Nature on Display
The giant-sized pitcher plant definitely caught my attention. Not everyday do you see replicas of plants larger than yourself. This is particularly interesting to me because I find carnivorous plants awesome. Their ability to "eat" animals changes the way we view plants. The exhibit was really cool because they showed the bugs trying to escape the pitcher plant's opening. By checking out this exhibit I learned that the natural world is ever-changing and there is no one definite answer to things. Being surrounded by plant figures that were larger than myself helped to immerse me in nature, and question the things that may seem minuscule and irrelevant.
Nature and Ethics
The Natural History Museum did provide me with a way to experience nature. One exhibit that I thought was especially relevant talked about south Florida's changing coastline. Being a south Florida native, it was scary to see the future. The museum offered a display where we could interact and press buttons to see what Florida's coast will look like in the future. Seeing a picture of my home underwater is saddening and it really provokes me to take action and recognize the effects global warming has on us. Further I visited the butterfly garden that allowed me to see the beauty of nature, even though there are many issues hurting the environment, it was reassuring to see some animals and plants still thriving. It gives light to the fact that everyone can enjoy nature, which is why we have to preserve it to the best of our ability.
Nature and the Human Spirit
The Natural History Museum let me take a step into the past: to about 23 to 2.6 million years ago. Seeing the ginormous teeth of this shark I had to take a step back. This demonstrates the mystery and majesty of the natural world. I have so many questions: why is this shark extinct now, why did it need to be so large, what type of animals did it eat? Seeing how large the Megalodon shark's jaw was leaves me amazed. Taking the photos below, my friend and I had so much fun. It was cool to learn and put ourselves into the perspective. The idea that the shark could swallow us whole, easily. The museum influenced me to be inquisitive, and to enjoy life and the many wonders it has to offer.