This week involved lots of research and reading and I’ve been out twice with my camera looking for ‘Patterns in Nature’.
Research included Natural England Volunteer Walk Leader Training Manual: Walking the way to health, 2008, Catalogue code NE82 and self- and reported Health and Safety injuries in the workplace statistics. Initially I undertook the Health & Safety Executive research in preparation for a test. Once I completed the test I became interested in establishing whether there are any coincidences or correlations within the Health & Safety Executive statistics.
The statistics show accident types involving days off work self-reported and averaged accidents under Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations. Published findings show 38% of employees are off work for three days due to manual handling incidences and 22% off due to slips and trips. These equate to 60% of self-reported accidents each year when combined. Reported incidences, although averaged, show an identical sequence of workplace injury and for three consecutive years. These are 28% for manual handling and 26% for slips and trips resulting in a lower 54% in 2011.
Feedback and drafts 2 and 3 of my project led me to read Environment Agency Planning & Research. I am now aware of funding for catchment restoration and Exercise watermark final reports- better preparing us for flooding, a summary, and the actual report.
This week I was introduction to Digital Photography resulting in a photography field trip along Holyrood Street off Shaw Road, Oldham 21/06/2012. The field trip established a number of patterns; some natural and some man made. These are grouped into:
i) A portrait shot of a single person;
ii) A group shot of 3 or more people instructed to ‘do’ something;
iii) A landscape shot with a depth of at least 1 mile;
Landscape Shot, distance, man made (Source: Joanne Green 21/06/2012).
Landscape shot: wildflower meadow, in nature (source: Joanne Green 22/06/2012).
iv) A close up of some wildlife;
Close up, plant alive (source: Joanne Green 21/06/2012).
Close up, plant dead (source: Joanne Green 21/06/2012).
Close up, slug (source: Joanne Green 21/06/2012).
Close up, Heron (source: Joanne Green 22/06/2012).
Wildlife in pond (source: Joanne Green 22/06/2012).
v) Line of progression;
Line of progression, nature impression (source: Joanne Green 21/06/2012).
Line of progression, man made impression (source: Joanne Green 22/06/2012).
Depth, mirror image, antenna, nature (source: Joanne Green 21/06/2012).
Depth, natural (source: Joanne Green 22/06/2012).
vii) Inner frame;
viii) Golden ratio;
ix) Vertical shots;
x) Horizontal shots;
xi) ‘S’ shape; and
xii) Spiral shape.
I used the skills learnt in the photography exercise at Boarshaw Clough, 22/06/2012. I have not altered the images as I wanted them to remain as ‘natural’ as possible. I have placed the photos that do not contain people in into a gallery.
Using the photographs of the 2 sites given in the Gallery the greatest variety of ‘Shapes in Nature’ is:
Nature = 13 whereas in comparison man made = 10. Close up and Landscape shots are not included as they are too biased and would have skewed the findings.
My conclusion from the photographic exercise is there are additional social returns on investment in infrastructure such as parks because they could be used to promote mathematical understanding in children by exposing them to things such as patterns.
I would like to thank the British Science Association- Manchester branch who introduced me to the concept and reality of ‘Patterns in Nature’ when I first became a volunteer with them.
This week I listened to a webinar from my professional body, Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment ‘The UK Natural Ecosystem Assessment’. Groundwork Oldham & Rochdale supplied me with a laptop, a hearing loop and a quiet room to concentrate in without undue distraction. This resulted in me having a positive learning experience.