Photographer captures rare ethereal heavenly clouds in Siberia

Jan 26, 2020

Ole Henrik Skjelstad

Ole Henrik Skjelstad is a Norwegian math teacher and landscape photographer. He fell in love with photography in 2013 when he got a camera as a birthday present.

Photographer captures rare ethereal heavenly clouds in Siberia

Jan 26, 2020

Ole Henrik Skjelstad

Ole Henrik Skjelstad is a Norwegian math teacher and landscape photographer. He fell in love with photography in 2013 when he got a camera as a birthday present.

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Svetlana Kazina recently captured a series of stunning iridescent clouds above Belukha mountain, which is Siberia’s highest peak (4,506 metres/14,783ft). Svetlana lives in the Altai Mountains which is a mountain range in Central and East Asia where Russia, China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan come together.

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. Check out Wikipedia for more information.

Svetlana points out: On this day the wind was so strong that the clouds continually changed into various forms at times being so thin that they resembled lace. She tells  DIYP  that iridescent clouds are not uncommon where she lives, and those clouds can often be seen near the sun.  

The last image is shot with my cell phone on my way from work and illustrates, in this case, an amazingly big mother-of-pearl cloud which colors lasted roughly an hour. The colors grew in intensity as the sun sank lower behind the horizon.

I can perfectly well relate to Svetlana’s delight of capturing such amazingly colored clouds. Polar stratospheric clouds are a rare sight here in Norway.

Svetlana Kazina is a Russian photographer and landscape photographer. You can find more of Svetlana’s work and follow her on Facebook and Instagram. All images are shared with permission.

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6 responses to “Photographer captures rare ethereal heavenly clouds in Siberia”

  1. Sasha Volnikov Avatar
    Sasha Volnikov

    Mark Duncan now thats a cloud phenomen you might not have seen

  2. Deon Mackay Avatar
    Deon Mackay

    Love capturing them.
    Taken on the way to work one morning in Shelford Victoria Australia

  3. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
    Sergi Yavorski

    Come’on, we all know thosr are ascended spirits?

  4. Nita Jo Pearce Avatar
    Nita Jo Pearce

    Pure chemicals

    1. Pattesalve Avatar
      Pattesalve

      On with the tin foil hat!

  5. Stefan Radovic Avatar
    Stefan Radovic

    New Apple OS background? Lol