Horsetail Fall (Yosemite)
Horsetail Fall illuminated by the setting sun
|Location||Yosemite National Park, California, USA|
|Total height||2,130 feet (650 m)|
|Number of drops||2|
|Longest drop||1,570 feet (480 m)|
|very slight flows a few weeks in normal years|
Horsetail Fall, located in Yosemite National Park in California, is a seasonal waterfall that flows in the winter and early spring. The fall occurs on the east side of El Capitan. If Horsetail Fall is flowing in February and the weather conditions are just right, the setting sun illuminates the waterfall, making it glow orange and red. This natural phenomenon is often referred to as the "Firefall", a name that pays homage to the manmade Firefall that once took place in Yosemite.
This waterfall descends in two streams side by side, the eastern one being the larger but both quite small. The eastern one drops 1,540 feet (470 m), and the western one 1,570 feet (480 m), the highest fully airborne waterfall in Yosemite that runs at some point every year. The waters then gather and descend another 490 feet (150 m) on steep slabs, so the total height of these waterfalls is 2,030 ft (620 m) to 2,070 ft (630 m). The image shown here is taken during a brief time during the winter, near February 21 at sunset, made famous by Galen Rowell's photograph.
The fall is best seen and photographed from a small clearing close to the picnic area on the north road leading out of Yosemite Valley east of El Capitan.
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- "The Natural Firefall". yosemitefirefall.com.
- "How to photograph Horsetail Falls". California Photo Scout. 28 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
- "Horsetail Fall". World Waterfall Database.
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