Photo Of The Day By Vincent James

Photo By Vincent James

Photo By Vincent James

Happy birthday, Yosemite National Park! Yosemite was designated on October 1, 1890. Today’s photo of the day is “Night On Earth” by Vincent James, which shows the setting sun illuminating Horsetail Falls from Yosemite Valley. James captured this image in February 2016.

“I was in Yosemite Valley in hopes of catching the great ‘firefall’ phenomenon that occurs only about 10 days a year when the setting sun illuminates Horsetail Falls for a few minutes, giving the impression of lava flowing down the side of El Capitan,” explains James. “Conditions did not come together on Friday, but Saturday night was truly special. The orange glow on the falls was truly stunning to see in person. Also stunning was how crowded it was. Thousands of photographers packed along the coast, many which camped out from 8 a.m. in the morning. Luckily, I had my waders with me on this trip, so I simply stepped a bit into the Merced River for this view!”

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