We all know someone who looks up in the sky every time they go out. We are all trying to find distinctive shapes in the clouds.
Today, photographers have the perfect equipment to take the best shots. There’s always something exciting up there, and catching it on camera is always a good idea.
Lee Howdle was enjoying his hike in the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire, England. The photographer noticed something interesting in the clouds, and grabbed his camera at the same instance.
“My shadow looked huge. It was in this circular rainbow. I took some photos of it and carried on walking. It was like an angel in the sky over the hills, it was quite magical.
I have never seen this before in my life. I read about it once on the internet. It’s really amazing and I feel very blessed to have captured such a magical moment.”
Experts call it the “mountain spectre” or the “Broken spectre.” According to the UK Met Office, it belongs to their top 10 list of “spooky” weather conditions.
“This effect is produced when an observer stands above the upper surface of a cloud – on a mountain or high ground – with the sun behind them,” the agency explains. “When they view their shadow the light is reflected back in such a way that a spooky circular ‘glory’ appears around the point directly opposite the sun.”
The phenomenon was named after the Brocken Mountain in northern Germany. That’s where it was first noticed.
You can easily spot a Brocken spectre in the mountains. Now you have an extra reason to go to the mountains.
Howdle was hiking on the Mam Tor hill, at a 1,696 meters above sea level. It was a brilliant sight for the photographer, and he actually brought us closer to the natural phenomenon. Have you ever seen anything like this?