Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Yosemite Firefall


from: Archie McPhee's Endless Geyser of Awesome

A rare occurrence at Yosemite National Park happens when the setting sun illuminates the park’s Horsetail Fall turning it into a breathtaking “Firefall”. Suddenly the waterfall looks like molten lava spilling over the east side of El Capitan:


This dramatic event only happens when several conditions are just right: It’s early February, enough snow has fallen that winter to feed the waterfall, and the temperature is warm enough for the snow to melt so the fall is actively flowing.

Astrophotographer Rogelio Bernal Andreo wasn’t content with simply capturing the sunset Horsetail firefall. He wanted to capture an even rarer event when the firefall is caused by moonlight instead of the setting sun. The firefall itself looks much the same, but the background is instead a stunning starry night:


Head over to PetaPixel to learn how Rogelio Bernal Andreo set about capturing the moonlight Horsetail Firefall.

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