Florida Museum of Natural History: The Butterfly Rainforest by: Wyatt Cox

Nature and Ethics: On the day that I visited the Butterfly Rainforest, it was very cold and the plants were in danger of being frozen and killed by the cold. In this photo you see the museum's attempts at trying to protect the plants by covering them up with tarps. This made me think about the ethics of human intervention in nature. What role do we as humans have in the role of protecting nature and preserving it? In many cases we seek to protect nature, unknowingly robbing natural selection of its influence on the evolution of a species. Without humans, the exhibit plant life would have been burned and killed from the cold, allowing new plants to grow in their place (assuming a scenario where the nature in the exhibit wasn't specifically imported and set up by man). On the other hand however, humans often artificially alter the environment and make the preexisting nature no longer able to adapt and cope to the radical changes we make. This can be seen anywhere humans decide to settle. I think ideally humans must find a way to play as little of a role as possible in natural events and allow evolutionary forces to take place without interruption.
Nature and The Human Spirit: In this photo there is heat lamp in the background with small finches surrounding it and eating. This make made me appreciate nature by exemplifying relativism and how subjective our understanding of life is. As I sat down, merely feet from the little birds, I thought about how these little bird's whole lives are spent in this enclosure and how this is the only world in which they know or wish to know. It made me reflect on the fact that we as humans are trapped, similarly, in our patterns and habits. We are enclosed in our sense of self and our values and we rarely ever seek what is outside of them.
Nature on Display: I found the design of this exhibit appealing due to its location in the Butterfly Rainforest. It was located at the bottom of the trail, allowing the guest to be fully immersed in the forest. Below the guest, out of frame, there was a small creek that flowed through the middle of the exhibit. It added life to the forest and gave a sense of serenity to the the exhibit. Also, having all the plants and flowers so close to the trail made me feel as if I was truly walking through a path cut into the forest. This feeling is important to get a true understanding of the importance of nature.

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