The diversity of nature from microcosm to macrocosm can be a vast source of inspiration. It has been a source of inspiration for scholars, scientists, and artists throughout time.
Biomimicry is a new term I just learned. It can simply be described as copying nature. But it's more than just copying, it is the scientific practice of studying systems and elements in nature to come up with new man made inventions inspired by nature.
Video of nature used as inspiration by biologists and engineers at UC Berkeley.