Every year in the middle of February an extraordinary spectacle can occur in the Yosemite National Park, if the conditions are just right. When the perfect circumstances fall into place the Horsetail Fall will naturally transform into the Firefall.
Each February hundreds of visitors come to the Yosemite National Park to the waterfall to see the spectacular event with their own eyes. But to see this amazing transformations the conditions have to be just right. First and foremost, Horsetail Fall must be flowing. If the amount of snow that melts in February is to small, there will not be enough water to feed the waterfall. Although the Horsetail Fall is visible from several vantage points throughout the Yosemite Valley, getting the right angle seems to be key. This is because the western sky must be absolutely clear at sunset. The setting sun hits the Horsetail Fall and turns it into the Firefall for about 10 minutes. This must be quite a spectacular sight to see with your own eyes.
In 1973 the photographer Galen Rowell took the first-known photograph of the natural Yosemite Firefall, which greatly increased its fame among landscape photographers and Yosemite aficionados. But it wasn’t until the digital photography revolution and the rise of internet that the Firefall achieved global fame.