Visit to FLMNH By Andrew Plummer

The butterfly garden has stone pathways, a pond, beautiful landscaping and pretty butterflies. Although it is relatively small compared to a wild butterfly's habitat it is very interesting to almost enter this new world dense with life. I personally enjoy nature greatly so this exhibit made its mark on me. This exhibit forces you to pay attention to fine detail and small differences in color to see some of the butterflies. I understood the life cycle of butterflies more deeply from viewing this exhibit in person. In college, life tends to accelerate your perception of time and slowing down and learning little facts here and there about where I'm from and how i can improve the world made all the exhibits enjoyable.
The Natural History Museum does give me a chance to appreciate nature in the way that Leopold intended. I felt that we have a lot of work to do in order to ensure our natural habitats are protected but it also made me feel like it was possible. I sensed that there is much more than meets the eye to every aspect of the Floridian ecosystem and its history. I thought it was cool to understand my local history. I also thought that technology is a fantastic thing which also enriches the experience at the museum. I would say other people had the same reaction I did. The Butterfly garden allowed visitors to connect with nature by putting the m face to face with some fish, birds, and butterflies. My visit further emphasized an ethical responsibility I feel for the environment as described by Leopold.
The Natural History museum helps us step out of out ordinary lives because in order to fully enjoy it we have to slow down, read, appreciate, and take in the whole experience of the whole museum. Our culture is dominated by the concept of time, we manage and plan it. The Museum gives us an opportunity to appreciate the more scientific or more spiritual aspects of life. Whether that be through learning how the indigenous people of Florida used bone tools and canoes or looking back at archaeological record of extinct animals. It helps us better understand who we are because the exhibits we enjoy and appreciate is affected by who we are and what we place value on some, what interests us can tell us much about ourselves. The mystery and majesty of the natural world is deeper appreciated through the curiosity of those who visit the museum and its many informational exhibits.
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