Florida Museum of Natural History Bianca Maesa

Nature on Display

The Butterfly Exhibit was by far my favorite exhibit. I admired how one can enter into the exhibit and get engulfed by nature. The beautiful scenery consisting of luscious, reds and blues along with the vibrant Miami Blue Butterflies above appealed me very much. During the years of elementary and middle school we took many field trips and one of the trips was the Natural History Museum. Seeing the exhibit for the first time in six years catalyzed a feeling of nostalgia about my childhood, therefore capturing my attention as well as making it enjoyable. Being surrounded by the butterflies made my learn that these creatures have souls and purpose. Another medium such as a display case with dead butterflies being probed with sharp needles would not have achieved the same effect.

Nature and Ethics

The Natural History Museum allow the visitors to connect with nature by bring it to them. A collection of different artifacts, species, and history all in one building. On one hand it is useful by educating individuals about the beauty in nature in hopes of making one self aware of their carbon footprint, such as Leopold stated, but it also brings ethical issues such as the confinement of live creatures for the pleasure of the public. I chose this picture with a Chinese Tree Frog crawling up and down the glasses hoping to find a way to escape. There are definitely some advantages and disadvantages for the encasement of these species. I felt pity for these live animals being encaged for the benefit of the public to take pictures of instead of living in their natural habitats but at the same time it is one of the main ways to spread the word about the importance of frogs in our ecosystem resulting a twenty-first century way to connect with nature.

Nature and the Human Spirit

The museum helps us step out of our ordinary lives by educating us about the past. In the present human race is ruling the world but millions of years ago homo-sapiens were the bottom of the food chain. White rhinoceros bigger than a woolly mammoth and sloths that were three times the size of an average black bear made me realize that our ancestors were microorganisms living in a world with creatures ten times bigger than them but we are still surviving and thriving today. These thoughts helped me appreciate the mystery of the natural world.

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