Image: Taken by Clarissa Palmer at "The Calusa: People of the Estuary" Exhibit at FLMNH. In the above picture, I am standing in front of an exhibit that mirrors the values and beliefs of Leopold. Through this exhibit, I was able to experience nature in the ways that Leopold suggests. The exhibit features a hut that resembles what the Calusa Indians lived in during the sixteenth century. The Calusa Indians lived in a rich environment, what are now called estuaries. The Calusa Indians truly respected and admired the land they lived on. The Indians prospered from the immense bounty of their subtropical coastal world along the Florida Gulf coast. The Indians used what the land gave to them, such as fish and materials used for building. They did not take for granted the nature around them, nor did they abuse nature. In today’s society, we take nature for granted with all of our pollution. Viewing this exhibit, I felt selfish as the Indians respected and loved the land they lived on more than we do today. My experience at this exhibit has instilled in me an ethical responsibility to recycle and respect the world around me. I feel that many people had the same reactions. I think that seeing so many beautiful aspects of nature in a museum made myself and other visitors connect with nature in a unique way. Nature truly has a beauty that many do not recognize. After viewing this exhibit, I now know to love, respect, and admire our land just like Leopold suggests.