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Horsetail Fall 2013, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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Copyright © 2013 Deborah M Zajac. All Rights Reserved

This is the 4th yr I’ve gone up to Yosemite trying to capture the natural light show that happens when conditions are just right. For a week or so in February and October during sunset the sun lines up with the fall, and if there is water running down the fall the sunlight will turn the water red like lava or fire.

This year we had more snow on El Capitan than last year, and the day was sunny, but it was cold up there, and it’s been rather dry with no rain for awhile so there wasn’t as much water as we hoped for.
We did get some lovely color and the wind kicked up a little so we were treated to the mist lighting up at the top of the fall.

Every year it has looked different, and I’m hoping one year the fall will be spewing tons of water, and the sun is shining brightly.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 80-200mm| Tripod



  1. What a gift nature and our Creator gives us! Outstanding capture! This is the kind of photo that makes your jaw drop open in awe. 🙂

    • I’ve caught myself staring at it as it unfolds and forget to press the shutter!

      Thank you so much Donna!

  2. I gotta say, Deborah, that you made the most of what might have been a disappointing show. The light is just beautiful.

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