Nature on Display
The Tropical Rainforest Exhibit really captured my attention because it was something that I had never experienced before. It was so amazing being able to view the butterflies up close in such detail. They were all very unique and each had their own characteristics. Walking through the atrium felt very realistic because of the arrangement of exotic plants, flowers and birds flying around. The most enjoyable part of the exhibit was when one of the beautiful black and blue butterflies came and landed on my arm!
Nature and Ethics
The Andes and Mesoamerica Exhibit provided me the opportunity to experience nature in ways that Leopold recommends by the way they use natural resources to benefit their lifestyle while conserving the environment. Their daily activities include carrying firewood or a pottery water jar, spinning and weaving. The Andes males wear a style of poncho and a coca bag typical of their community. They appreciate the land for more than its economic uses by incorporating these materials into clothing, headwear and objects for ceremonial uses. As I went through this exhibit it made me appreciate the way the Andes people respected and admired the land that they were given. Others viewing this exhibit were in awe of the use of nature by the indigenous people. My experience in the museum overall instilled in me an ethical responsibility to conserve the resources I have and appreciate what has been given to me.