Earlier this month Japanese CG artist and photographer Yutaka Kagaya (previously) was perched atop a hill in the village of Oshino near the foot of Mt. Fuji. This, as it turned out, happened to be the right place at the right time for a rare, magical moment. That moment occurred when cloud iridescence appeared in the sky. The occurrence of colors in clouds is itself a fairly uncommon phenomenon. But the magic happened when a plane suddenly passed through the clouds, leaving behind rainbow-colored contrails.
Kagaya was ready with his camera and snapped several pictures, two of which he posted to his twitter account. The photographer, who has a passion for all things celestial, admits that even he had never seen something like this before.