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Yosemite National Park: Firefall 2013 | by Tom.Bricker
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Yosemite National Park: Firefall 2013

For about 8 days in February, Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park is lit on fire...by the sun. This occurs due to the angle of the sunset, and would actually occur in October, too, but there's only water in this fall due to snow melt-off, and no snow is melting in October. There actually wasn't much water in it in February 2013, either, but there's just enough to make the effect work.

 

Seeing and photographing the firefall was my main reason for making the trip, and it was the main reason several other Flickr "Disney" photographers (guys, I think we need a cooler name for the group...this descriptive name no longer fits) were going. Sarah and I have long had plans to head to San Francisco this coming weekend for a wedding, but when presented with the chance to photograph the Firefall with a bunch of friends, I decided that I "had" to head to the Bay Area two weeks in a row.

 

Boy, am I glad I did...and it has nothing to do with getting the obligatory shot of the Firefall. I'm glad I went because it was an amazing time with some awesome people that I'll remember forever.

 

The Firefall was an incredible thing to see, and probably one of the coolest things I've ever seen, but I enjoyed seeing it more than I enjoyed photographing it. This photo probably wouldn't even rank in my top 10 from the trip, but it's timely given that the Firefall is still occurring, so I figured I ought to post it now.

 

I've posted my favorite photo of the trip on my travel photography blog today.

 

For the next few weeks, you'll also want to check out the photostreams of Ryan Pastorino, Corey Dorsey, Todd Hurley, William McIntosh, Gregg Cooper, Patti Richmond, Don Sullivan, and Jeff Krause, who were all part of the Yosemite trip and will all be posting their photos!

 

Thanks for viewing!

 

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Taken on February 15, 2013