Such a beautiful dress on such a stunning girl! Tiffany, your smile is absolutely infectious and you are just radiant!
Cheetah experience is a big cat sanctuary located just on the outskirts of Bloemfontein. What an amazing place and a phenomenal experience located right on my doorstep! We had the opportunity to pet some of the cats and to see some beautiful genetic variations of the big cats – white lions and pitch black leopards! I take my hat off to the people who live and work with these animals, they really are doing some amazing work conserving and rehabilitating some of the most endangered species on the continent! And of course I had to include a picture of my favourite big cat, Merlin, just look how ferocious he is!!
We had the most amazing opportunity, as part of the SASHG gala dinner, to be drawn in caricature. These are some pictures of the process which Alan Simpson goes through to produce his artwork. The most amazing thing, in my opinion, is that the entire process takes about 15 minutes and he is incredibly certain about his drawing. Let me explain further, as an artist myself I take hours to produce even a simple sketch, most of those hours spent erasing what I have drawn, and by the end of it I am most likely still not satisfied. This is certainly not the case with Alan! What an experience it was to watch him work! You can check out his website at: http://www.alansimpson.co.za/
I recently attended the Southern African Society of Human Genetics (SASHG) conference held in Sandton at the Maslow. We had a wonderful evening at the Turbine hall, which, to be honest, looks like a dump from the outside, but is a completely different world on the inside. This was a fantastic opportunity and even I, the most antisocial person on the block, managed to network with fellow Geneticists, in keeping with the theme of the conference: Genetworking.
I took this on my way home today. When we lived in Johannesburg and came down to Ficksburg to visit, or when we came back from visiting Johannesburg I remember my mom always telling me that when I saw this mountain, Soutkop, we were almost at our destination. My grandmother has also always had a large painting of this mountain showcased behind her bed. It is a very interesting and unique subject to photograph.