Fires, wind, and rain over millennia sculpt the shapes and textures of the desert badlands. The removal of extraneous rock and dirt often exposes strange and delightful rock formations. In this scene, the foreground rocks rest on fragile pedestals while the hoodoos add height. Light painting enhances the textures while drama is created by dark shadows. The circular lines of the star trails contrast with the softer irregular shapes and patterns of the earth below. The cold blue sky with a hint of purple contrasts pleasantly with the warm earth tones.