Nature on Display
When first entering the Florida Museum of Natural History, there were so many fascinating sights around me; however, I found the butterfly exhibit to be captivating as well as intriguing. Right from the start, it captured my attention as it brought a feeling of appreciation toward the various assortment of butterflies lined along the wall. In this exhibit, it displayed the types of butterflies, the life cycles of the butterflies, the looks of the butterflies, including the color as well as size and shape, and even the origins of these butterflies. By exploring this exhibit, it allowed me to become aware of the numerous types of butterflies there are in the world. What I loved most is that I was able to see the butterflies through a visual representation as opposed to simply hearing about them. This exhibit, and the museum as a whole, was extremely organized. This organization made it easy to follow and thus, my experience at the museum was enjoyable and a success. Through this exhibit, I was able to acquire knowledge about butterflies that I may have never understood without the helpful information this exhibit provided.
Nature and Ethics
“Love, respect, and admire.” These three words are words that Leopold believed. The significance of these three words is that I actually felt them while in the Butterfly Rainforest. First entering the rainforest, the smell of fresh flowers filled my nose, the vibrancy of the colors around me caught my eye, and the busy nature of butterflies flying around the room interested me. Although I was extremely frightened by the butterflies, I was fascinated by the littlest of things. Everything and anything I saw, I was curious in learning more about. For example, I learned that butterflies can taste with their feet and smell with their antennae. I experienced this in action while the butterflies enjoyed their tasty banana snack. The other people in the Butterfly Rainforest were certainly captivated by their surroundings too, as we ran into one other and admired the butterflies’ beauty and independence in their natural habitat together. The Butterfly Rainforest allowed me to obtain a greater understanding and admiration for nature while it allowed the visitors of the museum to connect with nature by letting hundreds of butterflies fly around aimlessly and even land on them. I think that this trip to the rainforest changed my view on nature and absolutely helped me comprehend what Leopold was saying about how it is our responsibility to protect and admire nature for what it is. I now feel compelled to take accountability for my careless actions I have made and do whatever I can to make up for them.
Nature and the Human Spirit
As I reflect back on my experience at the Florida Museum of Natural History, I truly appreciated my time and trip there. Rather than taking the time to appreciate our surroundings and our beautiful planet, our lives are constantly absorbed by technology as well as what is popular in society. My trip to the museum allowed me to learn and understand how complex and diverse our natural world is without the everyday distractions. One significant exhibit I encountered was the exhibit that included information on sharks. I learned that so many shark species are extinct. The only shark species that isn’t extinct is the Great White Shark, otherwise known as Carcharodon carcharias. Prior to this knowledge, I did not even know that the shark species was declining so quickly. This information furthered my understanding that the natural world is very vast, yet, incredibly beautiful and filled with so many unknown things and sections of the world we will ultimately discover one day.