Majestic Yosemite

Yosemite is beautiful (and photogenic) both day and night. The rare phenomenon known as a firefall also returned to the park this year. Why so rare? It is a result of the setting sun’s rays hitting the waterfall just right and must also include this confluence of events: a warm enough daytime temperature to melt the snow, enough run-off to feed the waterfall, and a clear western sky with no cloud cover to block the setting sun.

Photography by Ray Lee and Paul Hamill

The firefall at Horsetail Fall
The firefall at Horsetail Fall

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Vogelsang Lake
The Milky Way at the backpacker camp at Vogelsang Lake.

The Milky Way at the backpacker camp at Vogelsang Lake PAUL HAMILL

Majest Yosemite Lembert Dome
Dana Fork of the Tuolumne River in Tuolumne Meadows with Lembert Dome in the background.

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