Waterfall Turns Into An Amazing ‘Firefall’ - Hozobo

Waterfall Turns Into An Amazing ‘Firefall’

There is an amazing natural phenomenon that happens only in special conditions. It is called Firefall. Yosemite National Park in California is filled with a diverse ecosystem filled with hundreds of species and fascinating natural wonders. It’s best known for its waterfalls, towering granite monoliths, deep valleys, and ancient giant sequoias. The Horsetail waterfall, which is a seasonal waterfall, in Yosemite Park turns into Firefall in special conditions.

The Horsetail waterfall in Yosemite Park turns into Firefall in special conditions

Firefall
Image credit: Wayne Hsieh

During the end of February, the last lights of the setting sun and the crystal clear sky paint the water that emerges from the rocky canyon into the colors of glowing flows of lava. This evening illusion usually lasts for around 10 minutes, and it became known as the “Firefall”

However, a lot of different conditions have to be met for the phenomenon to be visible. First and foremost, there has to be sufficient snowfall and a warm temperature that can melt the snow and create the fall. The Firefall can only be seen if the sky is clear enough, and the sunlight has to illuminate the fall from a specific angle.

This illusion mostly lasts for around 10 minutes

Image credit: Jay Huang
Firefall
Image credit: Jay Huang