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Yosemite’s Horsetail ‘Firefall’ at sunset

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Filmed on February 15th, 2016, a brilliant sunset illuminates the white mist and spray of Yosemite National Park‘s Horsetail Fall with bright oranges and reds. Called a ‘Firefall’, the name for this optical illusion “pays homage to the manmade Firefall that once took place in Yosemite.” From Zither Filmography:

We hiked about an hour from Southside Dr to a high plateau where you have full view of the tunnel from Village perspective.The setting sun hits Horsetail Fall at just the right angle to illuminate the upper reaches of the waterfall. And when conditions are perfect, Horsetail Fall glows from white to gold, red in the peak, then fades out quickly in 20 minutes.

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Update 2020: Two viral Instagram posts share the Firefall at Horsetail Fall. Spray from the falls can spread the ‘fire’ illusion farther out from the rockface, creating an even more dramatic scene.

Watch more Yosemite videos and a few surprising sunlight vids: eight cats in a time lapse sunbeam, 24/7 Concentrated Solar Thermal Power, and how to make a Moser Lamp.

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