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At first glance, these stunning pictures taken by a storm chaser appear to show a UFO landing in Germany – but all it not as it seems.
Having braved the wind and hail in a bid to capture something incredible, 27-year-old Maximilian Ziegler was left blown away by a beautiful cloud formation phenomena.
The photographer and surveyor with a degree in meteorology and climatology, from Ludwigsburg, Germany said he was full of adrenaline as he spotted the unusual skyline.
The weather watcher had tracked down the supercell at sunset rotating above the rolling hills of Öschelbronn near Stuttgart.
Maximilian said: “I’m fascinated by storms since my childhood and I love to chase them. I like to observe and research the cloud structure, the movement and the side effects of a thunderstorm.
“I had a good feeling that a nice storm would develop, so I drove to the east to cross the moving path of the storm.
“I found a good view to take pictures. It was perfect, the structure, the movement, the light. It was one of the best cloud formations I’ve ever seen.
“At this moment when I saw the storm coming, I was full of adrenaline but I was also concentrating on to capturing the event with my camera.
“When it came closer and closer, I drove to the north to be in front of the storm to take more pictures.
“But the storm was too fast and rolled over me. I drove to a petrol station to save my car because of the hail. After all, I was very satisfied to catch such an outstanding event with my camera.”