Destructive Metamorphism

Snow formations, destructive metamorphism

Over time the mechanical strength of snow increases due to various forces acting on it, like weight or wind.  Individual ice grains bond in a process called “destructive metamorphism,” and snow takes on shapes that seem to defy gravity.

Jet Trail Peace Sign (?)

One winter day driving though Fort Wainwright Army Base near Fairbanks, Alaska I happened upon this strange formation in the sky.  Is it a jet trail peace sign made by a creative military pilot?  Or some kind of weird weather phenomenon…  Almost surely, I’ll never know.