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Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 09/03/2012

Monumental lightning strikes over Washington, D.C. skyline (PHOTO)

Lightning bolts over Washington, D.C., Saturday night, September 1, 2012 (see full size) (Brian MK Allen)
How often do you see a photograph of three cloud-to-ground lightning bolts against a backdrop of four of Washington, D.C.’s iconic landmarks: the Lincoln, the Jefferson, the Washington Monument and the Capitol?

Photographer Brian MK Allen accomplished this feat Saturday night.

“I took the photo from my apartment in Rosslyn,” Allen said.

He added: “Took only about 100-150 attempts to time it right (using a 3-5 second exposure). Just got very lucky.”

Related: Lightning near Mt. Vernon Square in Washington, D.C. Saturday night

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