Once a Year, This Waterfall In Yosemite Turns Gold

Tucked away on the east side of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park is Horsetail Falls, a seasonal waterfall that occurs only in winter and early spring. Seeing the waterfall itself is something of a rare and precious sight– but during the second half of February, when the setting sun hits it just so, the water looks as though it has been transformed into a fiery gold, like a single thread of lava pouring from some primordial volcano. During this time, it is sometimes nicknamed Firefall. Though the effect is only brief, it is an incredibly powerful experience, one that speaks to the unbounded magnificence of nature.


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