This is a rare meteorological phenomenon called a ‘SKY PUNCH’. When people see these,they think it’s the end of the world. Ice crystals form above the high-altitude cirro-cumulo-stratus clouds,then fall downward, punching a hole in the cloudcover.
I want to get a picture of lightning. I'm never in the right place at the right time with my camera. There are very few thunderstorms in Wyoming. To capture the color purple is a millisecond rare twinkling of an eye photo.
MAMMATUS clouds are most often associated with the anvil cloud & severe thunderstorms. They often extend from the base of a cumulonimbus but may also be found under altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus, & cirrus clouds as well as volcanic ash clouds^
SUNSET AT THE NORTH POLE- A scene you will probably never get to see, so take a moment and enjoy God at work at the North Pole . This is the sunset at the North Pole with the moon at its closest point. And, you also see the sun below the moon.
In pictures: Lonely planets, charred Soyuz and Martian tracks
Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope shows a stellar nursery containing thousands of young stars and developing protostars near the sword of the constellation Orion. Massive stars light up the Orion nebula, the bright region near the center of the image.
The stunning image is of a rainbow cloud, captured above Mt Everest by Oleg Bartunov whilst on an expedition in the Himalayas, Nepal. The amazing rainbow effect is created when tiny ice crystals in the water vapour of the clouds reflect the sunlight.