FlMNH nature activity Heather Tomazin

Nature on display

The butterfly rainforest at The Florida Museum of Natural History completely immersed me in the natural aesthetic that this earth has. The design of the winding path filled with blooming flowers, plants, and shrubbery allows for magnificent butterflies of all shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns to reside peacefully. Although I saw different species of butterflies while in the actual exhibit, I thought the hanging frames featured below perfectly encapsulated the rich diversity that the butterfly rainforest houses. This specific exhibit taught me how alluring and extravagant such small creatures could be. These small creatures, soaring so gracefully through the air, taught me the importance of being a good steward of their environment because their habitat was so appealing and vivacious . Many of these butterflies are not natural species because they have been genetically modified to have certain features. This genetic modification caused me think of the amazing, although controversial, things we can do with technology. It is my hope that we can use such technology to improve the earth and preserve the luscious nature that we have been so graciously gifted with on planet earth.

nature in ethics

The museum allows visitors to feel as if they are part of the environment being showcased in the exhibits. As I walked through the lush environment of the tidal marsh & barrier islands exhibit, I felt as if I were back home in south-central Florida where these tidal marshes create the Everglades. Walking through this particular exhibit gave me a better sense of responsibility to take care of Florida's grasslands by limiting my pollution and consumption. I think it is very important that the FLMNH showcases not only the nature exhibits but also ways to maintain and steward said habitat. The picture below is an exhibit in the FLMNH which presents ways to reduce emission and consumption rates. My experience in the museum, especially in the "Our Energy Future" exhibit, allowed me to fully grasp Leopold's point about saving the environment by appreciating the earth for more than its economic importance. We have been endowed with such beautiful lands, as modeled by the accurate exhibits, and it is our choice to preserve those lands because of their biological and intrinsic value.

Nature and the human spirit

Looking at the beauty and majesty of creation begs the viewer to see the world as more than just superficial things and living on the "default setting" as David Wallace discusses in his video, "This is Water" (Personal Branding and Impression Management). Visualizing the vast amount of different species and habitats in which they live allows one to see the world as bigger than oneself. This single quality is imperative in living the good life because a life built upon selfish concern alone is filled with emptiness. Although the mystery and majesty of the natural world waits to be explored, it cannot wait to be stewarded correctly. After seeing the majesty of the earth and its inhabitants, one can fully understand the importance of preserving it. I feel as though the pictures below perfectly showcase the mystery of the earth. I took away many things from my visit to the FLNMH; however, my greatest take away message would be to be more mindful of my part in taking care of our earth and preserving biodiversity.

works cited

Personal Branding and Impression Management. “This Is Water-David Foster Wallace.” YouTube. YouTube, 19 Jan. 2014. Web. 16 Jan. 2017.

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