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Illusion transforms Yosemite waterfall into 'firefall'

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Feb. 19, 2016 at 3:11 PM

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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Visitors to Yosemite National Park's Horsetail Falls are capturing photos of a stunning yearly phenomenon known as the "firefall."

The illusion, nicknamed "firefall" because it makes the waterfall appear to be flowing fire, is noted each year at the park when the angle of the sunset reflects off the water.

"Horsetail Falls is famous for appearing to be on fire when it reflects the orange glow of sunset in mid- to late-February. It falls off of the east side of El Capitan and is best seen from just east of El Capitan," Yosemite National Park's website states.

Many photographers shared images on social media of the firefall as seen from the El Capitan picnic area in California.

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