Earth & Conservation

A Breathtaking Waterfall of Fire

When the sun sets at just the right angle this is what happens.

Every year, for only two weeks in February, the sun sets on the Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park at just the right angle. As the sun sinks over the horizon, the waterfall catches the light and becomes illuminated in oranges and reds, appearing as though the water itself is on fire. This phenomenon has been appropriately named "Firefall."

Photographers come each year to try and capture the extraordinary spectacle, but many are lucky if they see it at all. This year, Sangeeta Dey was one of those lucky few. As she describes on her photography Facebook page, she waited for about 3.5 hours to make sure she had the best vantage point. When she finally saw the falls capture the sun's light in this way, she was completely captivated. After the spectacular ten minutes were over, Sangeeta says all the observers applauded and many had tears in their eyes.

Horsetail Fall, Yosemite National Park | Sangeeta Dey

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