These four miniature dioramas served as the initial models for full-size versions Howes planned to build as part of a Bruce Museum expansion, which he began planning in 1944. As with all of his dioramas, these examples depict scenes from actual places Howes visited during his many excursions. They not only demonstrate Howes’s artistic skill, but some also carry valuable ecological data. In particular, the Florida Swamp scene depicts exotic, invasive plant species (strangler fig and giant pothos) that were already established when Howes visited the swamps of South Florida. The small animal models were made by the famous taxidermy supplier, the Jonas Brothers, and are unique and important collectibles in their own right.