These incredible photographs look more like a scene from the end of the world than a winter sunrise.
The dramatic pictures were taken in north west Greenland by British Arctic photographers Bryan and Cherry Alexander.
The award-winning photographic pair were staying in the Inuit community of Qaanaaq, about 800 miles from the North Pole, when the apocalyptic cloud colouring began over Inglefield Bay.
‘It was just before dawn, around 10am, when an Inuit friend of mine whose house I was staying in came to my room and suggested that I take a look at the sky,’ Mr Cherry said.
‘I went outside and was stunned by the beautiful and dramatic cloud formation. I just couldn’t believe my eyes. I have worked in the Arctic regularly for the past 37 years and I had never seen the sky like it.’
The pictures show a thin layer of medium-level cloud that has been pummeled by winds churned up between the glaciers below.
‘You often see clouds repeating the shape of the ground below,’ a spokeswoman from the Met Office said.
‘The wind comes in from one side, is lifted up over the mountains and hits the clouds before coming down again. It’s a dramatic example of what is known as an orographic effect.’
The angle of the rising sun helped to highlight the different colours and intricate patterns.
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