(All photographs taken by Daniel Turk, my roommate).
Nature on Display
I find the design of this exhibit to be appealing because of the way the shells and fossils are nicely placed in an organized fashion. There is a psychological interest in things that look organized because the brain is constantly trying to make order out of disorder, so I think that drives my interest in the display's aesthetic. The exhibit captured my attention because it was very lit in the dark room it was in. I learned that there were much more wildlife that inhibited the seas around Florida than I had thought. for some reason, I don't picture this extravagant seascape of life around the north of Florida because I think more of the forests. This medium allowed me to clearly see, even with a theoretical visual, what I was looking at. What I found so enjoyable about the experience at the museum was what the museum was presenting-natural history. I have always been drawn to natural history and enjoyed the way the museum was built, with very distinct rooms showcasing different aspects of "ancient" Florida.
Nature and Ethics
The Natural History provided me the opportunity to experience nature in ways that Leopold recommends because it really does what it says in this picture; "The Florida Museum is dedicated to understanding, preserving, and interpreting biological diversity and cultural heritage to ensure their survival for future generations", really celebrating what Leopold said. I felt like the museum really explained what it was showing in an easy way and in a more laid back way than other museums, as it has a more child-like feeling, which I prefer since I am just a big baby. I thought the museum was very interactive, which allowed me to learn by moving through the room and seeing things in mulitple ways. Other people, as the kid seen in my picture, was opening drawers and playing and touching just so they could learn.There was one exhibit that made it look like you we were actually in a forest and then in a cave in florida, really connecting us to nature. My experience in the museum instilled in me an ethical responsibility to nature as Leopold imagines because we must preserve what we have and learn from the past to move into the future.
The Natural History museum help us step out of our ordinary lives because it is different than doing ordinary daily things like watching something on tv. I really felt like I was in nature in some exhibits and seeing all the animal skeletons was just marvelous. It helps us better understand who we are and better appreciate the mystery and majesty of the natural world because it should open our eyes to the fact that if we do not work towards conservation of this natural world, it will come to an end. As I said earlier, studying the past can help us be better for the future. We can learn from the nature that has ceased to exist to learn how to try to aid in more natural elements to cease from existing. I really had no idea that there were mammoths in Florida at one time and seeing the skeletons in the museum was shocking and amazing to me. I thought the skeletons was incredible and made me realize the beauty of nature, and I hope to be an advocate for nature conservation.