Introducing the 'snow cloud': Photographer Matteo Zanvettor left 'walking in the air' in the AlpsCaters


A photographer was left on cloud nine after a trip to the Alps almost ruined by extreme weather produced stunning pics of him appearing to be stood on a "cloud".

The optical illusion left keen snapper Matteo Zanvettor, 41, feeling on top of the world just as gusts of wind up to 100kmph threatened to put a halt to his trip.

Matteo and pal Edoardo Brotto were about to retreat, but couldn't believe their luck when the winds whipped the frozen snow into a frenzy - and made it look just like a cluster of clouds.

Matteo, from Merano, Italy, took the incredible images on a trip to the Italian Alps last week and was stunned with the spectacular results.

He said: "I've never been on top of a mountain with such strong winds - I was worried we might have to turn back but we decided to carry on.

"We got to Lagazuoi, which is part of the Ampezzo Dolomites in the Italian Alps.

"As soon as we arrived the gusts of wind were making it hard to get good shots but we soon discovered it was creating an unusual haze above the snow.

"It really felt like we were on a cloud which merged together with all the others in the sky.

"It was kind of a surreal aspect to photography and something I will probably never be able to experience again."

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