Photographers Capture Yosemite Firefall Phenomenon in California

February 18, 2016 Updated: February 18, 2016

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.

Firefall:Yesterday, Frank Somerville KTVU shared my photograph of the Firefall phenomenon in Yosemite. Thereafter, NBC…

Posted by Sangeeta Dey Photography on Wednesday, February 17, 2016


“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.”


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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.”

Top Photos via Flickr users ilya_ktsn and Andrew Kearns.