Big Bend National Park lies in West Texas, surrounded by mountains and the Chihuahuan Desert. It’s one of the least-visited national parks in the country, according to the National Parks Service.
For those simply passing through, it can be hard to capture the spirit of the place — which is why photographer James H. Evans moved there in 1988, and has never left.
"The big difference of living out here is that in the city the stars are on the ground, and here the stars are in the sky," Evans says on the phone.
After camping in the area a few times, Evans moved to Marathon, a small town of fewer than 500 people near the outskirts of the park. As much as the landscape moved him, he said he was mostly inspired by the people — ranchers, Kickapoo Native Americans, and the large Hispanic population who call West Texas home.
Photo Credit: James H. Evans