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Photographers from around the world flocked to Yosemite National Park to capture a rare and beautiful phenomenon, and the images that surfaced spread like wildfire this week.

It only happens in the month of February and the conditions have to be just right. And when all the elements align, the Horsetail Fall turns into a glowing, mesmerizing "firefall."

Some photographers who were lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time caught incredible images of the event.

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"The sun sets at a certain angle and illuminates the waterfall in luminescent orange and red, making it look like a fluid fire," photographer Sangeeta Dey said in a Facebook post.

"When the fall started glowing, I could not believe what I was seeing. For 10 minutes, all of us sat there mesmerized by this spectacle," Dey said in a post on Instagram. "When it ended, a few of us had tears in our eyes, while some where clapping , and others were just ecstatic to finally get a chance to see it after trying for years."

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Rare fiery waterfall takes Internet by storm
Firefall: This is a picture of the Horse tail waterfall in Yosemite. Every year for two weeks in February, the sun sets at a certain angle that illuminates the waterfall in luminescent orange and red making it look like a liquid fire. There are a number of conditions that need to be met to make this happen (enough snow, warm temperatures to melt that snow, and clear skies). I met photographers who said that they have been coming for 11 years only to see this happen 2 or 3 times. When the fall started glowing, 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 where clapping , and others were just ecstatic to finally get a chance to see it after trying for years. #westcoast_exposures #usinterior #visitcalifornia #wildcalifornia_ #lonelyplanet #superhubs #500px #igdaily #ig_today #ig_impulse #ig_exquisite #princely_shotz #jaw_dropping_shots #artofvisuals #natgeoyourshot #igpodium #sfgate #nikon #yourtake #topshelf_shots #abc7now #firefall #rawcalifornia #optoutside #neverstopexploring #nbcbayarea #earthpix #igworldclub #beautifuldestinations #awesomeearth
Another perspective of the Firefall. This is a picture of the Horse tail waterfall in Yosemite. Every year for two weeks in February, the sun sets at a certain angle that illuminates the waterfall in luminescent orange and red making it look like a liquid fire. There are a number of conditions that need to be met to make this happen (enough snow, warm temperatures to melt that snow, and clear skies). I met photographers who said that they have been coming for 11 years only to see this happen 2 or 3 times. When the fall started glowing, 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 where clapping , and others were just ecstatic to finally get a chance to see it after trying for years. #westcoast_exposures #usinterior #visitcalifornia #wildcalifornia_ #lonelyplanet #superhubs #500px #igdaily #ig_today #ig_impulse #ig_exquisite #princely_shotz #jaw_dropping_shots #artofvisuals #natgeoyourshot #igpodium #sfgate #nikon #yourtake #topshelf_shots #abc7now #firefall #rawcalifornia #optoutside #neverstopexploring #cnn #earthpix #igworldclub #beautifuldestinations #awesomeearth
Here's a close up (cropped) of the horsetail fall. This was the very tail end of the firefall event. Good luck to all that are chasing it this week. #foxnewschicago #foxnews #foxnewschicagowlfd #abc7newsbayarea #abc7eyewitness #ktvu2 #nbc #rootsrated #sfgate #yourtake #ig_histogram #ig_shotz_february #ig_captures #igtravel #ig_europe #ig_cameras_united #optoutside #firefall #instatravel #nps #bpmag #outdoors #getoutside #naturephotography #nationalparks #beautifuldestinations #lonelyplanet #usinterior #yosemitenps #abc7vista
Wilderness 'Paparazzi' Flock to @YosemiteNPS 'Firefall' https://t.co/oqEn8ZVmWk https://t.co/QIk6iPuElL
Yosemite's jaw-dropping "firefall" is not actually fire, but it's still impressive: https://t.co/eN4jYkCIAm https://t.co/a3DaWVpji7
Bizarre lava-like 'Firefall' returns to Yosemite (PHOTOS) https://t.co/WTOJPDbB7i https://t.co/gLmfKL7UU1
Striking images capture rare #Firefall in Yosemite Park https://t.co/ojcJzXL49z https://t.co/h2EicGD5LP
A rare "firefall" sighting made Yosemite look like a burning orange waterfall this week https://t.co/PI7Jb1B0XO https://t.co/44679TPTJ5
Incredible timelapse captures Yosemite 'firefall' phenomenon https://t.co/2I7HiFfYzI https://t.co/RbI34oQ1lz
Incredible video of "Firefall" phenomenon caused by the sun's angle @YosemiteNPS. More here. https://t.co/4KSczSJhcv https://t.co/WEUjCRnE9Z
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