"Fire Fall" a rare and magical sight at Yosemite National Park

An amazing sight of lava leaking out of the side of a mountain has sparked an interest amongst photographers for the first time in many years. 
 
The phenomenon Known as “Fire fall” was captured in the picture above at the Yosemite National Park, California, USA. 
 
“Fire fall” appears to be hot molten rock, known as lava that seeps through the side of a mountain, running all the way down to the bottom. Somewhat similar to how a little waterfall would flow over the side of a mountain. 
 
But, in actual fact, the images captured are nothing more than an optical illusion which happens once sunlight strikes water falling down the side of a mountain and illuminating it into a fiery orange. 
 
The effect is marvellous, with streams of “fire” running down the faces along mountain ranges in Sierra Nevada.  
 
The occurrence is very rare, and requires the rays of the sun to strike the water at an angle that is only possible in February. Basically, the sunlight needs to align with the mountains range and needs to be hot enough to melt the snow above the rocks to begin the flow downwards. 
 
And this needs to happen because snow captures the sun best, causing the remarkable display.
 
Sangeeta Dey, a neuropsychologist and photographer who caught the glowing waterfall this year, said: "I could not believe what I was seeing. For 10 minutes all of us sat there mesmerized by this spectacle.
 
"When it ended, a few of us had tears in our eyes, while some were clapping and others were just ecstatic to finally get a chance to see it after trying for years."
It has been several years since the phenomenon has occurred and many photographers wait an age to capture it in all its glory.
 
Sangeeta added: "I’ve met photographers who said that they have been waiting for 11 years only to come see this happen 2 or 3 times."