Ripping over Marina Green

The water vapor was very cool, too bad I had a crummy lens on.


Edit: See Contrail Creation #2 on Wikipedia for a discussion of this effect: "The wings of an airplane cause a drop in air pressure in the vicinity of the wing (this is partly what allows a plane to fly). This drop in air pressure brings with it a drop in temperature, which can cause water to condense out of the air and form a contrail but only at higher altitudes. At lower altitudes, this phenomenon is also known as Ectoplasm. Ectoplasm is more commonly seen during high energy manouvers like those of a fighter jet, or on jet liners during takeoff and landing, at areas of very low pressure, including over the wings, and often around turbo-fan intakes on takeoff."

  • Richard Clark PRO 9y

    Well I might as well just delete my Blue Angels shots, this is clearly the winner.
  • Jef Poskanzer PRO 9y

    Excellent. I saw this effect a couple times but didn't even come close to capturing it.
  • John Martinez PRO 9y

    Yeah, at least somebody caught it! Good job! I was changing my darned CF card when they did this one! D'oh!
  • Jim Roger Webb PRO 9y

    I rarely bother to stop when browsing Explore..but I had to see this one larger. Fantastic!!
  • Andrew Fitzhugh 9y

    I was curious why we only saw this effect once, I believe, in all the fly-bys, so I checked out Wikipedia for some info (added to the description). Looks like we were treated to a "high energy manouver" :-).

    GlenC was fortunate to catch it too:
8 faves
Taken on October 7, 2006
  • ƒ/6.3
  • 200.0 mm
  • 1/500
  • 100
  • Flash (off, did not fire)
  • Show EXIF
This photo is in 2 groups
This photo is in 3 albums

Additional info

  • Viewing this photo Public
  • Safety level of this photo Safe
  • S Search
    Photo navigation
    < > Thumbnail navigation
    Z Zoom
    B Back to context