A trick of nature briefly cast this glowing band of orange light across the sky above a mountain range after sunset. The bold light - known as alpenglow - illuminated Cathedral Peak, which was reflected onto the glass-like surface of a lake below. Photographer Mark Brodkin, 45, captured the scene at the Yosemite National Park in California, United States. It took him five hours to reach the isolated spot - but the beautiful sky show only lasted for a few minutes. Alpenglow is an optical phenomenon in which a horizontal red glowing band is observed on the horizon opposite to the sun. This effect occurs when the sun is just below the horizon. Since the sun is below the horizon, there is no direct path for the light to reach the mountain.
© Mark Brodkin/Solent News & Photo Agency
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