Nature on Display
Growing up, I became more of a nature kind of person, therefore, I found this exhibit to be extremely appealing. I loved everything about the Butterfly Garden. My friends and I went on a day when it was not busy at all, hence, the quietness played a role into the admiration of the exhibit. The Butterfly Garden caught by attention easily. It was something different and most of all, it was beautiful and colorful. Additionally, I like the idea of a Butterfly Garden because not only am I up close to the butterflies, but I am also close up with the flowers and plants. Moreover, the garden also had a small pond with a little waterfall, which was perfectly added into the atmosphere. What I learned about the natural world from this exhibit that I might not have understood through another medium is the interaction with other animals and the way they live. For example, there were birds flying around building a nest within the garden, as well as, fish trying to find food within the pond. I learned how the these different animals and insects interact within this atmosphere or ecosystem. Additionally, I learned and understood a couple of plant and butterfly names. Consequently, I understood how the butterflies' camouflage work. My friends and I would try to spot as many butterflies as we could and as I did, I understood their way of living and protection from harmful animals. This experience was enjoyable because it was unique and exciting. I was able to explore the garden and see live butterflies fly around the garden as they plant themselves on flowers. I was able to walk around and enjoy the environment rather than staring at a painting or another display.
Nature and Ethics
The Natural History Museum provided an opportunity for me to experience nature in ways Leopold recommends. I felt and sensed as though this experience was eye opening because not everyday do I see people actually interacting with the land around them. As I went through the museum, I was able to gain knowledge and get an idea of how people in the Calusa village used the land in the old days. For example, how they fished, made canoes, gill nets, etc. Because of this, the museum indeed instilled in me an ethical responsibility to nature by becoming more aware of how I treat the land around me and helping to make it a better place. I feel as though other people also reacted the same as I did. It was very eye opening for my friends as well. Additionally, for example, the model of the people in the Calusa village was well made and allowed a visual representation of understanding nature and ethics. The Natural History Museum allowed other visitors to connect with nature through the detailed exhibits, as well as the Butterfly Garden. Also, during some exhibits, there were animal sounds that sounded as if the animals were there with you.