Nature on Display
I chose the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit because I have heard numerous people who have taken a trip there and absolutely loved their experience. I knew that I had to go to the exhibit as soon as I could and witness all of the butterflies. When I walked into the exhibit, I couldn't stop smiling. There is this moment when you walk from a crowded air-conditioned room into a hot, noisy nature environment where you experience a complete overflow of all of your senses. Walking into the exhibit, I was immediately in awe by the abundance of greenery and plant life that reached almost the top of the butterfly enclosure. The people at the museum truly made a scenic exhibit that made you feel as if you were in the rainforest itself. There was the sound of trickling water from what I assumed was a waterfall somewhere and there was a hot, dry wind wrapped all around me. I found the design and layout of this exhibit extremely appealing because upon immediate entry, you feel yourself connected with nature with the abundance of wildlife and colorful visual stimuli from all of the blooming flowers and trees surrounding you. The exhibit captured my attention because while I spent an hour inside of it, examining all of the butterflies and taking my snapshots of them, not once did I think of the inside world, I was completely immersed in nature and I was having an amazing time. During my stay, I was able to learn many things not only about butterflies and their abilities, but I also learned much about nature itself and its impact on us. I learned that nature truly possess this ability to make us think about the world around us and who exactly we share it with. The little flying critters that I examined at the museum were just one species among thousands that we share this world with. I also learned that nature, once fully immersed within it, has the ability to make you appreciate it and look at it from an entirely new perspective than just walking by one on your way to school or work one day. It is truly interesting to see this power that nature seems to hold on everyone. My experience at the museum was enjoyable because I was able to witness the environment that butterflies call their homes and I was able to spend an hour away from my everyday life and just be one with nature.
Nature and Ethics
Visiting this exhibit provided me with the opportunity to experience nature in ways that I never thought I could. There is something about being surrounded by trees, not seeing a door in sight, that has the ability to completely change our perspectives on the things that we are seeing. We aren't fast-walking down a street to get to a destination or arrive on time somewhere, in fact, we stop and take a long moment to look at the world around us and question its purpose and admire its beauty. Nature has this power over us when we are fully immersed in it and I was able to experience this during my visit to the butterfly exhibit. During my stay, I found myself completely spellbound by the butterflies and their environment that I thought more about their species and how they are faring in the real world today. It made me feel connected to them since I was sharing their environment at the time. Every time I spotted a butterfly perched on a flower, I found myself enthralled as I just stood there, watching it for a couple long seconds, waiting for it to do something. I admired it from a distance because I did not want to get too close and frighten it and I appreciated it from that respectable distance much more. The other people in the exhibit were just as piqued with curiosity as I was going through it and witnessing the butterflies. They all repeated the same actions as I where they stopped to examine a butterfly from a respectable distance. I saw so many smiles that day and realized that people were so happy to be immersed in nature, whether it was the sight of the butterflies, the wildlife surrounding them or just the fact that they were away from their normal lives for a brief time. It was truly amazing to witness. The exhibit gave this people, including me, the opportunity to enter through a door that would not take them to another part of a building, into their workplace or their houses, but into an environment that would cause them to not think about anything outside of the enclosure and just focus on the nature around them. My experience definitely made me rethink my role in this society and what I can do in the position I am in now to promote the protection of wildlife like the butterflies. My experience has strengthened my belief in the importance of preserving wildlife and protecting the areas that many animals call their home and now I hope to advocate this importance to anyone willing to listen because there are millions of other species that share this world with us and they are important to.