I envision this blog encompassing a wide range of topics underpinned by a passion for Mother Nature and all her weird and wonderful attributes. Having an innate interest in all things biological that has been cultivated through experiences beginning with my earliest memory, when I was about two and a half years old, of hanging off my uncle’s shoulders while he showed me a terrarium full of runner moles in the Zoology Department at UCT; to performing my first C-Section at the age of six in an attempt to save three babies from a pregnant Cape skink that had been caught by Sam, the family spaniel. At that age, laying them out on the pavement to dry and get all that “gunk” off seemed like a good idea! Being told bedtime stories of how my Grandpa “befriended” two bottlenose dolphins, “Fish” and “Hoek”, during the summer of 1953 ignited my love for the ocean and my dream of being a Marine Biologist.
South Africa in all her breathtaking glory; and more specifically the awesome environment that is Kommetjie, a small village on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula; provided a rich backdrop growing up and allowed me to nurture my love for animals and the environment as a whole. I have always enjoyed questioning concepts and playing “Devil’s Advocate” in my pursuit for an understanding of the natural phenomena that occur daily across this big blue marble that we call home. The essence of this blog is to record various observations and chat about topics that will encapsulate my thoughts as well as aspects that I find interesting and relevant. “Conservation” and a “sustainable future” are more than just buzz words to me and as such I hope to be able to make an impact on how people perceive science and the environment.
I am a BSc graduate, with a double major in Zoology and Botany, from the Nelson Mandela University in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. I also spent a year in Scotland studying Marine Science at the Scottish Association for Marine Science and three years working through the Game Ranging and Wildlife Management course while volunteering at a local private game reserve. My key focus is on conservation biology, animal behaviour and rehabilitation while my other interests include photography and dog sledding. When I started this website I was between projects and so used this time “in limbo” to put my thoughts, observations and part-time projects out there for the enjoyment/perusal of the general public, and in so doing attempt to bridge the gap between the scientific and global communities. I am currently working as a Marine Research Technician at Nature’s Valley Trust in Plettenberg Bay and writing a series of children’s books. The focal book follows the journey of a little girl as she discovers the magic of nature, the pull of the ocean and the power of our choices. The eight subsequent books follow the lives of the sea creatures that the little girl encountered. I will continue to add articles to this site as and when something awesome catches my attention.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
***All the photographs and videos on this site were taken by me, unless otherwise stated***