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Illuminated in vivid blue and dwarfing neighbouring buildings, the Eiffel Tower's impact on the Paris skyline was already dramatic.
But Mother Nature clearly felt she could lend the scene a little added pizzazz.
This remarkable shot of a forked lightning bolt streaking through the sky behind the 1,063ft iron tower was captured by amateur photo grapher Bertrand Kulik.
The 31-year-old from Paris - which is known as the City of Light - said: 'The weather was dry and the sky appeared to be completely clear, but suddenly it started to thunder.
'I quickly grabbed my camera and put it on a tripod by the window in the hope I could get an action picture - but I never thought I would get such a magnificent shot.'
Originally posted by SatoriTheory
For some unknown reason, as soon as I saw the pic, it made me think of the blue horse at Denver International Airport. Weird.