Usually it's light that attracts me to a scene - the warm glow right before sunset or the blueness afterwards or how light falls across an object. The light is what often makes me pause. It can take my breath away.
(this photo is a repost, sorry! but I love how the light makes it seem to glow with warmth)
In a photograph, I'm trying to share the fleeting feeling that I experienced. The challenge of expressing that is invigorating.
Photography is also a way for me to be in the moment - which is a skill and a way of life that I'm trying to practice. When I'm taking photos, I get lost - in a good way. Everything else falls away and I'm in the flow. It's a nice feeling.