Yosemite – Fire Waterfall

 Jul, 23 - 2013   Pictures
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Yosemite National Park, California , USA
This park was gazetted as a national park in 1890. It is world famous
for its rugged terrain, waterfall and century-old pine trees. It covers
1200 sq km and the “fire” waterfall of El Capitan is one of the most
spectacular of all scenery.
The spectacular view of the waterfall is created by the reflection of
sunlight hitting the falling water at a specific angle. This rare sight
can only be seen at a 2-week period towards the end of Feburary. To
photograph this rare event, photographers would often have to wait and
endure years of patience in order to capture them. The reason is because
its appearance depend on a few natural phenomenons occuring at the same
time and luck.
1st, Is the formation of the waterfall – The water is formed by the
melting of snow and ice at the top of the mountain. It melts between the
month of December and January and by the end of February there might not
have much snow left to melt.
2nd, is the specific angle of the sunray hitting the falling water – The
sun’s position must be exactly at a particular spot in the sky. This
occur only in the month of February and at the short hours of dusk. If
it is a day full of clouds or something blocking the sun, you can only
take pictures of your own sorry faces on the waterfall. It coincides
with the fact that the weather in the National Park at that time of the
year is often volatile and unpredictable. It compounds to the difficulty
of getting these pictures.
Someone did !!! and we all get to see it !!!

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