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.