September 7, 2015 1:07 PM EDT

Even in slow motion, lightning moves quickly. But new video footage from National Park Service ranger Erin Whittaker gives fans of the outdoors a closer look at what happens when stormy weather moves into the Grand Canyon. Tourists who make plans to visit the national park probably cross their fingers for good, photo-taking weather, but as this brief clip shows, the views can be just as stunning even when it’s not all blue skies.

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