First, about what we actually have here. The photo, recently released by the U.S. Air Force (USAF), was snapped at the end of August over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, more precisely at the Malemute drop zone. The pic captures an instance of an airborne operation flight conducted by the soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 11th Airborne Division (aka Arctic Angels). For their mission, they had to jump out of a perfectly fine C-17 Globemaster III.
And they did just that, and it was probably serious business, but the postures this image captured the soldiers in make us wonder if the paratroopers didn’t decide to pose for the camera, or for the fun of it. That, or this is one strange manifestation of pareidolia.
From the bottom up, these eyes see the following: a couple of cows (or whatever animal your mind phantoms) fighting for balance and a glimpse of terra firma as they dangle from their parachutes, heads down; further back and slightly up, we have a human sitting on an invisible chair, facing away from said cows; even further, two indistinct shapes.
The cherry on the cake is the soldier in the uppermost part of the photo, who seems to be walking through air, both on account of his position mid-air, and the fact that his parachute is off camera.
Again, we don’t know if the soldiers of the 2nd did this on purpose (paratroopers are known to make a spectacle of their jumps from time to time), but what resulted is definitely worthy of an entry in our Photo of the Day coverage.