What on Earth is happening in the sky?
A series of spectacular images of the sun were caught on camera this week from New York to Hawaii, with some saying they see angels, doves and crosses.
A photograph of Wednesday’s sunrise in Hawaii caught the attention of seasoned photographer Amy Langley from the town of Koloa on the island of Kauai.
“The sunrise was so beautiful on my way to work that I stopped on the side of the road and snapped a photo. And I got … this,” she said.
“Looks like an angel,” said one of Langley’s friends on Facebook. Others suggested: “Your guardian angel” as well as “an angel or a dove.”
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Langley told WND she photographed the sunrise at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday with her Samsung 5 phone while standing outside of her car, not looking through the windshield.
“The shape is only in the photo,” said Langley, a former photojournalist for a network television affiliate in Florida. “It looked like a normal giant pink sun [when taking the picture]!”
“I was mostly worried it looked like a giant breaking wave,” she added, believing it was a “total flare in the camera lens. It was incredibly bright, mixed with southern winds that push ‘vog,’ volcanic haze from a big island volcano across Hawaii.”
The same morning of Jan. 13 that Langley took her photo in Hawaii, Mechaele Loraff pulled her vehicle over in Buchanan, Michigan, to take a photo of the sunrise.
Once she looked at the photo, she noticed an obvious shape of a cross.
“I did not see it till after I took the picture,” Loraff told WND. “I was focused on the sunrise and the beam of light going straight up! The cloud reflecting in the shape of a cross was a bonus!”
Loraff’s photo of the sunrise cross went viral after she shared it with a meteorologist at a local TV station.
“I don’t really know what to say other than I am in shock and overwhelmed that my picture has gone all over the U.S. the past couple days,” she told WND. “I have never seen a light pillar before and the cloud reflecting the light from it and making it look like a cross just made it even more beautiful to me!”
Meanwhile, last Friday, Jan. 8, another woman, Erika Redner Winn of Pine Valley, New York, took a photo of a different solar cross on the horizon at sunset.
“I appreciate all of the love that this photo is getting,” Winn said. “The sunset, painted by my Jesus, gave me such peace and hope. … I pray that peace will touch everyone who feels that way about such a beautiful photo of such an amazing sky.”
Interestingly, the Bible uses morning solar terms to refer to divine beings such as angels and God Himself.
The fallen angel Lucifer is mentioned in the Old Testament, which states: “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn!” (Isaiah 14:12 New International Version)
And Jesus declared in the final book of Scripture: “I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” (Revelation 22:16 King James Version)
In Hawaii, Langley’s friends have provided a host of other possibilities and comments about the “angel” image, including:
- “Looks like a Pringle chip”
- “VIP stop sign”
- “North Korean Nuclear Test?”
- “Mickey Mouse”
- “Fortune cookie!”
- “A dragon. Must have escaped from the Game of Thrones”
- “This woke me up this morning, our whole room was glowing orange and this is right near our house, crazy beautiful!”
- “That is the craziest sunrise I have ever seen.”
- “Not sure what it is, but it is beautiful and really cool!”