While I’m always in awe of nature, I love it when it surprises me. Last November on a clear night at Niobrara State Park, I situated myself on the bank of the Missouri River. As night fell, thousands of stars appeared above my head. However, in the water I noticed something special, the stars of the Big Dipper constellation (Ursa Major) were clearly visibly reflected. While other stars were visible, these stars appeared particularly bright. I particularly enjoyed the solitude on this evening and the scene that nature presented.