Nature on Display
The fossil exhibit was very enjoyable and educating to me. I have always been interested in learning about the history of the world and the creatures that inhabit it. Consequently, the jaw bone of the Megalodon shark as shown above drew me to this exhibit. It was absolutely massive compared to me. It baffled me that something this large existed in the prehistoric oceans of the earth. I had to learn more about it. The design of the exhibit was very fluid and easy to follow. It is sectioned off into five geological time periods, Each section was designed to look like that time and showed fossils of that time. The design allowed to lean about a subject I was interested in very easily and quickly. The exhibit immersed me in each geological time period allowing m to get a real sense of scale and what things were like back then. This is not something I would have been able to understand from just reading a book or looking at a picture. Seeing these fossils in person helped me understand their actual size rather than a number in a book. For example, the Megalodon jaw is nine feet wide. In person, that is much more impressive than seeing it typed here. Seeing it up close really instills the actual scale of the shark. The exhibit made learning about the earth's past very enjoyable. I am hands on type of person. I like seeing and being able to interact with things in order to understand them. this exhibit allowed me to do that. It also tapped into to my curiosity of the natural world and the creatures that inhabit it. It taught me so much without forcing me to read a book.
Nature and Ethics
The Butterfly Rainforest exhibit helped me experience nature on a more personal level than I have before. Prior to attending this exhibit, I always viewed nature as separate from me. It was a entity that was not affiliated with humans or what we aspired to do. The exhibited allowed me to feel more in touch with nature like Leopold suggests to feel. The exhibit immerse me in an environment where life flourished around me. I had to step over butterflies and some even landed on me. It made me feel connected to nature. It allowed me to coexist in harmony with the butterflies around me. It was quite a tranquil feeling. I felt in touch with all that was around me as I walked through the exhibit. I sensed that everyone around me was much more calm and relaxed. Other people around me were just as immersed in the environment as I was. They stopped and stared at butterflies for long periods of time. They looked quite content as well. The exhibit allowed you to spectate nature in a way other places don't. When I walk around outside, I often don't notice or see many insects or animals around me. The exhibit really doubled down on this and packed the area with life. It allowed me to connect with nature more easily by allowing me to see the beauty of it. seeing this beauty made me feel obligated to preserve nature. I want to make sure these butterflies can continue existing along with the rest of nature. Preservation needs to be a top concern of people around the globe.
Nature and Human Spirit
The Natural History Museum helps us step out of our ordinary lives by exposing us to aspects of nature we might not have experienced at other places. For instance, this photo was taken in a replica of the Calusa leader's house highlighting a culture and part of history I have never been exposed to before. The rest of the exhibits emphasize this as well such as the fossil exhibit. These are parts of history that are not common to everyday life. It forces people to be more in touch with nature or at the very least acknowledge it. It shows us how pervasive nature is and how long it has existed. It really puts myself in perspective compared to nature. It helps us understand that we are a part of nature. That all life is connected in one way or another. This feeling of connection exemplifies how beautiful the world is. It also shrouds itself in mystery. Even with the vast knowledge presented to us in the museum, there is still much we don't know. It is exciting to think about all the new things we will discover about nature and our world.