Skip to comments.A rare sight - Yosemite National Park "fire" waterfall
Posted on 07/12/2010 10:23:50 PM PDT by B-Cause
That was really cool.
I got to see the Yosemite firefall before the do-gooders got it banned. It really was spectacular.
Nice Photoshop work. /sarcasm
B.S. They used to have the “Fire Fall” almost every night during the Summer. They stopped it in 1968 after over 95 years.
They stopped what?
Yosemite “Firefall”...a nightly event at Camp Curry up until 1968 (as mentioned earlier):
Firefall was not water+Sun.
The hotel up there would dump burning embers down at that spot.
saw the real one also in 1948.
I saw it in 1957 and 1960.
The rangers would create a huge fire up at Glacier Point and then would shove the burning embers over the face of Glacier Point to create the sensation. They would wait until it was fully dark. A large crowd will gather at Curry Village (I believe) to see the event. Since it was totally dark, it was hard to tell what method they used to send the burning embers crashing to the Valley below.
Looks to be a mix of photos of the burning ember “Fire Falls” and some nice photos of sunlight on water falls.
The wiki description of the Fire Falls was very interesting with the history, etc.
A hotel did the fire falls when they were forced to stop it by the park. Later that same winter heavy snows damaged the hotel. That summer, during repairs, the hotel burned to the ground. In part fed by a pile of wood used for the fire falls!
The “light conditions” must have been perfect during the filming of “Caine Mutiny”!! ;-)
Those pictures are beautiful. Thanks so much for posting them! :)
So is what was written in the post a partial hoax with the whole sun part of the effect description. That all those pics were taken before they stopped them from doing this every year via artificial means?
I’m not saying the poster perp’d the hoax themselves, I’m just trying to be clear if whoever authored the description in this email floating around the internet was saying something deliberately false.
I saw it more than a few times as a kid. It was spectacular!
Dumping burning wood off of Glacier Point. There is no waterfall on Glacier Point.
Thanks much for that link Southack. I am such a sucker for stuff like that that comes through my emails. At least the photos are great.
Thanks again Southack.
The email is a hoax. You can’t see the “firefall” in February as the email claimed. Firefall has been banned since 1968.
The email even used the Wikipedia picture of the ember-burning firefall to claim that it was sunlight on a waterfall at Glacier Point.
In reality, water has to be trucked up to the top of Glacier Point. Without Man, there is no water there at all, much less enough water for a waterfall.
Instead, the reality is that “firefall” was glowing embers from a nightly fire (until 1968).
Wow! Thanks for sharing!
The pictures are cool, I agree!
Two different things here. There is a “firefall” that is not the burning embers pushed off Glacier Point. It’s the setting sun light playing off Horsetail Falls in late February: http://www.todayandtomorrow.net/2010/03/11/horsetail-firefall/
I haven’t seen The Caine Mutiny in a long time. Young actor Robert Francis, who played Ensign Willie Keith, would die in a plane crash the next year.
These pictures are amazing.
Video - Horsetail Falls at sunset, Yosemite National Park
I saw the real firefall at Yosemite in 1967.
Horsetail Falls is a huge waterfall. The picture that you linked to, however, is of Glacier Point where there is no waterfall.
Actually, the link was to a blog with a photo of the Horsetail Fall “firefall” phenomena. Since it occurs in February, the water in the real falls is not huge. My link: http://www.todayandtomorrow.net/2010/03/11/horsetail-firefall/ is of El Capitan and the Horsetail firefall. Here are more:
El Capitan and Glacier Point have very different profiles. Comparison helps determine the “real” firefalls from Glacier Point and the sunset light on the mist of Horsetail falls in February on El Capitan.
I had the incredible privilege of spending 22 summers in Yosemite and Christmases in Yosemite Valley. I saw 100+ nightly Glacier Point firefalls. Tried to see the Horsetail “firefalls” this past winter, but due to weather, it didn’t show. Bummer.
I am still very much into photography! Thanks for the ping! These are incredible.
I need to ask the obvious question...If most of the snow melts in December and January, and little is left by February, then when does it snow there...September, October and November??? Also, isn’t it still winter in December and January? Seems like those would be the months of snow accumulation and not snow melting.
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