A photographer from the U.K. snapped a photo of a rare weather phenomenon that has an other-worldly composition resembling an angel in the clouds.
Lee Howdle was hiking on Mam Tor, a hill in the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire, central England, when he saw his larger-than-life shadow set against a low-hanging cloud.
Armed with his camera, Howdle snapped a few photos of the rainbow halo that glowed around his shadow.
“My shadow looked huge. It was in this circular rainbow,” Howdle told the South West News Service, reported by KTTV.
“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.”
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Howdle posted the image to social media, explaining that what he had photographed has a name: the Brocken Spectre, named after a peak in the Harz Mountains in Germany called Brocken.
The Brocken Spectre is visible when a person is “standing with the sun at your back, gazing at your own haloed shadow cast on fog,” according to EarthSky.
“Sometimes I Think I Am Lucky,” Howdle captioned his photo. “Today I Saw This Rare Weather Phenomenon Called [Brocken] Spectre. My Shadow And A Circular Rainbow Projected Onto A Low Cloud.”
Though the image is indeed only a shadow, the photo serves as a reminder of the One — the God who created the heavens and the earth — who is sovereign over his creation.
The photographer said he felt blessed after witnessing such a splendor of nature.
“I have never seen this before in my life. I read about it once on the internet,” he told SWNS. It’s really amazing and I feel very blessed to have captured such a magical moment.”https://t.co/kqktbH1Abi
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“I have never seen this before in my life,” Howdle said.
“I read about it once on the internet.”
The moment, preserved forever through Howdle’s lens, seems to have left a mark on the photographer’s heart.
“It’s really amazing and I feel very blessed to have captured such a magical moment,” Howdle said.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.