Some of the same weather, in terms of wind, plagued us early at Big Bend NP. By the second day, the wind died and the clouds cleared to blue skies during the day and star filled skies at night. With almost zero ambient light, the night sky was incredible…with Jupiter and Saturn burning brightly. My impression of Big Bend is one of remoteness, stark beauty, and incredible diversity…from the Rio Grande River basin and Santa Elena Canyon, to the rugged deserts to the higher altitude Chisnos Basin. We spent the first few days photographing and hiking in the lower elevation desert areas…along the river and Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. We moved for the final few days to the Chisnos Basin, at 5000 plus feet, a greener and cooler environment. On the final morning, we photographed sunrise at one of the parks iconic locations – Balanced Rock.