Remarkable cloud formation bears striking resemblance to dragon slain by St George

Could this curious cloud formation be the dragon slain by St George?

With its large snout and blackened eyes, the furious looking dragon appears to breath fire as it stares from the sky in a bizarre cloud formation.

Captured at dusk the red sky adds a fiery hue to the clouded creature giving it an uncanny likeness to the fire breathing dragon slain by St George, the patron Saint of England, in the famous legend.

Could this curious cloud formation be the dragon slain by St George?

Could this curious cloud formation be the dragon slain by St George?

Amateur photographer Nicolas Locatelli, 20, captured the unusual cloud in the sky above Briones Regional Park, in California.

The student, from San Francisco, who snapped the photo on a Nikon D7100, says he didn’t even notice the striking cloud formation until he checked his camera when he got home.

The image went viral on Reddit after his friends suggested he upload it to the social network.

The furious looking dragon appears to breath fire as it stares from the sky in a bizarre cloud formation

The furious looking dragon appears to breath fire as it stares from the sky in a bizarre cloud formation

Nicolas said: “When I saw the image I was pretty intrigued.

“The way the sunset lit up the cloud at the mouth of the dragon made it look like flames were coming out of its mouth.

“The image was timed perfectly too. The image was taken with a zoom lens on a stormy day so the clouds were in the distance and moving quickly so I got really lucky taking this picture.

“The image was received very positively on Reddit.

“When my friends saw the image, I asked, “what do you see in this picture?” and they said “definitely a dragon breathing fire” and “it’s the dragon slain by St George.”

“I got a lot of positive and jovial feedback on the image.”

Nicolas Locatelli, 20, captured the unusual cloud in the sky above Briones Regional Park, in California

Nicolas Locatelli, 20, captured the unusual cloud in the sky above Briones Regional Park, in California

According to the legend, St George travelled to Libya, where he met an old hermit who told him a dragon had long ravaged the country, demanding the sacrifice of a beautiful maiden every day.

With the population of young girls decimated, the king’s daughter alone remained to be sacrificed, unless a knight could slay the dragon.

Determined to save the princess, he set out to slay the dragon, luring it from its cave upon his arrival.

But after falling from his horse, St George evaded the dragon’s attack by hiding under an enchanted orange tree before recovering his strength and killing the beast with his sword.

The slaying of the dragon by St George, a brave Roman soldier who protested against the Romans’ torture of Christians, was first credited to him in the twelfth century, long after his death.

In the Middle Ages the dragon was commonly used to represent the Devil.