It goes without saying that the Grand Canyon is one of the most photogenic places on Earth.
Just stop and think about all of the incredible photographs you’ve seen of the Canyon. The seemingly endless cliffs and valleys help us realize how spectacular nature is and just how small we all are. Pair something as impressive as the Grand Canyon with the drama of a thunderstorm, and you’re in for one heck of a show.
Though located in the arid climate of northern Arizona, the Grand Canyon is subject to two wet seasons each year. Seasonal changes in weather often push up dense waves of humidity from the southeast that combine with the natural heat of the Canyon to create dramatic and intense thunderstorms. Often, these storms become localized and remain in a specific spot, making the rain and lightning even more fascinating.
LA-based visual effects artists Evan Halleck was on a trip to the Grand Canyon recently when he decided to create this time lapse. The coolest part about it is that he managed to capture an isolated thunderstorm that just sort of forms and dissipates in place over the Canyon.
Between the rocks, sunset, and clouds, the palette of colors here is really incredible. It’s pretty fascinating to see the contrast between the smooth movements of the clouds and the sharp stabs of lightning. See it for yourself below and SHARE if you respect the power and beauty of nature.
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