Foto des Tages | Yosemite Firefall


De Yosemite Firefall is een ritueel met water en vuur in het gelijknamige Amerikaanse nationale park. Het voltrok zich (officieel) jaarlijks in de periode van 1872 tot 1968. Daarna werd het verboden vanwege brandgevaar, maar blijkbaar soms nog illegaal uitgevoerd. Het is immers wel heel erg mooi… U wilt nog meer vuur zien, maar dan dichterbij huis? Klik dan door naar Fiery European Festivals op de Big Picture.

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    Gelukkig geen illegale brandstichting, maar het effect van de ondergaande zon op vallend water:

    “The best pictures I have of the firefall were taken during the El Nino. It rained nonstop during the El Nino of ’95. Horsetail Falls was raging on February 22nd. The water seemed to fling off the shear face of El Capitan. The waterfall was also affected by strong winds at the top of the mountain. The wind created a fine mist that was being blown across El Capitan. The winds also cleared the sky of rain clouds as sunset was approaching. In short, prime firefall conditions.

    El Capitan was falling into shadow when the sun began to disappear. I saw the last golden light of day zero in on Horsetail Falls. El Capitan went dark as the firefall began to glow. It looked like a giant waterfall of fire in a twilight sky. The clouds of mist from the water spray were glowing. The show lasted for five minutes. I had taken over 100 pictures by the time it was over. It looked like an electric neon fire. I had to remind myself that the firefall I had seen was real.”