Nature on Display
Life Cycles in Your Garden, Florida Museum of Natural History Butterfly Exhibit, January 18, 2017
The Life Cycles in Your Garden section of the Butterfly Exhibit was one that I found particularly interesting. This part was extremely informative and taught me about the entire cycle of butterflies. It showed each stage from birth, to caterpillar, to the transformation into a butterfly. This put into perspective the incredible journey that these creatures have in order to become a butterfly. Each season had a different stage, just as we as humans have different seasons of our lives and constantly are changing, similarly to butterflies. This piece was extremely easy to understand because of the way it was set up into cubicles that made it aesthetically pleasing to look at. The simplicity drew me to this display which allowed me to learn about something that I may not have learned about if it was a much messier set up. It was 3 dimensional which made you feel like you were actually looking at the animals in their natural habitat. My overall trip to the museum was actually much more informative and enjoyable than I anticipated. I thought that I would just be attending this to take a couple pictures and see the bare minimum to complete my project, but I ended up falling in love with all there was to see and couldn't help but continue looking at more and more sections of the museum.
Nature and Ethics
The El Segundo Blue: Save the Dunes, Florida Museum of Natural History Butterfly Exhibit, January 17, 2017
I was drawn to this piece initially because I spend much of my time at the beach. I grew up around the beach and it was a favorite vacation spot for my family and me. The feeling while reading this piece really impacted me because it showed that nature is everywhere around us and what we do makes a large difference in the ability for animals to reside in certain places. I had never previously even thought about butterflies living near the dunes or beach. The Natural History Museum gives visitors the ability to learn how to love, respect and admire nature in all of the ways Leopold recommends. There were several displays similar to the one that I posted above that gave viewers the chance to learn all about how what they do effects nature and the plants and animals we cohabit with every single day. There were several other people around me reading all of the exhibits like the one above that were associated with ethics and nature. You could tell by their discussions and their interest in reading the displays that many of them had not fully thought about all of the factors that go into the preservation of our nature, just as I hadn't. Reading about all of the issues that I was unaware of definitely made me feel responsible to uphold the values that Leopold talked about and make me feel inclined to help out in whatever ways I can, even by doing things as simple as planting trees and cleaning up litter.
Nature and the Human Spirit
Mimicry - Perfect and Imperfect, Florida Museum of Natural History Butterfly Exhibit, January 18, 2017
This section of the exhibit showed the mystery of nature. It was complete with a display that tells all about how unique insects are and how they have certain traits that are functional to make their lives easier or distracting in order to confuse predators. The photo posted above shows the way butterflies use mimicry so that predators believe that they are a poisonous creature, when in fact, they are not. The Natural History museum, helps humans to see the amazing abilities animals have. It allows us to view the beauty of nature through a perspective outside of our normal day to day lives. I believe that the entire butterfly exhibit at the museum can be extremely symbolic of the lives of humans. There are so many beautiful things in our own lives that we just need to step out of our comfort zone to see and touring the museum gave me the ability to do this. The museum showed me how much more of the world is out there that I have not explored yet. It shows beauty at its' purest form and makes me want to adventure out into as much of it as I possibly can.