Ever since I can remember, my dad has tied flies for trout and salt water fishing. Even as a little kid, I loved the shapes, colors, textures and patterns of all the different feathers. They were just beautiful to me.
As an adult, I've become more enamored with the living, flying birds. I still simply find them fascinating and beautiful. The spectrum of colors, the iridescence, the ability to just take off and fly away - I just love them. Even the giant pelicans, which are living, visible proof that birds have evolved from lizards - stand in front of them and look into it's eyes, I dare you.