A bit of background: in Yosemite National Park, falling off the east side of El Capitan, there’s a waterfall called Horsetail Falls. Twice a year, the sun sets at just the right angle to backlight this waterfall in such a way that it almost looks like fire. I wanted a picture of it - which was basically the point of this trip. I’ve never been to Yosemite, but it seemed a good reason to go. I’m always looking for excuses/reasons to travel anyways.
Unfortunately, with the lack of precipitation in California this year, there wasn’t much water coming off the falls. It took us almost an hour of wandering around the El Cap picnic area, craning our necks up at this solid wall of granite to spot it. Otherwise, it was perfect conditions - not a cloud in the sky, so I set my tripod up and shot anyways.
Horsetail Falls - fifteen minutes before sunset. The tiny white line of water took us forever to find.
Same picture, twelve minutes later.
El Capitan: the worlds largest granite monolith. It was the focus of the rock-climbing world earlier this year as Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson became the first people to free-climb the Dawn Wall, an expanse of rock considered one of the hardest climbs in the world. National Geographic did a great story on the 19-day climb (with some awesome photos) here. Yosemite is rock climbing paradise, especially for those wanting to tackle big walls. We saw a number of people climbing and bouldering while we were there.
Ok newsflash: The President’s Day Long Weekend (when I was down there, unknowingly. Note to self: check other national holidays before going places) is one of the days you can get into American national parks for free. This means it's BUSY. Especially when it coincides with Valentine’s Day. An hour before sunset, the roads were packed, we didn’t know where we wanted to be for sunset, didn't really know where the light was going to be best.