Yosemite Firefall

Spring 2017 - Volume 21 Number 2

ElCapitan
 

Yosemite Firefall
photograph
Michael B Brewer, MD

Yosemite National Park is undisputedly one of the most beautiful places on Earth. However, during a brief period in early February, under the perfect circumstances—sufficient early winter snowpack, temperatures warm enough for the snow to melt, and clear western skies—visitors can bear witness to an even more amazing spectacle: Horsetail Fall, on fire, cascading 1570 feet down the eastern face of El Capitan. On these few winter evenings, the setting sun illuminates the waterfall in unbelievable shades of orange and red, giving the appearance of lava or fire flowing over the cliff.

Dr Brewer is a Surgeon at the Orchard Medical Offices in Downey, CA.

 

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