They are part of a larger process, they come about and play their role from a infinitely complex system of meteorology and geology and so on. That reminds me that we are each a part of some wider story and are connected, that is mostly what drives me to photograph them.
As for the beautiful, their formal qualities appeal my eye and I enjoy structuring them into a whole. To walk onto a scene like this one with a range of visual substances and trying to work them into some beautiful final form is a process of my own that i enjoy a lot and the investment of effort helps make work like this pleasing to me.
"Work them into something beautiful" puts to words exactly what I appreciate about these works. They are probably out there in the millions, yet it's luck but artistic skill to get to see them, and consequently being able to capture them.
I obsess over water in my photography. I tend to shoot it a little too much at times I'm sure, but it's what I love. This photo is astounding in that it shows such a force of nature that most people never notice because it is actually so small. Wonderful work...it makes me smile!