Take a Look at the Dazzling Firefall at Yosemite National Park

February 6, 2015 4:06 PM |

 

You may have seen many waterfalls, but have you witnessed a fire fall? Well, if you have not seen one here is your chance, El Capitan's Horsetail Fall at the Yosemite National park in California displays this mind-blowing phenomenon. No, the fall does not spit fire, instead the phenomena takes place due to sun angle & snowfall.

The fall glows for a few hours every year, this event is known as the “firefall”. The waterfall looks like a cascading fire when the right amount of sunlight hits it at the right spot. The event is completely dependent on weather. The fall must be flowing and shall not remain frozen. The temperature must be warm enough to melt the snow and leave the Horsetail fall snow flowing. Additionally,there should be enough snowpack so that snowmeltis able to feed the waterfall, which has a breath taking fall of 1,570 feet down the east face of El Capitan. Besides, the angle of the sun and the amount of sunlight must fall correctly to create the illumination. All these elements have to be perfectly aligned, to  create a magical view for onlookers.

The Firefall is usually seen between mid and late February every year. Thousands of photographers flock in to capture this brilliant sight. It resembles a real fire, which was once seen at the Glacier Point sometime in the 20th century, when the park officials would light a bonfire and push the glowing embers towards the cliff.


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