Christina Mouttet at the Florida Museum of Natural History january 26, 2017

Nature on Display

The top photo is a picture of the layers of remains in the ground that showcases the change in human activity and what we have left behind over the centuries. The second picture is me posing by the descriptions of each layer. It captured my attention because it appeared so real and detailed. I found it appealing because it was interesting to see how our remains have changed greatly over the years. It is crazy to see how the impact of our actions have such a profound effect on the planet and is left as somewhat of a gift for the future generations to discover. This is most likely where archaelogists and anthropologists get much of their information about the past. It made me see that we really do leave a lasting effect on the planet. This medium was a really effective way of portraying the difference over the centuries and made it easier to visualize how exactly we have been changing the Earth in different ways over time. My experience at the museum was so enjoyable because many times we think we need to go away to exotic locations in order to enjoy nature and the wildlife around us, but visiting this museum made me more aware of the rich history and culture Florida has to offer.

Nature and the Human Spirit

The top photo is me with the ancient stones and shells cased in the museum. The bottom picture are all the dinosaur fossils on stand in this wing. The Natural History Museum helped me step out of my daily life, even if just for an hour or two, by transporting me to different eras of time. Before arriving at the museum, I was particularly excited about this wing because dinosaurs are such unique creatures and have always been one of my favorite topics of study. The fossils and ancient shells/rocks in the Evolution Exhibit was also fascinating. It was mindblowing for me to look at these artifacts that have existed for millions of years. It made me feel as though I was transferred to another world. This exhibit made me appreciate how small we are in the Universe and what minute specks we really are. The fact that majestic creatures like dinosaurs once existed serves as proof for how the world is capable of awe and mystery.

Nature and Ethics

The top picture is me smiling next to the sign at the entrance to the estuary exhibit. The bottom picture is a jellyfish sculpture that was in the estuary simulation. Going through the museum, I learned more details about Florida's history, its ecosystems, and its wildlife. Leopold believes that we need to actively focus on appreciating the land for more than just its economic usefulness. One exhibit that really allowed me to do this was the Estuary. The Museum had a hall lit with a blue light, moving water sound effect, and enlarged, lifelike sculptures of the creatures that live in this ecosystem. Every visitor in this exhibit had a positive reaction. I saw many people taking photos with the fish sculptures. Children especially took a liking to it as it had such a lifelike atmosphere and made you feel as if you were actually a part of the estuary. It did instil an ethical responsibility within me to want to protect the gems of nature such as estuaries as i got to see all the diverse wildlife and intricate processes occurring that depend on the estuary to survive.

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