Photographers captured the so-called Yosemite firefall phenomenon in pictures that have since gone viral.
The phenomenon happens when the setting sun illuminates the Horsetail Fall waterfall in such a way that the water appears to be fire.
“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,” Sangeeta Dey, one of the photographers, wrote on Facebook.
“I’ve met photographers who said that they have been coming for 11 years only to see this happen 2 or 3 times. It 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.”
The people who gathered were finally treated to the wonderful sight.
“When the fall started glowing, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing,” Dey recounted. “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 of us were clapping. And others were just ecstatic to finally get a chance to see it after trying for years.”