Images of the natural phenomenon first captured in 1973
Caleb Pershan | SFist.com
That bright glow that appears to be lava? Don’t worry. It’s just light reflected on the Horsetail waterfall. The phenomenon referred to as the Yosemite Firefall, the Chronicle writes, is just observable twice a year or so. It was recently captured by photographer Sangeeta Dey, who explained the fortuitous shot to Facebook:
This is the Horsetail waterfall in the Yosemite National Park. Every year for two weeks in February, the sun sets at a certain angle and illuminates the waterfall in luminescent orange and red, making it look like a fluid fire. I’ve met photographers who said that they have been coming for 11 years only to see this happen 2 or 3 times.
The phenomenon was supposed to happen at around 5:30 in the evening, but I was there at 2 PM to find a spot. I finally settled for a tiny space under a thorny bush. When the fall started glowing, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. For 10 minutes, all of us sat there mesmerized by this spectacle.When it ended, a few of us had tears in our eyes. Some people were clapping. And others were just ecstatic to finally get a chance to see it after trying for years.
Some others were lucky as well:
Its that time of year again #HorsetailFall #Yosemite #firefall pic.twitter.com/do4D0IvDiQ
— Nicole (@coliebrobro1) February 17, 2016