Washington Monument lights up sky on serene summer evening (PICTURES)

Temperatures dropping through the mid-80s joined up with lower humidity levels than D.C. has seen recently to provide a beautiful evening for the first lighting of the Washington Monument scaffolding.

The scaffolding is in place through 2014 as the Washington Monument undergoes repairs following the August 2011 earthquake that rocked the region. 488 lights are part of the temporary display. It is very bright compared to the normal lighting!

Below are several images of the new set of lights on the Washington Monument (in chronological order), plus two others from the delightful evening.

The sun sets over Virginia before the Monument lightning. (Ian Livingston)

The sun sets over Virginia before the Monument lightning. (Ian Livingston)

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The lights beginning to come on. I partly chose my location next to the Lincoln Memorial because fencing from the 4th of July is still across part of the reflecting pool and several tents were up near the foot of it as well. Getting higher allowed me to frame shots above both without much problem. (Ian Livingston)

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This was taken closer to the pool level compared to prior pictures. (Ian Livingston)

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A puddle from rain earlier in the day made for an interesting composition as I departed. (Ian Livingston)

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