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Uploaded 9-Jan-17
Taken 23-Oct-14
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Cahokian Eclipse

In late 2014, St Louis looked forward to the once in a lifetime sunset eclipse. Capturing the Arch and Sun in the same image involved finding an elevated position along a very narrow azimuth several miles away in order to keep the sun the same size as the Gateway Arch. Fortunately, 1,600 years ago, an unknown native American people built the largest and most complex archaeological site north of Mexico City. Today, historians call these earthworks, the Cahokia Mounds…a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the occulting moon covered the setting sun, heavy clouds obscured the celestial event. Undeterred, a small group of worshipers continued their chants and beating drums thereby carving out a fleeting window for this incredible view. The orange hues arise from the solar filter on the end of my 400mm lens.
Canon EOS 7D, f/9 @ 200 mm, 1/400, ISO 1000, No Flash

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Category:City Scenes
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Keywords:Weighted Catenary Arch, Cahokian Eclipse, Gateway Arch, Illinois, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Mississippi River, Missouri, Reflection, Silhouette, Skylines, St Louis, St Louis Arch, St Louis Arch at sunset, St Louis Arch at twilight, St Louis Eclipse at Sunset, St Louis Gift, St Louis Missouri Skyline, St Louis Skyline, St Louis Solar Eclipse, St Louis Sunset, St Louis Twilight, St Louis eclipse, St Louis point of interest, St Louis skyline reflection, Structural expressionism, Stunning Views, Sunset, skyline

A solar eclipse at sunset over the St Louis skyline and iconic Gateway Arch which briefly appeared between the clouds