When I’m in need of a big dose of delight, I watch David Attenborough’s 4 minute beauty of a video about the bower bird of New Guinea, a plain little creature who creates astonishingly-decorated homes using careful arrangements of various collected treasures with a clear sense of aesthetics and color.
It reminds me of the way kids create fantastical “houses” out of whatever they find. Only a bird did it. (A leading 19c naturalist of the 19 century thought the bower birds’ little homes were made by a race of pygmies.)
One design writer likened the Bowerbirds creations to environmental art made by Andy Goldsworthy.
You’ll find a more in-depth look at the bower birds on disk two of “Attenborough in Paradise and Other Personal Voyages“, a compilation of seven of the naturalist’s most engaging hour-long programs. His other numerous videos are worth checking out (and owning) as well.