Photo © Audrey Jeane

Honorable mention


by Nicki Frates

For two weeks out of the year, the sun aligns just right with Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park where the waterfall glows like lava a few minutes before sunset. To get prime real estate for this shot, I set up my tripod six hours before sunset along the bank of the Merced river with over 200 other photographers. I waited for the swirling mist to rise up the waterfall, and on the second evening produced this magical image.