This image captures the exhaust plume of a Falcon 9 rocket shortly after liftoff to in Cape Canaveral, FL. I enjoy this photo because it displays the transition of high-velocity laminar exhaust at the nozzle exit to a relatively low-velocity turbulent plume as the gases interact with each other and the surrounding atmosphere. When visualized in a single frame, you can see the laminar portion of the flow consists of neat and orderly lines of varying shades of orange, and as the flow separates further from the nozzle it becomes more chaotic and cloudlike. I’ve always had a knack for exhaust plumes, both from jet engines, and rockets. I find them very interesting visually and fascinating from an engineering and physics perspective.
The photographer, John Kraus, has an amazing portfolio of aerospace-related content. I recommend checking out some of his more recent work here
Photo Credit: John Kraus
Kraus, J. (2018, April). Falcon-9-Tess [April 2018]. John Kraus. https://www.johnkrausphotos.com/Galleries/Launches/Falcon-9-TESS/