Amazing Nature

By Jamie Smith

This is the moment an incredible rainbow HALO surrounded the shadow of a plane in the clouds above Europe.

The shadowy image of the plane high above the clouds was circled by a colourful halo – produced by light interacting with ice crystals suspended in the atmosphere.

The stunning snap was taken by photographer Julia Sundukova, from Russia, during a flight to Amsterdam.

As her plane turned, its shadow was reflected in the clouds and surrounded by a bright glowing rainbow halo.

Julia, 33, said: “I took this picture from the plane, just before landing in Amsterdam.

Pic by Julia Sundukova/Caters News 

“I always like the clouds, sky and sun, and often photograph them from the plane.

“But nothing could have predicted this beauty.

“Luckily I had my camera ready when I spotted this!

Pic by Julia Sundukova/Caters News 

“The plane was turning a little bit, and as it did the rainbow halo with a plane in the middle appeared.

“I’ve never seen anything like it before.