall 2019 https://500px.com/vijaymanohar https://www.facebook.com/Lightsparq/ https://www.instagram.com/lightsparq/ Six inches of snow, Cold Celsius degrees, 3 mile trek, slippery paths and over crowded space for viewing didn’t stop photogs from witnessing the 10 minute miracle of a Monday sunset at Yosemite in February. Passion beats obstacles. Happy viewing #firefall #yosemitefirefall #firefalls #yosemitenationalpark #yosemite #yosemitewinter #yosemitehorsetailfall #horsetailfalls #nationalparks #nationalparksusa #nationalpark #nationalparkstraveler #landscapephotography #landscape #lightsparqphotography #natgeophotos #earthscope #earthscape #winter #usnationalparks #earthscapes #igphotoworld #instaphotos #naturephoto #nationalgeographic #natgeoyourshot #natgeo #usnationalpark

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