In order to fully experience nature, Leopold recommends that we must “love, respect, and admire” the land and not just exploit it for economical gain, and the Florida Museum of Natural History allows us to do exactly that. Above, is a mural in one of the exhibits and it displays a vast swath of pine shrub-land stretching for as far as the eye can see. This is an image that you do not see very much anymore, as much of Florida has been developed for commercial use, so seeing this very life-like painting makes one think about what we have done to our fragile environment. A sense of despair and realness struck me as I stepped into this exhibit because I realized that if we keep treating the world the way we do, then images like this one will be seize to be reality and become lost to the past. I watched as other people stepped into the very same exhibit and become overwhelmed by the breadth and realness of the mural in front of them. The museum allows visitors to connect with nature by immersing them in extremely vivid environments, like the one above, and taking them on a visual journey throughout our beautiful state. My experience in the Florida Museum of Natural History instilled in me an ethical responsibility to respect and care for the environment in which we live in.
Nature and the Human Spirit
Butterfly Garden, Florida Museum of Natural History. Personal photograph by cell Sherlock 11 February 2017
The daily life of a college student involves, going to class, doing homework, perhaps going to some club meetings, and repeat. The Florida Museum of Natural History offers us a nice break from our continuous workflow, and allows us to engage in learning experiences we don't normally get to do, such as going to butterfly gardens, or sifting through a table full of Native American arrow heads. By knowing more about the natural world, we as humans can learn more about ourselves and the impact we have on each other and the environment. The Natural History museum teaches us that the world in which we live in is full of endless mysteries, and by learning about the ecosystems around us, we can achieve a greater respect for the majesty of the natural world. If we don't take the time to appreciate the place we live in, then we are truly missing out on one of the greatest aspects of living.