Wallpaper Monday

Bridalveil Fall

Photographer Justin Lee found himself in just the right place at just the right time to capture this image of Bridalveil Fall making its own rainbow. The Daily Mail features a closer view.

Bridalveil isn’t the only waterfall at Yosemite to occasionally blaze up into something spectacular. Horsetail Fall, a seasonal waterfall off El Capitan, is famous for appearing to be on fire. It happens only from mid- to late February, only when there has been good snowmelt, and only for a few minutes at sunset. California photographer Galen Rowell took the most famous photograph of the phenomenon in a 1973 image he called “Last light on Horsetail Fall, Yosemite,” which prompted generations of photographers to flock to Yosemite Valley in an attempt to capture their own image.

Yosemite National Park has a video of both phenomena: the flaming waterfall, and the hordes of photographers standing watch, waiting for a magical moment that might or might not come.

Yet another on my ever-increasing list of Things I Want to See.

(Hat tip to Inge for the Yosemite rainbow photo, which you can click to fallpaperize.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to Wallpaper Monday

  1. xenatuba says:

    I have a motorcycle buddy who posted some great pics last February of the “fire fall” (not to be confused with the 50’s firefall, where they built a fire and pushed it off of Glacier Point). I also want to see the ice on the Merced in the early spring…I can’t remember the name of it, but it is basically the moving ice.

    • oregon expat says:

      You mean the frazil ice. Yes, very cool too! There’s a Yosemite Nature Notes video of it here. And if you watch the video in the above post, you’ll see some great footage of the man-made firefall at Horsetail. I particularly love the 50s-era documentary style.

  2. Alma says:

    Heh, fallpaperize!
    That fall is utterly beautiful. And so is the mountain itself, even with no lava water. I can’t even imagine climbing that – made me think of Lynne. 🙂

  3. Paulo says:

    I could never get enough of Yosemite.
    After almost 2 years in Portland, when people ask me if I miss California, the answer is invariably “Yes. Yosemite. San Francisco.”

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