Thought I'd throw some linkage out there to some random earth-related articles that I've read recently. If you click here, you can see a beautiful panoramic (360-degree) view of the world as seen from the top of Mt. Everest.
On another note. Click here if you want to see what de-forestation looks like from a couple miles up as witnessed in the Brazil's Amazon rainforest.
Check out this link to see some really great trees-in-ice-storm pictures. Some of them are really breath-taking. Who thought that water could be so beautiful? :)
I really do believe that the most beautiful things are born of randomness and develop over time on a geologic or cosmic scale. So long to create, and often so simple to destroy. No...I'm hardly a tree-hugging hippy. I just have an appreciation for the universe's aesthetic palatte. For instance, I don't think that any fractal that can be born of human imagination could EVER compare to some of the nebulas that I've seen that are a few hundred/thousand/million/billion light years away.
Random musings from a computer nerd. ;)