Waterfalls turns to Lava at Yosemite...Incredible photos!!!

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Waterfalls turns to Lava at Yosemite...Incredible photos!!!
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Tue, 02-21-2012 - 1:58am

In this undated handout photo provided by the Scott Gediman of the Yosemite National Park Service, the firefall from Glacier Point is shown in Yosemite.

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Reminds me of the days, long long ago (like in teh 60's) when they would drop burning embers over the Yosemite Falls at night in summer (when the water was no longer running)!

They don't do that any more --- According to Wikipedia, it was because "... the National Park Service ordered that the Firefall be discontinued due to the overwhelming number of visitors it attracted, and the fact that it was not a natural event." I suppose it didn't help that the hotel where they dropped the embers burned down a year later and was never re-built! LOL



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That is beautiful!!! What a site to see!
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thatyank wrote:

Reminds me of the days, long long ago (like in teh 60's) when they would drop burning embers over the Yosemite Falls at night in summer (when the water was no longer running)!

They don't do that any more --- According to Wikipedia, it was because "... the National Park Service ordered that the Firefall be discontinued due to the overwhelming number of visitors it attracted, and the fact that it was not a natural event." I suppose it didn't help that the hotel where they dropped the embers burned down a year later and was never re-built! LOL

That must have been really beautiful!! I can understand the fire fears though.

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They interviewed that photographer on NPR Tuesday Night (All Things Considered, maybe?) and he said it only happens on this one waterfall (Horesetail Falls, which is ephemeral and comes off El Capitan) for roughly one week in late Fenraury when the sun is just right at sundown to catch the falls from behind...

Apparenlty it's a rare combination of the fall's position, the amound of water (I hear it isn't as spectacular this year since there is so little snow in Yosemite), and the proper sky conditions. Also, He said there are only two or three places you can stand to see it and it gets pretty crowded about this time of year with people hoping to get a glimpse!



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thatyank wrote:

They interviewed that photographer on NPR Tuesday Night (All Things Considered, maybe?) and he said it only happens on this one waterfall (Horesetail Falls, which is ephemeral and comes off El Capitan) for roughly one week in late Fenraury when the sun is just right at sundown to catch the falls from behind...

Apparenlty it's a rare combination of the fall's position, the amound of water (I hear it isn't as spectacular this year since there is so little snow in Yosemite), and the proper sky conditions. Also, He said there are only two or three places you can stand to see it and it gets pretty crowded about this time of year with people hoping to get a glimpse!

Interesting, glad you caught that extra information!!

That would be quite an experience to be there to see it live and take photos.

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