A shaft of sunlight illuminates Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park, Calif.
A shaft of sunlight illuminates Horsetail Fall in Yosemite National Park, Calif. (Eric Paul Zamora / The Fresno Bee)

'Firefall' phenomenon wows visitors to Yosemite's El Capitan

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif.— Mother Nature is again putting on a show at California's Yosemite National Park, where every February the setting sun draws a narrow sliver of light on a waterfall to make it glow like a cascade of molten lava.

The phenomenon known as "firefall" draws scores of photographers to a spot near Horsetail Fall, which flows down the granite face of the park's famed rock formation, El Capitan.

Capturing the sight is a challenge. Horsetail Fall only flows in the winter or spring, when there is enough rain and snow. The sun lights up the fall for only about two minutes at dusk for a few days in February.

Some photographers have had success this year as pictures of the glowing falls are showing up on social media.

Pastafarian colander pic strains legality for Dutch license

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A Dutch court has upheld a mayor's refusal to issue a driver's license to a man who submitted a photo of himself wearing a colander on his head.

According to a court statement Wednesday, the man wanted the photo on his license as an expression of his Pastafarian faith.

Pastafarians belong to the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a parody group that began in the U.S. in 2005 protesting religion encroaching into the nation's public schools.


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The mayor of the Dutch city of Eindhoven last year rejected the man's request, in part because he ruled that the group couldn't be considered a genuine religion. Religious headdresses are allowed on Dutch passport photos.

The court agreed, saying that Pastafarian faith "did not show sufficient seriousness to be considered a religion."

Associated Press