Day at the Natural History Museum Marcela quiroz

Nature on Display

Quiroz, Marcela. "In the Butterfly Exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL." 2017. JPEG.

The Butterfly Exhibit was undoubtedly my favorite part of the natural history museum. The design of the exhibit was made to mimic that of a rainforest. The foliage was beautiful and so colorful. It felt full of life and the sound of the streams running contributed to the sense of peace. The butterflies themselves had amazing patterns and it was so much fun watching them eat or fly right past you. The design of this exhibit allows you to really get up close and see these creatures as naturally as possible. When I was visiting, there was even a little demonstration in which additional butterflies were released. The medium of this exhibit truly showcased the butterflies and moths at their ordinary behavior. I got to see how they interacted with the plants and with each other, something I would not have been able to see through a glass window. The museum overall is incredibly interactive, which makes the experience so much more enjoyable and easy to get lost in.

Nature and Ethics

Quiroz, Marcela. "In the Fossil Exhibit at the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL." 2017. JPEG.

The fossil exhibit at the natural history museum hit a particularly sensitive spot for me. I am extremely concerned about the state of our environment and the rate at which many species' populations are declining. The fossil exhibit really brought to life for me the wonders of nature and its resilience and ability to adapt. I was so impressed at how our earth and the processes that shape it have become more and more complex, but still manage to allow all types of species to continue on living. Many visitors seemed equally as excited throughout the museum, and really interacted with all the different exhibits regarding nature. Upon coming to the series of photographs as seen above, it was a devastating reminder to me that we are losing a grand portion of the creatures that once roamed our Earth. I felt saddened and even a little hopeless that the condition of our planet is not agreed upon and society still doesn't place the needs of our environment first. It further instilled in me my ethical responsibility of taking care of the only planet we have. Seeing those photographs was just another reason for me to encourage others to do their research and do their part in order to allow all species to thrive.

Nature and the Human Spirit

Quiroz, Marcela. "In the Fossil Exhibit and the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL." 2017. JPEG.

The Natural History Museum condensed millions of years into one place. The different exhibits let you jump into any moment in time and give you an idea what our Earth looked like and who lived here and how they did. The museum can take you to various ecosystems and let you experience so many different worlds. It puts in perspective how sacred life is and how each time period really can influence the future later on. The earth evolves and adapts in processes that can take millions of years, but ultimately benefit the grand majority of species. The museum made me value a little more just how strong and enduring nature is. It is a bit of a mystery just how nature knows what is best for all creatures, and even a little magical. The natural world has its own rhythm and sets the pace for everything else, and as human beings, we are dragged along with it. We have no control or say over any of it, and all we really can do is admire and respect the nature that gives us our means of living. The museum makes a giant effort in reminding its visitors of that, and I think it did it well.

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