For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Gerard Manley Hopkins
For some breathtaking photographs of Mother Nature at work, take a look at Ragnar Th. Siggurdson's recent photos of the volcano in Iceland.
I also recommend going to TedTalks.com to look for thought-provoking talks about this amazing planet of ours. Here are a few:
Nature's Designs - Janine Benyus
Underwater Astonishments - David Gallo
Changes in the Sea - Sylvia Earle