07/20/2015 01:55 EDT | Updated 07/20/2016 05:59 EDT

Lightning bolt strike over St-Joseph's Oratory caught on camera

When Lori Bellerdine got word of a thunderstorm warning Sunday night, she knew she had a chance to capture the kind of photograph she'd envisioned for years. 

Her Montreal apartment has a perfect view of the St-Joseph's Oratory, so she set up her camera, equipped with a lightning trigger, and pointed it toward the historic city landmark.

"I was waiting and praying, and basically that's how it happened," said Bellerdine, explaining that she's not a professional photographer, but considers the hobby one of her "passions."

"When I saw it on my camera after I thought it looked fake, it looked like it was Photoshopped."

Environment Canada issued a weather warning after thunderstorms rolled into the area yesterday evening. The storms triggered flight delays at Montreal's Trudeau Airport.