Mother Nature has always been fascinating people; there isn’t a person on this planet that has not been checking the sky and detecting all those unusual and at the same time familiar shapes in the clouds. All these magical sights now can be easily captured thanks to the modern technology, the camera lenses are so sharp and sophisticated showing us magnificent images in details.
Photographers are always on the look-out for the perfect photography and Lee Howdle is not any different from the rest of them. He was hiking in the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire, England, when he noticed a strange misty shadow, which he wanted to capture immediately.
This avid photographer explains this event:
“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.”
The UK Met Office has listed this phenomenon in their top 10 list of spookiest weather conditions. It is recognized under the name of “mountain specter” or a “Brocken specter” first being recorder at the Brocken Mountain in northern Germany, and thus earned its name.
According to experts mountainous areas are the perfect place to see Brocken specters because in order to capture one you need to be high in the mountain. This is how Howdle noticed one when he was standing on Mam Tor, a 1,696-foot hill in the High Peak area of the National Park. He was fascinated and felt blessed to be able to see such amazing natural phenomenon. This magnificent scene was also seen by other people from other parts of the world.
The observed phenomenon occurs in these circumstances:
“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. 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.”