I'm drawn to contrasts and visual tension, especially when those elements are balanced with stillness.
I recently realized that I subconsciously look for linear qualities. More often my eye "finds" straight lines in architecture, rather than meandering lines found in nature (although those natural lines and patterns are no less appealing). Perhaps this is to mentally establish a sense of order amidst randomness or chaos.
I snapped this photograph of a wood deck during snowfall. There's order and rigidity in the straight lines of the planks, tempered by randomness (visual chaos) of snow and dog's paw prints. Therein lies the balance.