Yosemite Firefall, The Horsetail Fall

First Image Shot @ 5:03pm

On Feb 23, 2016, I visited Yosemite National Park for this natural Firefall. Each year in late February, hundreds of visitors including many professional photographers gather around for this amazing event. There are several spots for viewpoints in Yosemite Valley, which I don't want to jump into. You can easily Google it. Of course several factors must converge to trigger the Firefall. The most important factor is that Horsetail must be flowing, there it is, very strong. Secondly, clear sky must be in order for the sun lights to pass through to glow with this fall. Especially at the west where the sun is set. Looks like all the conditions were perfect, for now........

 
 

After 20 minutes later, I took another shot. Every conditions still look good with only exception that the wind had calmed a lot down. Without the wind blowing, water will not lift up to create mist, but that's not a problem as long as the sky is clear on the west where the sunset, then we are ok. I got a little excited, thinking that the Firefall should be very nice with all the conditions now. But with the weather condition at Yosemite, this firefall can be very finicky. I and the folks around me at the park were holding our breath and fingers cross, hoping to see this phenomenon event again. 

Second Image Shot @ 5:23pm

Third Image Shot @ 5:35pm

 

After the second shot, than the lights suddenly faded. The folks around me including myself were so disappointed. Some even thinking about to leaving. I had to insisted them to stay and told them about my mistakes in the past for giving up too soon. While we were talking, slowly the lights came back little bit and faded again. This third image was shot @ 5:35pm. I think this Firefall supposed to glow by now. But unfortunately, the sun was being block again and I really thought that this is it. However I still didn't want to leave yet, not at least after sunset in another 7 minutes or so.  I really didn't want to drive all the way here and go home with nothing. So I waited and pray to buddha, please glow the Firefall....

Fourth Image Shot @ 5:41pm

I was so disappointed for a few minutes that buddha didn't glow the Firefall. Ok, I was kidding about the buddha part, but my eyes never turn away from the fall. Then something happened, the granite colors changed slowly, very slowy into red and magenta. The crowd started to scream,cheer, and every one was happy. The natural Firefall came back like MAGIC! Trust me on this, there was nothing sounds better and louder than all the camera started to CLICKS. Even though this natural Firefall didn't glow from top to bottom, but this day, every one was happy to see this rare glimpse of this amazing natural phenomenon. As for me, I still haven't get this perfect amazing Firefall. Which means I have good excuse and reason for years to come back to witness and try to capture this perfect Firefall again....