Florida Museum of Natural History Isabella Chiodini

This was at the point in the adventure when I didn't really know what to expect, but I was ready to find out.
Nature on Display

I really enjoyed the Frog exhibit at Florida Museum of Natural History for many reasons. When first walked in, I wasn't really sure what to expect. However, I walked into what seemed like an enchanted room with tanks full of colorful creatures. The room had no lighting except for the frog habitats, I enjoyed this design because I felt as though it was meant purely to focus on the animals within the exhibit. It was also one of the only exhibits that I saw that portrayed nature as art. It truly embodied the theme of "nature on display" for this reason. Below are two examples the frogs that compelled me the most as I walked through the exhibit. Their vibrant color and complex structure drew me in because I enjoy the mechanics of the human body and I am interested in surgery.

Poison Dart Frog
Smooth Sided Toad
Nature and Ethics

The shark jaws on display at the entry of The Hall of Florida Fossils Evolution of Life and Land reminded me of the necessary balance between humans and the environment. Although we do not see sharks everyday, when we do here about them it is usually in a bad light. It reminded me that although we don't see these animals every day they are a major part of our world, and we should not demonize nature. As humans we try to harness the environment with the hopes of gaining some control over our surroundings. However, there are so many elements of nature that posses more strength and power than humans. The jaws reminded me that we are entirely dependent on our environment to survive, and we owe our environment respect. Instead of "conquering the land", as Leopold says, humans should strive to reach balance with the environment.

Bug Specimens at FLNHM
Nature and Ethics
Nature and the Human Spirit

Butterflies have always fascinated me. So I was more than willing to enter the butterfly garden. When I entered and the cool blast of air swept over me it was complete bliss. For a second I forgot that I was in the middle of a chaotic universe and I felt completely at peace. At one point a butterfly had fallen in the pond within the exhibit, and an employee had to fish it out of the pond. After several attempts to revive the partially drowned butterfly, the employee plopped the butterfly on a leaf and told it to stand up. I was amazed at the dichotomy of these fragile creatures. I felt as though they had taught me a lesson of resilience. I left feeling rejuvenated, and hopeful for the future.

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All pictures are from exhibits at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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