Photographer's Note

This shot is from the middle of our trip, driving north from Santa Fe, NM to Denver, CO. We took the long route, to the west of the Rockies and then cutting over through them. Along the way, we drove through the San Luis Valley, a pretty empty stretch of grassland and ranchland bounded by mountains. We were chasing a rainstorm most of the way (and we eventually caught up with it), so evidence of the rain was everywhere, including this brilliant, clear and unobstructed rainbow (and its somewhat less clear, larger companion) in a grassfield to the east. The sun was out behind us, bathing the grass in a golden light, and there was no way I wasn't stopping the car to try to capture it.

The rainbows themselves were too big for the widest angle of my 18-55mm lens, so I had to stitch two shots together to get this one. I couldn't get more of that fence in due to the large crop sprinkler that started just out of frame and stretched down the road a ways (later shot).

The title is a reference to a structure much farther east, actually, which I've posted a shot of before: St. Louis, MO's beautiful Gateway Arch.

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 884 W: 75 N: 1695] (7511)
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