Shutterbug Photo of the Day: “Falling Fire” by Vincent James

Our Shutterbug Photo of the Day is another amazing photo of Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park appearing like it's ablaze. This shot by Vincent James really captures the “firefall” in all its glory.

“As I am sure you have heard this past week 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,” James writes.

“Conditions did not come together on Friday, but Saturday night was truly special. I saw what I believe was ‘Firefall Actual’ smile emoticon. The orange glow on the Falls was truly stunning to see in person. Also stunning was how crowded it was. 1000s of photographers packed along the coast, many who camped out from 8am 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.”

See a larger version of the photo in the Shutterbug Photo of the Day gallery here.

You can see another Shutterbug Photo of the Day of the falls ablaze in this image by Scott Brenner.

If you want to enter Shutterbug Photo of the Day, post an image in the Shutterbug Photo of the Day Gallery and include your real name and some background on the image (how and where it was shot; the story behind the image; gear and settings used etc.) in the description field to qualify.

We will select one Shutterbug Photo of the Day image every month to run as a full-page feature in the magazine.

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Thank you so much for the feature!