The Museum of Natural History Thiago Campbell

Introduction: This Spark Story is about my tour of the Museum of Natural History. This tour allowed me to see the museum and nature in a whole new light. This experience had a lasting impact on me.

Nature on Display: The exhibit was designed to captivate the reader's attention and display the beauty of nature. The vibrant colors of the orchid behind me caught my attention and drew me to the beauty of the plant. The orchid showed me the extent that nature can go to in order to reproduce and pass on its genetic material. The beautiful flower is meant to attract pollinators from all around. I enjoyed looking at the nature around me and seeing its ability to adapt to any kind of condition.

Nature and Ethics: The Natural History Museum gave me an opportunity to see the beauty of nature on full display. It was a clear sunny day, allowing the sun to shine off all of the plants and showing their true beauty that one may not experience during a cloudy day. I was hit by feelings of happiness and peacefulness while walking through. It seemed as if the plants were removing all the burden off my shoulders and allowing me to think clearly. Other people marveled at the beauty alongside me. A little girl was fascinated by the bamboo and how tall it was. The bamboo helped me connect with Leopold's idea of ethical responsibility due to its growing habits. Bamboo is one of the quickest growing plants, not to mention one of the hardest to remove from an area. To me, this is a prime example of how nature will fight back and continue to be resilient in its efforts to be conquered by humans.

Nature and the Human Spirit: I live in a dormitory, which restricts me from experiencing much nature. Granted, I have a few cacti on my windowsill, but that doesn't compare to a walk through a garden of trees that reach far above my head. These trees are wonderful and have always baffled me. Against all odds, they continue to grow higher and higher, reaching for the stars and never looking back. Nature shows us that anything is possible if you're able to adapt to the situation and make the most of it. Orchids, for example, grow on top of other trees in order to capture the most sunlight. We can learn a lot from nature by simply going outside and trying to understand what's really going on around us, rather than walking around mesmerized by our phones.

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