American Airlines Boeing 757-200 on final approach to Juan Santamaria International Airport.
While not the most colorful of images, this picture taken by Bernal Saborio illustrates one of the biggest phenomenons in aviation: wake turbulence.
As an avid fan of aviation and automotives, I was fascinated by the beauty of wake turbulence. In short, wake turbulence is turbulence generated by an aircraft as it passes through the air. It is highly studied due to the dangers it poses to aircraft that might fly into a prior plane’s wake turbulence.
Additionally, it gives stunning visuals; whether intentional (experiments designed by scientists) or natural (a plane flying through a cloud). In this image, the viewer is not drawn immediately to the plane, but to the clouds disturbed by the turbulence the plane left behind. The clouds look like they have formed wings themselves.
Image: AA B752
Source: Bernal Saborio Flickr