Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park is a natural phenomenon every February

Last Light on Horsetail Fall, Yosemite, California, 1973, Ektacolor print. © Galen Rowell/Mountain Light.Horsetail Fall is one of the waterfalls in Yosemite National Park, California. It is a seasonal waterfall, 480 m high on its eastern side which flows approximately from December to April. The slopes fall off the east side of El Capitan.

The Fall is characteristic by an unusual sight occurring only for a couple of days in the last weeks of February each year – the slopes are appearing to be on fire when the orange glow of the setting sun is being reflected under the right angle. This sight can be seen for only a couple of minutes during those few February days.

The reflection is attracting many tourists, professional photographers and nature lovers all around the world. To observe this phenomenon, it is best to come just east of El Capitan, to the small clearing close to the picnic area on the north road leading out of Yosemite Valley.

The image on the side was photographed by Galen Rowell, the famous wilderness photographer and climber.

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