From the top of Lion’s Head

Our group of scientists, finally at the top (Pic: Heather Whitehorn)

Our group of scientists, finally at the top (Pic: Heather Whitehorn)

My lab is hosting a student from the University of Bristol so one of the other students decided it would be nice to have a lab outing. This Tuesday a group of us set off to climb Lion’s Head, one of the mountains around Cape Town. Continue reading

Spiders to Spider-man

A few weeks back I had a lecture on photography and, to practice what we learned, we were sent outside to go and take some photographs. During that time I found a rather large and imposing spider, with a suitably large and imposing web, in one of the trees in the quad. It turned out to be quite a challenge to photograph a spider as it was in an awkward position, I only had the camera on my phone which wouldn’t auto-foucs on the spider, and I was a bit nervous about getting too close. I didn’t get a picture of it that day but I didn’t stop trying.

The spider was in the same quad where I went to eat my lunch so I got into the habit of keeping an eye on it and, occasionally, trying to take it’s photograph. Eventually I learned that my phone would actually hold it’s auto focus without taking the picture if you held down the camera button, which was a tip we were taught. That let me try a couple more times to get a picture and I did have a bit more success then, although I still didn’t know what kind of spider it was. Continue reading


Life is fragile and delicate. But it is also resilient and will do all it can to continue.

I’m certainly no photographer, I know, but I still think this is a cool picture or at least an interesting subject. The hair in the basin plug appears to have trapped a seed which has now started to grow. It’s not the first time it’s happened though, I doubt the plant will last long. It has enough water but I think it lacks the nutrients it needs to keep growing. Regardless of the conditions, no one wants a huge plant growing in the middle of their basin.