My featured image for May continues my current obsession with aircraft contrails. This picture was taken at the Lick Observatory near San Jose California a few days ago. The many observatory domes at Lick house a variety of telescopes perched on top of a mountain beloved of crazy cyclists who sweat to the top in droves. To me, these domes are like the eyes of the earth looking towards the heavens – while I always imagine the people in planes flying overhead looking down at us: - so the combination of the two was simply irresistible.
Contrails are created at high altitude (they are actually made of ice) where planes are usually flying straight, so the curve of this particular contrail around the dome is a rarity that really makes the composition.