Photographers flocked to California’s Yosemite National Park to snap photos of the “firefall,” a waterfall that looks like it’s made of fire and lava.
The U.S. National Park Service said the “firefall” at Horsetail Falls occurs where it appears that rivers of molten lava are flowing down the park’s El Capitan rock face. During about two weeks each February, it is caused by the setting sun reflecting off the water at just the right angle to make the falling liquid appear to glow orange.
Officials said this year’s firefall is particularly stunning.
“The waterfall is bigger than it has been in a long time due to all the rain and snow we have received,” National Park Service spokesman Scott Gediman said.
Gediman said photographers have been flocking to the El Capitan picnic area to snap photos of the falls at sunset.
“I’ve seen a few photographers get here at 9 a.m. to claim their spot for the sunset,” Gediman said. “All we ask is you be respectful to the park and make sure what you packed … you pack up and take out.”
“As the Sun’s rays moved towards the fall, I saw the colour of the water changing,” Sangeeta Dey told National Geographic. “As [the waterfall] glowed in yellows, oranges and reds, I realised I had tears flowing down. It was a very emotional moment for me.”
Dey wisely chose to use a remote control to capture the images so she could also see the phenomenon for herself, not just behind a camera lens.