The way the feathers lay smooth on a sandhill crane.
Primaries, secondaries, tertials. Feathers that work together for the purpose of dance, lift-off and flight. A wing that took eons to create.
As a land planner, one of my motives is the creation and protection of native habitat for birds. Although I strive to replicate what I see in nature, it's tough to mimic what took millions of years to create. I do the best that I can.
Maybe that's why I'm drawn to origami? I can meditatively fold a square piece of paper into a crane in five minutes or less. Not as beautiful as the original, but a beautiful symbol of the real deal.