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A Rare Site Amongst One Of America’s Most Famous National Forests

09 Oct

A rare sight!! Yosemite National Park

This park was gazetted as a national park in 1890. It is world famous for its rugged terrain, waterfall and century-old pine trees. It covers 1200 sq km and the “fire” waterfall of El Capitan is one of the most spectacular of all scenery. The spectacular view of the waterfall is created by the reflection of sunlight hitting the falling water at a specific angle. This rare sight can only be seen at a 2-week period towards the end of February. To photograph this rare event, photographers would often have to wait and endure years of patience in order to capture them. The reason is because its appearance depends on a few natural phenomenons occurring at the same time and luck.

1st, Is the formation of the waterfall – The water is formed by the melting of snow and ice at the top of the mountain. It melts between the month of December and January and by the end of February there might not be much snow left to melt.

2nd, is the specific angle of the sun-ray hitting the falling water – The sun’s position must be exactly at a particular spot in the sky. This occurs only in the month of February and at the short hours of dusk. If it is a day full of clouds or something blocking the sun, you won’t see this sight. This coincides with the fact that the weather in the National Park at that time of the year is often volatile and unpredictable.

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2 responses to “A Rare Site Amongst One Of America’s Most Famous National Forests

  1. jackie

    October 10, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    You mention such a great things here and it is always pleasure to read. Hope to hear more and learn from you.

     
  2. Robert Wilson

    October 18, 2010 at 2:00 am

    thanks for the post

     

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