Magical Iridescent Clouds Snapped above Skies of Siberia’s Belukha Mountain

Our planet is the most wonderful place to live in having the ability to still amaze us no matter how many centuries we are living in it. The Nature has its own uniqueness and when we have the luck to catch a glimpse of it and capture it with camera it is for sure something that will fulfill us for a long period of time. Thanks to the technologies nowadays moments can be captured on camera and other people can also enjoy all the beauty of Nature.

The photographs that caught the attention of millions of people all around the world are the ones taken by the photographer Svetlana Kazina. She lives in the Altai Mountains where the appearance of iridescent clouds, or rainbow clouds, can occur. It is a rare phenomenon of a group of colorful soap bubbles being created by tiny ice crystals or water droplets that spread out the light.

Their beauty is overwhelming and her photographs of them floating in the glowing sky over Belukha Mountain were extraordinary. The Siberia’s highest peak (4,506 metres/14,783ft) is on the Belukha Mountain.

Kazina became a resident in this area two decades ago when she quit her job and moved to the mountain village of Uznezya in Russia’s Altai Krai region. She moved with her two children in a wooden hut located in the breathtaking natural setting. This hut became their home and offered them the needed peace and harmony.

The Altai Mountains are a wonder of nature that had been created 300 to 500 million years ago. People come to this region to relieve their bodies from the stress as a result of the hectic modern life. Thanks to the magnificence and beauty of this region they receive tranquility.

Here it is how Kazina decided to move in this region:

I often visit the Belukha Mountain just because I really love it and the whole Katun ridge.

 [From where I live,] it’s a one-day trip by car to a nearby village, after which the road ends. Then, two days on foot or on horseback to the Ak-Kem valley and one more day to the foot of the Belukha Mountain. This mountain is not just the highest peak in Siberia, but a beautiful natural monument and shrine of the Altai Mountains, too. I love it for its unusual beauty and power.”

Some of the colorful clouds in the Altai Mountains

Kazina explains how she captured this rare phenomenon:

I captured the iridescent clouds on a frosty winter morning, standing on the frozen Ak-Kemlake. Iridescence is a fairly common phenomenon in our mountains. When photographing these clouds, I used a polarizing filter to make the formations even clearer.

Rainbow clouds are a rare optical phenomenon when thin clouds close to the Sun change to spectral colors. The clouds in my photos are so thin that they look more like lace. The wind at this height was so strong that the cloud ‘lace’ changed every second.”

She took these spectacular images with a camera but we would not be millennials if we did not use the phone and took another shot of this wonder of nature. She said:

 “[It was] an amazingly big mother-of-pearl cloud which was colorful for roughly an hour. The colors grew in intensity as the sun sank lower behind the horizon.”