For just two weeks every February, the sun sets in such a way that Yosemite's Horsetail Fall appears to be a river of fire, ablaze with vivid reds and oranges.
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 #wildbayarea #natgeoyourshot #igpodium #sfgate #nikon #yourtake #topshelf_shots #abc7now #firefall #rawcalifornia #optoutside #neverstopexploring #nbcbayarea #earthpix #igworldclub #beautifuldestinations #awesomeearth
Photographer Sangeeta Dey wanted to capture the beauty, and on her Instagram account wrote that she found a spot under a thorny bush at 2 p.m. a few days ago and waited for the sun to set. In order for the magic to happen, skies have to be clear and the temperature has to be high enough to melt snow, and once Dey realized the water was turning into fluid fire, she "couldn't believe" what she was seeing.
"For 10 minutes, all of us sat there mesmerized by this spectacle," she wrote. "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." Catherine Garcia
The father of Captain Humayun Khan, a 27-year-old Muslim American soldier killed in Iraq in 2004, is the voice of Hillary Clinton's powerful new campaign ad. Donald Trump was widely criticized for attacking the soldier's parents, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, over the speech they delivered at the Democratic National Convention in July, when they challenged Trump to re-read the American constitution before proposing his infamous Muslim ban — with Khizr even going so far as to offer Trump his pocket-sized version from the convention stage.
In the minute-long spot, Khan's father Khizr recalled the sacrifice his son made in 2004. "He saw a suicide bomber approaching his camp," he said. "My son moved forward to stop the bomber when the bomb exploded. He saved everyone in his unit."
With tears in his eyes, Khizr asked Trump: "Would my son have a place in your America?" Watch it, below. Becca Stanek
Hillary Clinton will meet with Black Lives Matter activists in Cleveland on Friday, including DeRay Mckesson and Brittany Packnett. An aide told The Associated Press that Clinton and the activists will discuss how to "advance equity and opportunity in the African-American community."
Clinton sat with Black Lives Matter protesters around this same time last year for a conversation that Mckesson described as "tough," but "in the end I felt heard." Clinton has been met with suspicion by critics of former President Bill Clinton's 1994 crime bill, which contributed to high incarceration rates of black people for nonviolent crimes. Jeva Lange
David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, has earned enough support in the Louisiana Senate race to make it onto the debate stage, The Acadiana Advocate reports. The debate is to be held at Dillard University, a historically black university, on Nov. 2.
When Duke, 66, learned he would be invited to participate, he said it was "amazing" but that he is concerned about his safety: "Dillard is pretty supportive of Black Lives Matter, and I've been pretty critical of them," Duke said.
The debate cutoff was 5 percent in the polls; Duke eked in with 5.1 percent. Leading the race are Republican state treasurer John Kennedy with 24.2 percent and Democrat Foster Campbell, with 18.9 percent. In Louisiana, the top two candidates in the Nov. 8 primary will advance to a Dec. 10 runoff, regardless of their party affiliation.
Duke identifies as a Republican, and has endorsed Donald Trump — who has repeatedly disavowed him. Jeva Lange
Powerful men are still not sold on the whole "workplace diversity" thing, apparently. Despite data showing that companies with a high percentage of female board directors routinely outperform male-dominated boards, a recent PwC survey found that just 24 percent of male directors believe board diversity improves a company's performance, compared to 89 percent of female directors. Similarly, only 38 percent of men think diversity improves board effectiveness, compared to 92 percent of women, the Washington Post reports.
Female directors currently hold just 20 percent of all board positions at S&P 500 companies. Kelly Gonsalves
Young people apparently think cursing at work is effing cool. About two-thirds of millennial employees swear at work, according to a new survey of 1,500 American workers, and more than 40 percent said they prefer working in an environment where colleagues swear. About a third of millennials said cursing can even help strengthen a team, Bloomberg reports. To be fair, 58 percent of Gen Xers and Baby Boomers also admitted to dropping the occasional F-bomb while on the clock, but they were much more likely to report feeling guilty about "the taboo against bad language."
Another noteworthy finding from the study: Millennial women were the most likely demographic to let bad words slip (75 percent admitted to swearing in the workplace), and they were less bothered by foul mouths in the office than millennial men were.
A secret Nazi military base abandoned more than 70 years ago was recently rediscovered by Russian scientists, The Independent reported. The base, located in the Arctic island of Alexandra Land, served as a "tactical weather station" for the Nazis during World War II, when knowledge of the weather was vital to determining when to move troops, equipment, and ships. Because of the base's name — "Schatzgraber" or "Treasure Hunter" — some also think it was used for "the pursuit of ancient relics," The Independent reported.
The base is believed to have been built in 1942, the year after Adolf Hitler invaded Russia. However, the Nazis stationed there were forced to abandon the post in 1944 after they were poisoned by eating contaminated polar bear meat.
A German U-boat rescued the base's ill inhabitants, but left many supplies behind. Scientists have discovered bullets, shells, gas cans, and documents, all of which have been preserved well by the Arctic's frigid temperatures. Becca Stanek
After waiting five days to even acknowledge his Nobel Prize, Bob Dylan is already over it. The singer appears to have deleted the single sentence on his official website that stated he was a "winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature," which had marked Dylan's only public acknowledgement of the award since he was announced the winner last Thursday.
The sentence initially appeared in all caps atop a page promoting his new book of lyrics, The Lyrics: 1961-2012. Now, the nod is nowhere to be seen.
No reason was given for the blurb's removal, though perhaps its disappearance isn't so surprising given Dylan's silence on the award so far. Though Dylan performed a concert on the very day he was announced the winner, he didn't say anything about the prize. The Swedish Academy announced Monday it had given up trying to contact Dylan after numerous unsuccessful attempts to confirm his attendance at its banquet honoring the Nobel winners in December.