Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park is a seasonal waterfall that flows during the winter and early spring. Under the right conditions, the waterfall glows orange and red—a firefall. The event can only be witnessed if the snow, weather, and light cooperate. Every year, thousands of photographers flock to the Yosemite Valley with hopes of capturing this elusive moment. Photographer Mike Mezeul got lucky and captured this amazing photograph of the phenomenon:
Mezeul photographed the firefall with his Nikon Z6 and Nikon 200–500mm lens.
“For nature to create the Firefall, a few events must simultaneously take place. First, Yosemite needs to receive an ample amount of snowfall throughout winter which is then followed by a few warmer days to melt some of the snow. Next, the western horizon must stay clear to allow the last few minutes of daylight to fall perfectly upon Horsetail Falls and illuminate it in a vibrant orange and red. The waterfall glows so fiercely that it appears to be on fire.”
This must be one of the best shows that Mother Nature puts on. And any photographer is fortunate to be there at the right moment.
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