If you enjoy seeing Mother Nature’s finest work, then you’re going to love this rare spectacle seen on a mountain in Siberia.
Far too often we forget how truly mind-blowing and beautiful Mother Nature can be. However, there are moments when she works to reminds us and this was one of them. While not something many gets to experience in their lifetimes someone was actually able to capture these amazing images.
This happening near the end of the year is a wonderful sight as we move into the New Year. Svetlana Kazina according to Siberian Times was the person behind these breathtaking images. She happens to live in the Altai Mountains and noticed the glowing sky just over what is known as Belukha Mountain.
The images show thin clouds resembling soap bubbles in their many vibrant colours.
Cloud iridescence or irisation is a colorful optical phenomenon that occurs in a cloud and appears in the general proximity of the Sun or Moon. The colors resemble those seen in soap bubbles and oil on a water surface. It is a type of photometeor.
You might on occasion see a rainbow-like cloud. They’re fairly rare, but people do spot them, and sometimes they’re lucky enough to capture photos of them. They’re caused by the presence of very tiny ice crystals or water droplets in the air, which cause light to be diffracted (spread out).
‘The wind at this height was so strong that the cloud ‘lace’ changed every second.’
The Altai Mountains in southern Siberia include some of Russia’s most stunning scenery, a haven for travelers who want to escape from the modern world.
The Altai were formed during the great orogenic (mountain-building) upthrusts occurring between 500 and 300 million years ago and were worn down, over geologic time, into a peneplain (a gently undulating plateau with generally accordant summit heights).
The mountain range itself is majestic, but the sights that can be seen in Siberia’s Switzerland, as it is lovingly called, are unlike anywhere else in the world.
These delicate clouds look like ethereal jellyfish, floating through a sky of diamonds. I can only imagine how it felt to see these incredible works of natural art in person, with my own eyes. The photos are amazing, but imagine seeing it for yourself.
These clouds in themselves are quite unique for a number of reasons. While their appearance is clearly something special they are known as rainbow clouds or iridescent clouds. They happen when sunlight scatters through water droplets in the atmosphere. Because these clouds were so thin, it was the perfect environment for the spectacle to occur.