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    Posted November 3, 2013 by
    St. Augustine, Florida
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    Partial Solar Eclipse viewed from St. Augustine, Florida


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     RichardHay said he's seen other eclipses in the past, both lunar and solar, but this one was unique 'because the sky was so dramatic with the clouds out on the horizon.' He shot these from the St. Augustine Beach Pier in Florida between 6:30 and 7:30 a.m., using a Nikon D5100 DSLR on a tripod with a UV filter. 'It was great to see so many others make their way onto the beach to witness this eclipse ... Seeing everyone standing there looking towards the sunrise reminded me of the Nicholas Cage/Meg Ryan film 'City of Angels' ... where all the angels are all on beach basking in the rising sun.'
    - dsashin, CNN iReport producer

    Rising from my warm bed at just after 4 AM this morning I loaded my photography gear into my pick-up and started the one hour drive to the St. Augustine Beach Pier.

    My ultimate goal going out in the brisk morning air was to catch site of the rare Partial Solar Eclipse that would be visible as the Sun rose on the 3rd of November 2013.

    As I arrived at the pier I unloaded my gear, locked the truck and headed to select a spot to observe the Eastern horizon.

    The sky was already become lighter and the clock was ticking towards sunrise as others gathered on the beach to observe this celestial phenomenon.

    Although there were clouds low on the horizon there was a nice break in them before a second layer of clouds closed the gap.

    Little did we know those clouds would make our view of the eclipse much more dramatic.
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