Horsetail Fall Still Glows - Yosemite National Park
Horsetail Fall is famous for lighting up like lava in the middle of each February for about two weeks so the show has long passed. We were passing through Yosemite Valley with broken clouds above. I looked down at one of the sites where Horsetail Fall is generally shot from and the clouds had parted and the waterfall was glowing incredibly brightly against the massive granite cliffs of Yosemite National Park. Recent rain had drenched the area and Horsetail Fall was flowing better than it had during the weeks it was famous for. Mist blew back along the top of the cliffs like a ghostly spirit. Fog scrapped across the top of El Capitan and made for a nice illumination of the tree line atop the tops of the nearly 3000 foot cliffs. And this time, I had it all to myself. I stayed for a long time before deciding to try the other side of Yosemite Valley but by the time we made it across the clouds had moved in and the waterfall disappeared in the grayness of fog. Being later in the year and past the prime time to photograph the event, Horsetail Fall was more of a golden silvery color than the bright orange lava color that occurs at sunset so I decided to process this one as a Black and White which worked with very little effort on my part.