Good Life Nature Activity Nicholas Orrick

Nature On Display

This exhibit captured my attention because I had never been face to face with such a large fish like this. It piqued my curiosity because it made me start to think about how complex and mysterious the various ecosystems of the ocean are. We have barely even begun to discover all of what lies in the depths of the ocean.

Seeing a shark so up-close made me realize the peacefulness that lies in the brutality of nature. For many animals surviving the day is a constant struggle, and it is kill or be killed. Exhibits like this helped me to begin to understand that animals live their lives relying on their instincts to survive, and that in the grand scheme of things whether or not an individual animal survives or not is entirely unimportant.

Seeing this plant on my way out of the butterfly exhibit at the end of my trip increased my perspective on biodivesity and was an excellent way to end my experience. Seeing this funky looking seed pod gave me an immense appreciation for the massive amount of diversity that exists in nature. This plant, the shark, the fish, and all the other aspects of nature displayed in the museum all stem from one common cell that formed billions of years ago, which I find absolutely fascinating.

Nature and Ethics

This was one of my favorite exhibits from my entire experience. This was because it depicts an entire area of a beach in which various aspects of the ecosystem interact. The most beautiful part of this exhibit is that it depicts an area of land that has been completely untouched by humans. It depicts an area in which nature is allowed to develop entirely on its own, without the outside influence, which is commonly harmful, that derives from human activity.

The butterfly exhibit is one that best allows the museum's guests to connect with nature. This exhibit allowed me to immerse myself in a beautiful garden with flourishing plants and animals all around me. It helped me to realize that we as humans must coexist with nature, rather than destroy it. I also noticed that the other people in the exhibit seemed to be enjoying themselves in a way very similar to my own; they were simply enjoying the beauty of what was in front of them.

Seeing the skeletons of various extinct species had me in awe at the sheer size of some prehistoric animals, as well as their features that have changed so drastically throughout the process of evolution. Learning about so many extinct species, however, had me thinking about how while sometimes species do go extinct in nature, a lot are the result of human destruction. Our general lack of caring for the environment has afflicted countless species and we are killing off the diversity of the planet day by day. It is for this reason I think humans have an ethical responsibility to care for our planet so that we can coexist with nature rather than destroy it.

Nature and the Human Spirit

Connecting with nature can be an essential part of human spirituality; it is often in nature that we learn the most about who we are as people and how mysterious the natural world really is. Often times throughout our daily lives it is easy to forget that we as humans have evolved throughout the history of earth, along with the rest of the natural that resides here.

Realizing that we are a part of the natural world can entirely change your perception of reality and the universe. My trip to the museum got me thinking about how unbelievably complex our planet is, and how even more mysterious the rest of the universe is. The museum helps to demonstrate how much life and diversity there is on the planet and how random it all seems to be. The nature that exists here is absolutely beautiful, but why does it even exist at all?

Being surrounded by nature like this brings a certain type of tranquility that cannot be recreated by modern creations. By surrounding yourself with nature you find a sense of peace in the sheer beauty and diversity of it all. It causes you to question not only the planet, but the universe as a whole. Rather than being troubled by my lack of understanding, however, experiencing nature in this manner helped me to understand that the universe is not meant to be understood, just experienced.

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