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Yosemite Firefall
Firefall is a rare occurance. It can only happen in mid-February, when the setting sun hits Horse Tail Fall just right. But, that waterfall doesn't flow at that time of year every year. Even then, the sun must still make an appearance at sunset to create the magic. In the end, you need a little  luck! Here's my experience from February 22, 2017. After searching out several locations, I found my spot about 1 1/2 hours before sunset. Others had been there for hours. We first started seeing some hint of the Firefall when the mist from lower on the falls started to turn yellow about 15 minutes before sunset. About 5 minutes later, the color started shift to a light orange. As it did, the color started showing up higher and higher, and within a few moments, to the top of the falls. And as it did, it got more intense. Even the mist rising above showed the orange. It remained this intense yellowish-orange for about 5-6 minutes, seemingly shifting only with the spread of the mist. About a minute before sunset, it faded quickly, shifting towards pink, before fading completely. It was a truly amazing experience. Below is brief representation of the progression of light.
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