The Museum of Natural History Looking at Nature

Nature on Display

This exhibit showed the evolutionary achievement of pitcher plants. It explained how the trap worked, how the digestion took place, and how the plant survived in bug-limited times. The zoomed-in perspective of the plant allowed me to see the insides with more detail and the diagrams with numbers on different parts of the plant that were mirrored on the sculpture helped me to visualize each of these different parts at work, where a textbook or explanation could not.

Nature and Ethics

Being within this cave exhibit allowed me to see the beauty of the sculpted stalactites and stalagmites in the limestone caves all around Florida. I could see the intricacies in the rock that showed me a perspective about time, and how eternal such caves seem to be. It gave me a respect for natural landmarks and the beauty within nature that we often don't get to see.

Nature and the Human Spirit

This plant is a common houseplant. It is seen everywhere. It is also, however, deadly poisonous. This dichotomy points out the craziness within the natural world that we as humans do not fully appreciate. We see plants and we may marvel at their brilliant color or their pragmatic function, but we do not often see their deeper, darker qualities. I found it interesting that this plant, so innocent, could also harbor such a secret, and it made me curious as to the other crazy, unknown mysteries that the world around me had to offer.

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