Standing under the stars evokes in me such strong emotions. Even now as I think about the immensity of the universe and my seemingly insignificant place in it I am moved to tears. I don’t mind feeling small. In fact, spending time in the wild, helps keep me humble.You know that slow chime-like sound that many nature programs play when showing images of the stars? That is what I hear when I am out here. It comes in waves, but in general it remains slow and constant, definitely dignified. It is food for my soul and I feel so connected and close to my Creator when I am out here. Capturing these moments and sharing them is part of my purpose here. It certainly brings me great joy and the solitude of the night is like medicine.It would do us all good to go about life with a more empathetic viewpoint. Just like watching the stars, slowly observe those around us and treat them all with dignity. We all have purpose. All our lives have meaning, even those with whom we disagree. By one simple act or with a few words, you can encourage someone else’s meaning. Conversely, you can remove someone’s feelong of purpose by a few careless words. We humans make big deals out of meaningless things and we minimize things we should prioritize. Now, more than ever, we need to take a hard look at what truly matters. Next time you’re out under the stars, look up. Look up and feel small. Take that humility and turn around and make someone else feel big!I captured this image in August of 2019 on Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park. Photographing the night sky is one of my favorite ways to spend time with my camera and our National Parks are one of my favorite places to be.