Yosemite Calling

February is a special time in Yosemite because it is the only time the “natural firefall” occurs, made famous by photographer Galen Rowell.  I have still not seen an image that matches the emotion found in his, an you can easily find hundreds of attempts online from photographers who have tried to create a fresh perspective.

With the faint hint of rain at the end of November, 2015, I made a trip to Yosemite to see if the anomaly would occur. While the sun is in the right place in November as well, there is no water pouring over the side of El Capitan (the rock structure shown on the left of the frame). It didn’t rain, and even if it had, it wouldn’t have been enough water all at once to make the fall flow.  Instead, I moved to the classic tunnel view, which is what you see here.

Luckily, California is getting more snow than we’ve had in a few years, and snow pack reports are good.  I have a feeling this may be the year I finally find the Horsetail Fall on fire.

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