Florida Museum of Natural history Marguerite Bonhomme

Some pictures from FMNH

NATURE ON DISPLAY

One of my favorite exhibits was the butterfly rainforest. It was so beautiful and fascinating to see such beautiful creatures interacting in their habitat. They were completely unbothered by the people walking around, so long as we did not reach to touch them or disrupt their routines. It had rained the day I went to the museum, so the butterflies were a bit less active. They perched upon plant leaves while they waited for their wings to dry so that they could take flight once more. The floral scenery of the butterfly exhibit (as pictured above) is extraordinary and caught my attention immediately. I took the time to sit down on one of the benches and remained still, hoping that I would attract one of the butterflies as advised by one of the exhibit's supervisors. I sat there for what must have been 3 minutes until one of them finally flew over and rested on my knee. I did not move or touch it, I remained still, and soon enough more followed. Still I did not budge, I simply observed because it was truly a magnificent feeling to have become incorporated into their habitat and coexist among them.

NATURE AND ETHICS

The wall pictured above displays an array of endangered species. Of all the fossils (pictured above) and endangered on display I only recognized a small portion of them, which is pretty upsetting. To think that there were so many animals to walk this earth and they are becoming extinct before we even hear of them. While viewing these exhibits it occurred to me that I am just as much responsible as everyone else in the world for preserving what little we have left of a healthy ecosystem. We must view ourselves as part of the "biotic community" like Leopold says. The museum allowed the interactions between visitors and the exhibits to be more hands on. I enjoyed finding the animals around the little jungle and the setup of the Colusa tribe . Looking back, I know I have a responsibility to be one of many to begin to change the way people interact with our surroundings.

NATURE AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT

Just Livin the Good Life

The Good Life and life in general proves one thing to be very essential: self-reflection. We experience things and learn from those experiences at our own pace. When we reflect we look back not to ruminate, but to assess what was gained from this experience. This is how people connect to the eternal, through the acquisition of wisdom. The Natural History museum let's one step out of our ordinary lives by overwhelming us with an abundance of knowledge, while surrounded by our peers so that we may further interact and discuss, and hopefully gain insight into a perspective other than our own. When given such an adequate setting to interact and inspire, it proves to be almost impossible to ignore the truths of nature and the world beyond what we tend to focus on. Museums are invaluable institutions with the sole purpose to help inspire, provoke, and teach.

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