每年2月,美國北加州著名的優勝美地(Yosemite)國家公園會出現一幕「火瀑布」(firefall)奇景,該公園的馬尾瀑布(Horsetail Fall)在陽光照耀下,宛若橙色熔岩從懸崖傾瀉而下,形成一幅獨一無二的畫面。

據CNN報道,日落時分,優勝美地「火瀑布」的水流好似炙熱的熔岩一樣,從埃爾卡皮坦山陡峭的花崗岩崖面飛奔而下。這種由大自然主導的魔術奇景在每年2月出現,每次只會持續幾分鐘,每晚吸引數百名遊客前來觀賞。

美國國家公園服務發言人Scott Gediman表示,今年因為多雨雪,瀑布規模比以往更大。他說:「在過去幾年裏,由於社交媒體的傳播,瀑布獲得了人氣。人們從世界各地前來欣賞。」

 

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I will make this the last Firefall photograph of this year. Promise not to talk about this event until next year. Today, as I was going through my photo library for an unpublished Firefall pic to send to a magazine, I realized this was one of my personal favorites from that evening. No idea why I didn’t share it the first time. This is the Horse tail waterfall in the Yosemite National Park. Every year for a few days in February, the sun sets at a certain angle and illuminates the waterfall in luminescent orange and red, making it look like a molten lava. #firefall #firefall2017 #cool_capture_ #photoarena_nature #naturewhisperers #inspiring_photography_admired #dream_image #visitcalifornia #jaw_dropping_shots #gottolove_this #splendid_earth #thebest_capture #b_picturess #igs_america #ig_unitedstates #greatshotz #special_shots #magicpict #phototag_it #wildcalifornia_ #NikonLove #globalcapture #ig_exquisite #ig_impulse #viewbugfeature #usinterior #moodygrams #rawcalifornia

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1973年,已故著名攝影師羅威爾首次拍到「火瀑布」的彩色照片。自此,每年前往該國家公園拍攝「火瀑布」的攝影師變得越來越多。

對攝影愛好者來說,如果想捕捉美好景緻,公園網站建議,最好的觀賞地點是酋長巨石(El Capitan)野餐區,但需要確保在公園人潮擁擠前就抵達該處,選好欣賞地點。

Gediman表示,一些攝影愛好者在早上9時就找好地點,等待捕捉夕陽西下的鏡頭。基於天氣情況,他還建議遊客攜帶食物、水、衣服和輪胎鏈。

 

The Return of Firefall I had published photographs of this phenomenon last year. This year, I feel fortunate to have been one of the firsts to witness it. In fact, I just drove back home after seeing this unforgettable moment. This is the Horse tail waterfall in the Yosemite National Park. Every year for a few days in February, the sun sets at a certain angle and illuminates the waterfall in luminescent orange and red, making it look like a molten lava. More information on this phenomenon is here, http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/02/160219-yosemite-firefall-waterfall-sunset-pictures-nature/. #westcoast_exposures #majestic_earth_ #cool_capture_ #photoarena_nature #naturewhisperers #inspiring_photography_admired #dream_image #visitcalifornia #jaw_dropping_shots #gottolove_this #splendid_earth #thebest_capture #b_picturess #igs_america #ig_unitedstates #phototag_it #wildcalifornia_ #NikonLove #globalcapture #ig_exquisite #ig_impulse #viewbugfeature #usinterior #moodygrams #rawcalifornia #firefall #firefall2017

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攝影師Sangeeta Dey在Instagram上張貼火瀑布的圖片。他寫道:「今年,我很幸運成為率先見證(奇景)的一員。」他表示,這是難以忘懷的一幕景致。

位於內華達山脈的馬尾瀑布,坐落在埃爾多拉多縣一保護區內,總高度超過2,000英尺(609.6米),水流從近500英尺(約合152米)的高度傾瀉而下。遊客可以從美國50號公路附近的「雙子橋」(Twin Bridges)北部出發,步行來到馬尾瀑布。

這個瀑布是依靠酋長岩上的雪山融水為源的,所以並非一年四季都存在。酋長岩上的雪一般在每年的12月和1月融化。