When we arrived at Lough Boora Discovery Park, the first activity we participated in was investigating the habitat, through pond dipping. The coolest creature we saw was the water boat man because he could swim under water. The weirdest creature we saw was the water skater as he could walk on water.
We spent the day creating photographs and got to use an Instax instant camera. First we had to look through a small lens, then we had to press a button for it to take a photo and a piece of photo paper came out from the top of the camera. When the photo paper came out from the camera we had to wait for a few minutes for the picture to develop. Our group had lots of fun with creating these images.
We also created images using the flora of the bog. We used photosensitive paper, tap water, some clingfilm and a stopwatch. While out walking the bog earlier in the day we had collected leaves and all kinds of flat objects We took a clipboard and put the photo sensitive paper Solar paper onto it then the leaves in a design and covered it in clingfilm and left it out in the sun. To develop it we put it in a basin of water for two minutes and then let it dry naturally.
We are very pleased with the results of our art. They were all brilliant, if you ever have the opportunity to do this type of creative art you should do it.
The last activity of the day was to do an interview. Aisling works in a radio station and she asked us a lot of questions about Boora, what it means to us, and what we did during the workshop. It was a nice new experience for us to do an interview. We were all very nervous but Aisling was very nice and made us feel very comfortable . Overall we really enjoyed the day and learned a lot about Lough Boora Parklands.