Video: the moment lightning strikes the Grand Canyon


Amazing pic as lightning strikes the Grand Canyon

This is the incredible moment a fierce lightning bolt crashed against the Grand Canyon, illuminating the steep canyon walls. SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO

Shrouded in darkness, the breathtaking landscape was shocked into life as Mother Nature sent the bolt storming down to Earth.

As it cracked against the rocks, the bright blue bolt illuminated the South Rim of the canyon, considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

With just the Desert View Watchtower in the foreground, the lightning was perfectly framed by the canyon, which is located in Arizona, US.

The once-in-a-lifetime shot, captured by photographer Travis Roe, was taken last year but has only just surfaced after he submitted the image to the US Department of the Interior.

The DOI, the government agency tasked with protecting US land, water and wildlife, runs an annual photo contest called Share the Experience.

They revealed Travis' stunning entry to the contest has become one of the most liked and viewed photographs they have ever released.

The agency recently became a web hit with its incredible photos, gaining over 40,000 followers on its Instagram page in the process.

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and a mile deep. It was created at least 17 million years ago as the Colorado River and its tributaries sliced through layer after layer of rock, cutting their channels while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted.

Related articles

Woman terrifies her mother with Grand Canyon prank photo

Terrifying moment couple's Florida beach wedding is struck by lightning

Man captures lightning strike on camera in 'near death' experience

Weird weather and strange phenomena around the world

Weird weather and strange phenomena around the world