Trisha Hawke, 44, had just dropped her nine-year-old daughter off at school when she spotted the unusual sight in the clouds over Accrington, Lancashire. The amateur photographer enjoys taking photographs of clouds, sunsets and general scenic shots every day but could not believe her eyes on this occasion. There is a clear shadow rising up from the skyline, with two separate clouds making what look like steps and a beam of sunlight either side.

Mother-of-four Ms Hawke said: “I always have my camera with me and usually take pictures every morning after dropping my daughter off at school. “The way the sun was coming through the clouds on this particular morning was really pretty and would have made a nice photo anyway but then I saw this really strange shape rising up from the skyline. READ MORE