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Horsetail Falls Near Miss

I spent three consecutive days over the weekend trying to capture the elusive late February light on the Horsetail Falls in Yosemite. Two of our days were snowed out and obscured by clouds. But on our last day, it looked like we were going to get the extraordinary effect that only occurs in late winter where the sun breaks through a cleft in the valley and throws light only on the water for a few minutes, creating the impression of molten lava pouring off the the top of this cliff adjacent to El Capitan.

 

Unfortunately, we lost the sun with about 10 minutes to go before showtime. :( I like the above shot, but if the expected effect had taken place, the cliff face behind the water would be completely dark, and only the water would be glowing red in the light of the sunset.

 

To make up for my disappointment, however, I was able to shoot the park with about a foot of new snow as the storm was clearing out literally while we were in the park. More shots coming soon!

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Taken on February 20, 2011