The Good Life at Florida Museum of Natural History Presentation by Anthony Hunter and Picture by www.visitgainesville.com

Nature On Display

Photos By Anthony Hunter and Johndrew Ocampo, 12 FEB, 2017

This exhibit was especially appealing to me out of all the others, as it was both colorful and peaked my childhood interest of insects and bugs. This display was of a large selection of butterflies that were native to the South Eastern United States. This exhibit definitely demonstrated the wide colors and variety that nature has to offer, as well as the natural diversity of butterflies. Had this medium just been individual photos online, I might not have understood just how many of them there were in just one region, as it took a large part of a wall for just this area. Overall, I found this section to be enjoyable as it was simply colorful and interesting.

Nature and ethics

Photos By Anthony Hunter and Johndrew Ocampo, 12 FEB, 2017

While the pictures above are just informative charts, there was a large section dedicated to just the impacts of human life and expansion on nature. Overall, there wasn't necessarily just one section that just allowed us toe admire, respect, and experience nature, with the exception of the butterfly gardens. The museum as a whole allowed us to walk through and admire and explore the world as the Indians knew it and how it was before industrialization and urban hustles. As someone who spent a large amount of time outside, this reminded me of my time in the Boy Scouts and camping monthly, where I would just enjoy nature and be alongside it. Overall, the museum allowed visitors to walk around and inside actual representations of ancient structures, forests, and caves, see fossil remakes, and to read about nature as they experience it. My experience at the museum did not instill an ethical responsibility to nature per Leopold's view, as I already had the similar respect and symbiotic relationship with it from my childhood.

Nature and the Human Spirit

Photos by Johndrew Ocampo, 12 FEB, 2017

I chose these pictures, as they revolved around the Indians and their relationship with nature. The natives had a very healthy and symbiotic relationship with nature, never taking more than they needed, wasting nothing nature sacrificed, and giving back to nature as they went along. As Heschel believed, many people do not take the time out of their day to appreciate things around us. The setting of the museum and the subtle silence and lull allows visitors to take a step out of time and enjoy and appreciate the exhibits. By taking this time, we take a step out of our ordinary hustle and bustle to appreciate and examine nature instead of our work. Modernization and globalization have made many of us lose our touch with nature, failing to appreciate it and failing to care, as long as we are able to get our work done. The museum allows us to step back and look at and appreciate nature and its wonders, some maybe for the first time.

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Photos By Anthony Hunter and Johndrew Ocampo, 12 FEB, 2017

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