Nature on Display
The frog exhibit was the most interesting to me. There was a wall where people told their most memorable moments they had with frogs. My most memorable moment was when I was about 8 years old. At this time I was terrified of frogs and one had landed itself into the backseat of my dad's car. We were on the expressway on the way to school when I felt the frog jumping around my feet. I basically sat in fear of the frog for 20 minutes until I got to school. At the time I was horrified but now it is hilarious. It was also interesting to learn about the poisonous dart frogs. The picture on the bottom right pictures the vibrant colored frogs. They are the most poisonous animal. Their skin produces toxins that were once used in darts for hunting. The bottom left picture shows what a dart gun would have looked like. It was great to have an exhibit like this one on display because I got to learn about so many different types of frogs and their functions in the world. Under normal circumstances, I would not have even gotten remotely close to any type of frog.
Nature and Ethics
Leopold says that we should "love, respect, and admire" nature. The butterfly exhibit is the perfect way to do this. This exhibit allows people to be completely immersed into the butterfly world. While in the exhibit, I was one with the butterflies. I was able to appreciate their beauty and elegance more than I ever had before. Everyone else who was visiting felt the same way. A butterfly landed on this woman (pictured on the far right) and I thought about how they were connected. It reminded me of how we should be a "biotic community" rather than "conquerors of the land." She calmly walked around the exhibit with the butterfly on her arm until the butterfly flew away. This exhibit was truly helpful in understanding the way in which nature needs us and we need nature.