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.)