There's never been a doubt that Mother Nature is an architect. It's easy to see her expertise in structure and form on this planet. But sometimes you have to look a little bit closer to see her work as a designer. I've found some excellent examples of her use of pattern and texture, that put the finishing touches on our world.
The last snowfall of January had melted, trapping the fallen leaves in a muddy mess on the path. A week later, the mud and leaves had fully dried, fused together into a textured forest floor. With very little color, it certainly was a design destined for winter. But there were discernible gray and reddish-brown tones. Even though it looks like the leaves could be easily peeled away, there was a thin sheet of dry mud across the top that held them all in place. I walked across it twice before I noticed the interesting random design. It reminded me of wallpaper or a custom concrete flooring.