Things on fire usually don't last long. Only once a year for a two week period in late February, does Horsetail Falls in Yosemite Valley ignite into a ribbon of fire. I first caught a view of the falls during climbing trips to the valley years ago but never new that it transformed into this incredible living creature. While climbing 3 sisters in shadows of El Cap, the fall is viewable, and changes day to day year to year based on snow pack, wind and weather.
The other night I had one of those classic NPR moments when you arrive at your destination but can't yet get out of the car, as I listened to a feature on the falls. Sure enough, in Outside online this morning there is a feature on the falls and a nice video summary. Made only sweeter over a bowl of Spruce Confections' own potato leek soup. Makes for a fitting winters day with some reflection to boot on years spent in California climbing rocks and pushing back on gravity.