Top 10 Photos of the Yosemite Lava Falls [Yosemite Fire Waterfalls, Yosemite Firefalls]

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Note: I received the below photos in an email forward. Those are not photographed by me. The copyright and credit of the photos remain with the original photographers. If you are one of the original photographers, please let me know; I'll very happily link back to you.

Lavafall at Yosemite
Lavafall at Yosemite

The email mentioned that these are not any kind of a lavafalls or firefalls, but normal waterfalls that have this color in the last 2 weeks of February at dusk. It doesn't simply mean that it's easy to photograph. The sun needs to be in a particular angle and position to create such a light in the waterfalls. Also, it's said that February is amongst the most volatile in terms of weather, in Yosemite National Park. So getting the perfect sunlight is rare. Well, some people did manage to photograph this magical phenomenon, and I received those photos on email. So why not share them with you all? :)

February firefall of Yosemite National Park
February firefall of Yosemite National Park

Lavafall at Yosemite National Park
Lavafall at Yosemite National Park

Lava fall at Yosemite National Park
Lava fall at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite firefall
Yosemite firefall

Yosemite fire waterfall
Yosemite fire waterfall

Yosemite lava fall
Yosemite lava fall

Yosemite National Park Lavafall
Yosemite National Park Lavafall

Yosemite waterfall on fire, at dusk
Yosemite waterfall on fire, at dusk

Rainbow with a waterfall at Yosemite National Park
Rainbow with a waterfall at Yosemite National Park

23 comments :

  1. Unbelievable but one has/have to believe.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. @ Appu: I too didn't believe it when I saw it first! :)

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  3. Amazing. Oh the things we see when we take the time to look, eh?

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  4. Cata maretie ne prezinta natura.Superbe imagini!

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  5. @ Clytie: Right :)

    @ OutrosEncantos: I had the same reaction :)

    @ ely: Ai dreptate:)

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  6. Yosemite is a wonderful national park not too far from me ( about a three hour drive ) in northern CA. I haven't been there in many years but my son and some of his friends were just there recently on a camping trip. It is such a beautiful place. I've never heard of this phenomenon.

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  7. @ RNSANE: Oh! That's so nice that it's so close to your home!! I'm sure your son and his friends had a very good time camping there :)

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  8. i like to say this was very unique and great to see. I have never seen anything like this before

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  9. @ Campgrounds: I had the same reaction when I saw it the first time :)

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  10. @ sukh: Thank you :) I received them in an email forward!

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  11. NOT A NATURALLY OCCURRING EVENT!! See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yosemite_Firefall

    OR HERE

    http://firefall.info/

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    1. okay well in your second link it talks about a double exposure meaning the background was from a different picture meaning the sky.... it is a naturally occurring event its the way that light refracts through water.... and it only happens in february. Beware what you read on wiki's it can be informative but anyone in the world can add what they want there... do real research don't cop out and pull a 9th grade english paper no no....

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  12. @ Anonymous: Thanks so much for adding your valuable input. That sure will give information to a lot of people vising this post everyday!

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  13. There are picture out there of both the naturally occurring "firefall" and the man made one. Yosemite stopped the tradition of the firefall quite a while back. The natural occurrence happens in late February and some years might not happen at all if the weather doesn't permit it to happen. (http://www.shutterbug.net/techniques/outdoor_travel/1206locations/)

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  14. @ Anonymous: Wo! This is new information!! Thanks for your valuable comment giving more information on the Yosemite lava falls.

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  15. From the top shots 2, 3, & 9 are from the old practice of kicking campfire embers off Glacier Point, as Anonymous1's links show.

    The rest are from the natural sunset event in February of Horsetail Falls on El Capitan

    Along with the Shutterbug link from Anonymous 2, this photographers pics are awesome:

    http://www.jharrisonphoto.com/Landscapes/Waterfalls-Streams-Oceans-and/7023028_EzPE7#449632945_krjka

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  16. @ Anonymous: That's so much of analysis and information from your part. Thank you so very much! Also, the link you have provided has such a nice photograph of Yosemite lava falls! Your contribution to this page is highly appreciated.

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  17. Hello hoping to have good clear weather and go see the lava flows ourselves this yr. Just hoping to get one shot worth the quality above. At our age this could become a buck list type thing.

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  18. @ Anonymous: I gave the same expression!

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