| images by john ecker, pantheon photography

Gateway Arch and Water Fountain, St. Louis, Mphoto by John Ecker, Pantheon Photographyissouri,

GATEWAY ARCH, AND WATER FOUNTAIN, ST. LOUIS MISSOURI:  Here’s another shot of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.  (See my Gateway Arch and Fire Hydrant shot here.)   Those tiny windows at the top are on the observation deck.  For a fee, visitors can take a tramway from either end of the base and travel to the top in egg-shaped compartments.  The Arch was opened to the public in 1967.  It was designed by architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel.  I loved the symmetry between the shape of the arch and the arc of the water from the fountain.   Fun fact: The Arch is a structure known as a catenary curve, the shape a free-hanging chain takes when held at both ends, and considered the most structurally-sound arch shape.  Shot handheld with a Nikon D40X, Nikkor AF-S 18-200 lens at 63mm, f18, 1/160 sec. ISO 400.  Photo by John Ecker     |     pantheon photography

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