Sunday 28 May 2017

Yosemite's 'firefall' is blazing, and the photos will blow your mind

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Yosemite 'firefall'. Photo: Deposit
Yosemite 'firefall'. Photo: Deposit
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Yosemite National Park is famous for its waterfalls, but it's outdoing itself this month... with a 'firefall'.

The natural phenomenon, caused by the sun's rays hitting Horsetail Fall with Newgrange-like precision, was in full flow this week.

Horsetail Fall gushes down El Capitan, the famous 3,000-foot vertical rock formation, looking for all the world like volcanic lava.

The waterfall flows roughly from December to April, when snow is present atop of the monolith, with the sun hitting in afternoons.

Unsurprisingly, the late-February light show has attracted hordes of photographers, who have in turn lit up Instagram with their snaps.

For the best view, park at El Capitan picnic area on Northside Drive, 1.7 miles west of Yosemite Valley Lodge, or in lay-bys east of the picnic area.

The 'firefall' is visible from the road.

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