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Photo by Garret Hack(11:17am, March 14,2017) outside the butterfly rainforest

Nature On Display

This is a wall of butterfly specimens before the entrance to the butterfly rainforest. This portion of the exhibit caught my eye by its sheer magnitude. The hundreds of different specimens of preserved butterflies, grouped together to show differences in gender, origin, and evolution, was an enormous display of the variety and abundance of life which exists in nature. The display of real butterfly species in the wall-cases showed the size, color, and texture difference between the butterfly species and gender.

Photo by Garret Hack(10:22am, March 14,2017) inside butterfly rainforest

Nature and Ethics

The photo above displays the inside of the butterfly rainforest. The butterfly rain forest allows visitors to feel the way Leopoldo felt. By immersing visitors in the environment created for the butterflies, the visitors are forced to see them as the fragile, beautiful creature that they are. Additionally, they are forced to see how potentially destructive humans can be to such delicate organisms. The visit to the museum filled me with a renewed sense of responsibility for nature, and made me think about how to protect the environment in my local and state communities. Many of the other visitors seemed to view the exhibits with a more passive approach, and did not truly see the value in their message. The museum does allow attentive visitors to connect with nature through visual and interactive exhibits. The visit to the museum instilled me with the same values that Leopoldo would have sought to impart.

Photo by Garret Hack(10:10am, March 14,2017) display adjacent to butterfly rainforest

Nature and the Human Spirit

The museum allows us to step out of our everyday lives by viewing how and when our lives came to be the way they are. Visitors to the medium are able to witness evolutionary changes that brought modern species, cultural changes that brought borders society and civilization, and the physical changes that take place over the beginning and end of an organisms lifespan. The museum shows us who we are by exploring how we have changed as a society over the span of centuries. It shows us how much we have changed, but also how similar we are to our predecessors. We can evaluate our future choices by the effects we see represented from our past displayed in the museum. Finally, the museum helps visitors to understand how precious the mystery of life is in its various forms, and that nature should be preserved to protect that life. The exhibit showing the lifecycle of a butterfly reflects the human spirit of progress, and echoes the sentiment of self-improvement, which is such an integral part of the American dream.

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