CHIANGRAI TIMES – If Isres Chorphaka had hoped to capture a heavenly vision, he had come to right place.
The photographer saw this incredible angelic figure emerge from a dark, ominous sky as he visited a Buddhist temple in Thailand.
He feared a storm was brewing when he saw heavy clouds closing in. But he was stunned when rays of sunshine poured through gaps to form the stunning picture.
Mr Chorphaka, 51, had been visiting The Grand Palace in Bangkok, the Thai capital, when the ethereal image appeared.
He said: ‘I went with one of my friends to take photos at the palace’s Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
‘After a few hours we decided to leave and when we were almost at the exit I saw the sky was going to close like it was going to rain.
‘Sunrays sneaked though gaps between clouds. It was so beautiful so I stopped and took photos.
‘Suddenly clouds moved further and formed an angel-like formation over the Grand Palace.
‘It was incredible, I said to my friend, “look, the angel blesses.”
‘There were a few hundred people at the spot but I didn’t know how many saw it.
‘I was also lucky because the Grand Palace in the foreground made the photo more dramatic.
‘The phenomenon happened in less than 10 seconds. Luckily it was enough for me to get few photos before it disappeared.
‘It was not only the best photo of that day but also the best photo I have ever taken.’