Photos: DC Henge, such as it was, the moon and special bonus storm

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‘Washington Monument – Old Glory Aflame – 09-22-10′
courtesy of ‘mosley.brian’

Yesterday had the potential to be a squee-worthy afternoon for DC photographers. The first day of autumn meant the possibility of spectacular light as the sun set directly along the east-west axis of the city’s streets during an event we have come to know as DC Henge, and shortly after that, the harvest moon was set to rise in alignment with the major monuments along the mall. Both are twice-yearly events that drive the photographers wild, but to have both happen on the same day is pretty unusual.

So of course, something had to go wrong. In this case, storm clouds conspired to obscure the moon until it had risen well past the Capitol Dome, and haze kept the sun’s brightest rays a bit dimmer than we’ve seen in recent days. But, because there is always a silver lining in every cloud, that storm gave up some spectacular lightning bolts for the photographers conveniently already in place along the mall. Below the jump, a collection shots featuring the moon, the sun, the storm and other signs of the apocalypse:

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‘Washington Skyline – Quadruple Strike – 09-22-10′
courtesy of ‘mosley.brian’

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‘Here Comes the Storm’
courtesy of ‘Karon’

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‘Harvest Moon Thunderstorm’
courtesy of ‘MudflapDC’

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‘Harvest Moon Thunderstorm’
courtesy of ‘MudflapDC’

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courtesy of ‘erin m’

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courtesy of ‘kimberlyfaye’

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‘M St DC-Henge’
courtesy of ‘Tony DeFilippo’

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‘Good evening’
courtesy of ‘erin m’

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‘last dc henge moments’
courtesy of ‘amarino17′

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‘pre dc henge sunset’
courtesy of ‘amarino17′

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‘harvest moon shroud’
courtesy of ‘philliefan99′

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‘harvest moon light trails’
courtesy of ‘amarino17′

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‘quiet reflection’
courtesy of ‘philliefan99′


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‘lunar peek-a-boo’
courtesy of ‘philliefan99′

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‘the moon finally shows up’
courtesy of ‘philliefan99′

Erin McCann

Erin takes pictures. Lots of them. And then she tweets about them.

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