This spectacular phenomenon is called a lenticular cloud and was caught by photographer Denis Budkov. The mountain is the highest of the Kamchatca peninsula in Russia.
Lenticular clouds form when a tall geographic feature, such as the the top of a mountain, interrupts a strong upward-flowing wind.
The blocked airflow creates a ‘wind wave’ pattern in the atmosphere on the downwind side of the mountain.
Just as a rock in a stream will form ripples downstream, a similar effect occurs in the air – with the clouds forming at the peaks of the waves.
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