Photo of angel-shaped cloud goes viral

Danny Ferraro

When Danny Ferraro and his wife were driving along a Texas highway to a meeting, they weren’t in the best of moods. But suddenly, Ferraro saw something in the vast blue sky that lifted his spirits and gave him hope. Up in the sky was a cloud formation that Ferraro quickly determined looked uncannily like an angel.

He grabbed his cell phone and snapped a picture through the car’s front windshield so he could have proof of what he saw. When he got home, he posted it on his Facebook page.

“How awesome is that?” he captioned the photo.

It didn’t take long for him to find out what the world thought of his “Texas Angel.”

Since posting his photo on social media, the image has been shared more than 6,000 times and hundreds of people have left comments. Many agreed with Ferraro’s interpretation of what he saw in the clouds. One Facebook user named Erin even thanked the man for sharing a “beautiful blessing.”

Others, however, claim there’s a more scientific explanation behind the image captured in the clouds. One Facebook user, Rob, wrote about the phenomenon of looking into the clouds and finding patterns out of randomness, something that is known as pareidolia.

Meanwhile, an ABC Action News meteorologist from Tampa, Florida, also weighed in. Shay Ryan explained that the cloud formation had been made by cumulus clouds rising in daytime heat — a common, natural phenomenon.

cumulus clouds photo
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But in the end, we all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Of course, Ferraro isn’t the first person to spot a cloud shaped like something recognizable. Instagram is full of cool pictures of clouds.

User Sarah Sutherland-Rowe shared a photo this cute little cloud shaped like a heart:

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Instagrammer Marlene Harden posted this stunning photo of clouds coming together to form an arrow against the bright blue sky:

Instagram user Kathryn Norby likened this cloud formation to a fetus attached to its umbilical cord:

What do you see when you look up at the clouds?

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Marie Rossiter
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