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Mr. Magoo

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By Times staff and wire reports Yosemite National Park

Yosemite has many dramatic vistas. But few are more awe-inspiring than firefall.

It's firefall season in the park, and that has attracted many photographers and others wishing to capture the scene.

The effect occurs when light from sunset hits the Horsetail Fall.

Its the way the sun happens to hit that causes the waterfall to glow, Yosemite National Park Ranger Ashley Mayer told KTLA.

Here are some images posted on social media.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-yosemite-stunning-firefall-draws-photographers-visitors-to-park-20160218-htmlstory.html



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Re: Yosemite's stunning 'Firefall' draws photographers and visitors to park
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2016, 09:51:53 AM »
When I was little back in the late 50's/early 60's (unless my memory has completely failed me) I seem to remember that they used to have a show where they used to actually push burning logs or burning something off the top of one of the rock formations at night and they called it the Firefall. Or am I hallucinating (always a possibility)? Anyone remember this?

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Re: Yosemite's stunning 'Firefall' draws photographers and visitors to park
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2016, 10:30:30 AM »
if you are hallucinating.. then I am too.. we watched that same firefall that you did many times.. but needless to say, they don't do that anymore.

but this one caused by the sun is gorgous!!!!!
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Re: Yosemite's stunning 'Firefall' draws photographers and visitors to park
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2016, 10:52:25 AM »
I remember my first trip to Yosemite in the late 60's. My dad timed our arrival on a Friday after school to coincide for us to arrive to see the old Glacier Point Campfire Firefall into the Valley.

I recall it was sometime in October (for my sister's birthday surprise) and we arrived via the Mariposa Highway/El Portal route. I got the unrequited fishing fever/excitement driving along the miles of the Merced River then into the valley in time for late dusk, saw a couple of coyotes apparently stalking a yearling or maturing fawn in a meadow, then we got to one of the Firefall Viewing Parking areas just in time to witness the Firefall.

I couldn't have been more than 10 or 11 years old, and my 3 Brothers and Sister at that point in time were totally blown away by our first visit to this wonderful area.  My Dad had made/planned this family trip on a last minute whim, one of my brothers was still in diapers, we had no reservations but he was able to sweet talk a desk clerk at the Yosemite Lodge for the necessary rooming for our family and it was quite the exciting adventure for us kids and comfortable for my mother instead of camping.  Some of this info my dad told me later during the weekend so as not to worry us before we arrived, and I have a recollection of him telling me his 'sweet talk' of the front desk clerk was actually a $20 Bill which in those days was a FORTUNE to most working class, even upper middle class people and families, and to me it was unfathomable at that age.

I hope to bring my now 10 year old son to view the 'new'/historical natural Firefall mention at the top of this post in the near future.  That will be a first for both of us.  I have already previously shown him pictures/videos of both the Glacier Point event and the Water Firefall listed at the top of this post and he is very excited to experience it.

Hope my sharing of these memories brings back individual memories to others on this board. 

All the Best to everyone!  P A C

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Re: Yosemite's stunning 'Firefall' draws photographers and visitors to park
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2016, 08:34:01 AM »
I remember seeing Huell Houser do a show on Yosemite and the firefall on his "California's Gold" show. I was able to locate it on the web,
here is a link (broken  into 4 segments) if you are interested:

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXsA7E21ErQ

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf6-9eN-vPo

Part 3: http://www.rockcreeklake.com/board/index.php?action=post;topic=1147.0;last_msg=12202

Part 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxmZEh1O8YA

Very interesting!!
"Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."- Henry David Thoreau