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California's Yosemite National Park wows visitors and photographers with its annual 'firefall.' Every year for a few short days near February, the setting sun illuminates the Horsetail Fall to make it glow like a cascade of molten lava.

California's Yosemite National Park has been wowing visitors and photographers with its annual "firefall."

Every year for a few short days in February, the setting sun illuminates Horsetail Fall to make it glow like a cascade of molten lava.

The natural wonder draws scores of people to Yosemite Valley for a spot near the waterfall, which flows down the granite face of the park's famed rock formation, El Capitan.

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Horsetail Fall only flows in the winter or spring, when there is enough rain and snow. In February, the sun lights up the fall for only about two minutes at dusk.

The best views are east of El Capitan along the main roads into and out of Yosemite Valley.

--Associated Press

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DIANA LAMBDIN MEYER is a native of Wolf Lake, Illinois who first visited Europe with her Shawnee High School teacher Marielis McCormick more than 40 years ago. Follow Diana’s journeys at www.mojotraveler.com.

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