Nature on Display: One of my favorite parts of the Natural History Museum was how detailed and thorough their exhibits were. A great example of this is the exhibit in this photo that depicts the environment of Northwest Florida. Everything looked so real that it almost felt like I was there, in the forest. It was amazing how immersed I felt in this wild habitat despite knowing I was in the middle of a campus. The portrayal and medium of this exhibit helped me to better understand natures wildness and diversity all around me. Species of plants and types of rock of all different colors and sizes were all mingled and living together creating a harmony. Being able to become completely surrounded by the exhibit and its life like nature allowed me to fully experience the environment they were portraying. Exhibits like this were definitely my favorite part of this museum.
Nature and Ethics: I think the butterfly habitat is a good example of the appreciation of nature for its beauty rather than for its economic value as Leopold spoke about. Butterflies represents a beauty in nature that is not used often in economics. Preserving these creatures despite their lack of economic worth is how all nature should be treated. As I went through the museum I saw true admiration for the natural world and its beauty. The museum preserved artifacts, large and small, from a simple sea shell to the great bones of a mammoth. They did not only display what they believed would bring in customers, they showed all sorts of the natural world. All who were in the butterfly habitat with me seemed to be just as in awe as I was at the many different kinds of butterflies and their graceful beauty. This habitat along with the many others particularly allowed the visitors to connect with nature as it completely surrounded them. Another example of this is the habitat I spoke of in the previous photo. Going through this museum motivated me to learn more about the natural world and did instill an ethical responsibility in me to treat it well.
Nature and the Human Spirit: Seeing displays like this in the natural history museum was mind blowing. This is the jaw of an ancestor of the great white shark that no longer lives today. The sheer size of it and the idea that a creature like this once existed was hard to believe. It helped me to better understand just how much the world has changed over time. A creature like this is unimaginable today but it use to be a living, breathing being, as normal as any other. Seeing something so majestic and inconceivable as this makes me really appreciate just how amazing the world is and how much we don't know about it. The museum was full of things such as this that really blew my mind.