El Capitan and Horsetail Falls

El Capitan and Horsetail Falls

Looking skyward you see this impossible piece of granite towering over the lush river valley below. It seems impossibly tall and it is. Nearly three thousand feet of sheer vertical granite. The snow atop El Capitan feeds an equally towering waterfall that is known as Horsetail Falls. Often it’s not there and so goes unnoticed. But come a wet February, if the skies are clear, the waterfall shows off and lights up. It starts off white as you would expect then takes on a yellow glow of flames, passes through orange and fades to a brilliant pink in the alpine glow. It’s never the same. Sometimes brilliant, sometimes soft and subtle and sometimes it just doesn’t happen at all. Happily, it showed up this year and I was able to see the event from a new location.