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Stunning iridescent clouds snapped above skies of Siberia’s Belukha mountain



The beauty and splendor created by Mother Nature can literally leave you speechless and fill you with joy. She loves playing with the clouds and winds where her creations can change in a minute, or linger, be dramatic, even scary. If you don’t keep an eye on the skies, you might miss her fun, whimsical and often fleeting creations.

Photographer Svetlana Kazina lives in the spectacularly scenic Altai Mountains in Siberia and was lucky enough to photograph a rare natural phenomenon of the glowing sky over Belukha Mountain, at 4,506 meters (14,783ft), the highest peak in Siberia.

The images show thin clouds, changing shapes with vibrant rainbow colours or those seen in soap bubbles, playing on them.

Cloud iridescence or irisation is a colorful optical phenomenon that takes place when a cloud is in the general vicinity of the Sun or Moon, where the light creates a reflection or refraction on the cloud. The colors resemble those seen in soap bubbles and oil on water.

Rainbow-like clouds are rare and some people have been fortunate to capture photos of those too. They are caused by the presence of tiny ice crystals or water droplets which diffract (spread out) the light.

The Altai Mountains were formed some 300 to 500 million years ago and worn down over time into a majestic mountain range with sights unlike any other on our planet. If not already on yours, it is definitely worthy of top spot on any bucket list.

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