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Peter Lowenstein

It looked like the sun set twice

A lone, small, very brightly illuminated passing cloud – at the exact point where the sun was going down – caused the illusion of a double sunset.

Rat-shaped cloud, with virga

“What was interesting … was the development of a small upside-down cumulus on the underside of the cloud head from which delicate curtains of virga could be seen descending.”

Skies after Tropical Storm Dineo

The storm made landfall near Mozambique in southeast Africa this week, causing at least 7 deaths. Hundreds of miles away, Peter Lowenstein captured strange and shifting skies.

Venus and a cloud shadow

Another sunset spectacle from Peter Lowenstein’s hilltop perch above Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Patterns in mammatus clouds

On December 4, it remained dry in Mutare, Zimbabwe, despite a spectacular attempt to rain!

Close lightning strike with slow motion

See video of a close and loud lightning strike. “It gave me a fright as the flash was bright and was accompanied by a very loud bang!” Video here.

The kiss

Elephants are known to wrap their trunks around each other, much as humans shake hands or give a hug. They rub their bodies against each other to show affection.

Fiery sunset clouds over Zimbabwe

These sunset clouds resemble the real dry season fires going on in Zimbabwe at this time of year.

Watch Mercury and Venus set

What are the odds? Peter Lowenstein caught Venus and Mercury on the evening of their conjunction – July 16, 2016 – setting through a thin break in the clouds.

Watch 5 moonsets over Zimbabwe

Moonset at 5 different points on the horizon, at 5 different moon phases, from a young moon to the June 20 full moon at Zimbabwe’s winter solstice.