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Every February, this waterfall in Yosemite looks like it’s molten lava

At first glance, this fiery waterfall might seem like it can be found in Mordor, but it’s actually located in Yosemite National Park in California.

Every February, when the weather conditions are just right, the Horsetail Fall flowing down the rock formation El Capitan appears to turn into flowing lava for 10 minutes. The phenomenon is called ‘Firefall’ and it’s caused by sunlight reflecting on the water’s surface at just the right angle to make it glow a bright orange.

The stunning anomaly draws in hundreds of tourists and photographers each year – some arriving as early as 9AM just to get a good spot – to take pictures at sunset. And judging by these photos, the wait is totally worth it!

Firefall 2017- it's that time of year again for the famous #firefall #yosemitenps. This trip almost didn't happen due to the crazy road conditions at Yosemite. There has been so much water that a lot of the roads were closed due to mudslides. Somehow we made it here at the very last minute. I still think the mist I saw last year was better but it wasn't bad this time either. Please scroll down on my feed to see previous years firefall if you like. Had an awesome time with some fun and talented photographers @naminou @jc.liang @sinanuong. Was suppose to meet up with a couple more but got lost in the rush. For those that plan on going to see this, be careful since there has been so much water that some of the roads are falling apart. Had an awesome weekend!!! – A special thank you to my wife for letting me go on these crazy fun trips before I get too old to travel. – – #usaprimeshot #pixworld_ #igworldglobal #artsyheaven #heatercentral #ig_color #worldcaptures #ouramazingearth #earthofficial #beautifuldestinations #special_shots #Earthpix #wildernessculture #travelstoke #foxnews #abc7now #ktvu #gottolove_this #yesabc #westcoast_exposures #sunsetstream_westside #yosemitenation #globeshotz #Nationalparkgeek @nationalparkgeek #worldprime #yescnn @awesome.earth.pix #awesomeearthpix #yesweather

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“It has gained popularity the last few years due to social media,” said National Park Service spokesman Scott Gediman. “People come from all over the world to see this.”

Firefall, which only occurs in the middle of February if very specific conditions are met, was out in full force today. I'd never witnessed it before, and it was absolutely worth the three-hour drive out (and three hours back), just to see it. (This update is a crosspost from my ongoing 365 project. More photos are available on my tumblr at vagabondvivant.tumblr.com)

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Some things in this world remind you of just how magical this existence can be…and the #FireFall phenomenon that happens at Horsetail falls in #Yosemite is definitely one of them. I'll post soon about the serendipitous manner than allowed me to be here for such a remarkable event. Ahh. A deep breath in…Hold…and…ouuuut. It's a great day to be an Earthling.

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The Return of Firefall I had published photographs of this phenomenon last year. This year, I feel fortunate to have been one of the firsts to witness it. In fact, I just drove back home after seeing this unforgettable moment. This is the Horse tail waterfall in the Yosemite National Park. Every year for a few days in February, the sun sets at a certain angle and illuminates the waterfall in luminescent orange and red, making it look like a molten lava. More information on this phenomenon is here, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/160219-yosemite-firefall-waterfall-sunset-pictures-nature/. #westcoast_exposures #majestic_earth_ #cool_capture_ #photoarena_nature #naturewhisperers #inspiring_photography_admired #dream_image #visitcalifornia #jaw_dropping_shots #gottolove_this #splendid_earth #thebest_capture #b_picturess #igs_america #ig_unitedstates #phototag_it #wildcalifornia_ #NikonLove #globalcapture #ig_exquisite #ig_impulse #viewbugfeature #usinterior #moodygrams #rawcalifornia #firefall #firefall2017

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Still recovering from the awe-inspiring Firefall of Yosemite! #westcoast_exposures #visitcalifornia #nikonlove #yesabc #yesweather #ig_unitedstates #wildcalifornia #ig_exquisite #firefall #usinterior #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #nationalpark #nationalparkgeek #yescnn #foxnews #abc7now #ktvu #igworldglobal #usaprimeshot #worldprime #earthofficial #nps #nps100

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