Travel Yosemite's 'Firefall' Phenomenon May Not Happen This Year

22:40  14 february  2018
22:40  14 february  2018 Source:   cntraveler.com

Ho, ho, ho, Yosemite: A magical winter destination

  Ho, ho, ho, Yosemite: A magical winter destination Yosemite National Park might not seem like an ideal winter destination, particularly if you're from a part of the country where you'd like to trade in road salt for rim salt on your margarita and leave the words "wind chill" behind.But Yosemite in winter is magical, as I discovered last year on a trip there with my family just after Christmas. There's snowboarding and skiing, both downhill and cross-country, as well as sledding (pick up a plastic saucer at a sporting goods store on the way). You can also ice skate at a rink in the shadow of the famed granite formation known as Half Dome. Park rangers also lead snowshoe walks (free with $3 suggested donation).

The phenomenon known as " firefall " draws scores of photographers to the spot, which flows Mother Nature is again putting on a show at California' s Yosemite National Park, where every However, granite' s formation is poorly understood because it happens tens of kilometers below the surface.

The illusion of fire falling over Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park is a yearly phenomenon . People call it the " firefall ," and it is a completely natural effect that occurs when the angle of the sun sets and illuminates the waterfall. "It' s the way the sun happens to hit that causes the waterfall to glow

a canyon with a mountain in the background © Getty Every February in Yosemite National Park, the beginning of the month is marked by a brilliant orange phenomenon: The "firefall," also known as the event which transforms Horsetail Falls into a fiery cascade over rock formation El Capitan when the sunset hits the water. However, a particularly dry season this year has resulted in no flowing water, and the "firefall" may not happen, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Although last February saw multiple heavy storms, only a few small ones have hit the area so far—not nearly enough to get Horsetail Falls running.

"We had some weather coming through today, a little precipitation and light snow flurries," park spokesperson Scott Gediman told the Chronicle on Monday, when the "firefall" was first supposed to appear—the projected viewing period is from February 12 to February 26. "Whether that results in water, we'll have to see." As of that interview, water still wasn't running, so now would be a good time to break out into those dances we used to do when we were kids hoping for a snow day: If you're reading this, turn your PJs inside out and put a spoon under your pillow.

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Here' s a Stunning Photo of the Yosemite ' Firefall ' Phenomenon . “I met photographers who said that they have been coming for 11 years only to see this happen 2 or 3 times,” Dey said. Read More: Watch This Waterfall Flow for the First Time in Centuries.

Known as the Yosemite Firefall , the phenomenon makes the waterfall look as though it’ s spewing lava down the side of rock formation El Capitan. According to a Yosemite Firefall website, several things have to happen —independently of each other— in order to see the light.

But even if "firefall" does happen—and we're really hoping it does—you're going to need a reservation and permit to see the falls up close (don't worry, they're free). To ensure visitor safety and reduce traffic, the National Park Servicehas closed Northside Drive, which is where most firefall-seekers park, to non-permit vehicles from February 12 to February 26. As reported by Mercury News, 50 permits will be sold each day during this period, allowing visitors to access Northside Drive between Yosemite Valley Lodge and the El Capitan Crossover. They're first-come, first-serve, limited to one vehicle, and you can get them at the Ansel Adams Gallery, which is located between the visitor center and post office. You can also reserve permits online, but it has to be before 8:30 a.m. day-of, and you pick them up at the gallery—just act fast, as most dates are already taken on the Eventbrite page.

Stunning nature path submerged in water following rare flooding phenomenon looks hauntingly still beneath crystal-blue surface

  Stunning nature path submerged in water following rare flooding phenomenon looks hauntingly still beneath crystal-blue surface This crystal-blue lens adds another dimension of beauty to this stunning nature path, after a rare phenomenon caused it to be submerged under several feet of water. In the riparian forest of Rio Olho d’Algua, Brazil, a renowned beauty spot , Recanto Ecologico Rio da Prata, became submerged in water after a concentration of rainfall caused two nearby rivers to burst their banks.

But just a few years before the firefall became a well-known visual phenomenon , visitors were treated a different firefall The modern firefall happens on the eastern side of El Capitan, the massive rock formation that juts out into Yosemite Valley. And today’ s firefall may not be as impressive, but at

Every year there is a phenomena that occurs in Yosemite National Park when the elements work together We left Utah late Thursday night after work, everyone stoked on the thought that we might see firefalls for the first time. 1. Timing - The Firefall only happens during sunset in mid February.

Considering that around 1,000 tourists make the trek to Yosemite each year for the "firefall," you may not get a reservation—50 permits for 15 days only amounts to 750 overall. Luckily, you can still check out the colorful display from a designated viewing area, which you can reach by shuttle from the Yosemite Valley Lodge. It's a little farther out from the falls, but the unique sight of a fire-orange waterfall will be well worth it. Here's to hoping California gets all the rain and snow in the next few days.

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