The beauty of Big Bend National Park changes throughout the year. Winter brings a serenity that few experience in this expansive park. Lower humidity brings a particular brilliance to the dark skies with many more stars visible than one typically sees in the warmer months. In this simple scene, the hypnotic star trails around Polaris are the focal point. The desert landscape in silhouette highlights the rugged skyline. The shape, color, and texture of the barren Ocotillo add interest and depth to the scene.