Firefall Friday - Progression of a Firefall
The first day we went out to capture the firefall, we were in high spirits and hopes. We set out hours before the sunset to look for a good spot. Trecking into the forest and away from the crowds, we found the perfect little clearing with enough space for just one camera. We immediately declared it our campsite and waited anxiously for the golden glow. An hour before sunset, however, a large, ominous cloud floated over El Capitan and blocked the sun. It swirled around and despite some rays peaking through here and there, it was not looking good. We anxiously waited counting down the minutes. We sang and danced to call the sun out. We cheered with the rest of the folks in the valley who were also there for this. And then, at the last minute, just enough of the sun emerged to transform the waterfall. It started slow and soft, with some yellows just in one spot. And then it got brighter and more vibrant. Water became lava. It glowed and trickled up and down the mountain. And with every moment, with every thought that this was it and it couldn't get any better, it just got more magnificent. We watched in awe, silent and cheering, not really believing what we were seeing. Nature never ceases to amaze.
Yosemite National Park, California
5 March 2021