Nature and the Human Spirit: Caves are one of the wondrous aspects of the natural world that look like nothing you see on the ground above them. The formations of caves take hundreds to thousands of years to all sorts of rock formations that can take your breath away. This museum exhibit of a cave recreates some formations you would find in these caves and transport people to a world of rock formations and how water slowly shape caves and many of their unique features. When I step into this exhibit, I immediately think of how fascinating caves are and how so much of caves are unknown because of their vast size and the possible dangers of the cave collapsing as people explore new areas of them. I think about how it must be so exciting to explore these caves and be one of the first people to witness this part of the environment and possibly uncover huge stalagmites or stalactites of wondrous size and beauty. Just by going to a museum exhibit of a cave can allow people to step outside of their daily lives to appreciate the beauty of this natural creation, even if we don't fully understand everything about them. (This picture is of the cave in the "Northwest Florida: Waterways and Wildlife" exhibit.)
Nature on Display: This exhibit shows many chrysalises various stages of development. I find it aesthetically pleasing that it not only shows the life of a developing butterfly's chrysalis in its various stages, but that the chrysalises are lined in a way where the color gradually changes as you move your eyes towards the other side of the enclosure. I Looking at this exhibit allows me to have a better understanding and appreciation of what a butterfly goes through when it is in the middle of its metamorphosis. This medium helps me understand it better than a drawing or a picture because I get to see how it happens in the real world and develop my own perspective of what is happening rather than just looking at another's person's perspective of how they see this process. This exhibit along with the rest of the "Butterfly Rainforest" allowed me to enjoy my visit to the museum by allowing me to have first hand experience of how butterflies interact in their environment and allow me to have a better appreciation of the species.