I usually talk with my Mom and Dad on my way to work before a shift in the Emergency Department. I was lamenting that it had been a while since I had an adventure and my Mom asked me if I'd ever seen or photographed the "Firefall," in Yosemite. I found it incredible that she'd heard about it and I admitted that I had not even been to Yosemite! Every year at the end of February the sun lines up at sunset to illuminate Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park and makes it look like lava falling over the edge of the mountain. I decided to meet her challenge and with my work schedule and the limited number of people they let in the park I drove my van down to CA and checked in the week before the event then flew home to work. I flew back a few days later, early one morning and drove right up to the parking lot and hiked in amongst the gazillion photographers set up for the night. I was delighted and amazed at this phenomenon and came home with some good images. I dedicate this image to my Mom; my quiet force.
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Yosemite National Park