István Keller ~~~
Birds from Africa
Birds from Europe
Birds from South-America
Lions, Leopards, Jaguars, Cheetahs, Servals
Matusalem-aged olive trees in Southern Italy...
Ostuni and its surrounding is the biggest olive-oil producer region in Italy. The region´s history goes back to the stone-age. Quite many of the trees are well over 1000 years old, still today producing their precious fruit.
Their grandness can be hardly described in words...They are nature´s wonder monuments.
Vultures and other birds of prey in Spain...
(Merops nubicoides)... (Southern) Carmine bee-eaters are migratory birds.
Their breeding season is in the second half of the dry season (Aug-Nov) in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
From there they move down to South Africa and from there they continue to migrate back to equatorial
Africa during Mar-Aug.
A Glance At African Wildlife...
Zambia´s Luangwa valley is one of the continent´s richest area in terms of wildlife.
The plentiful of species will be ever more visible as the dry season nears it´s end
and animals desparately looking for food and life saving water...
Fine-art panoramas on canvas
WRC 1:43 models
1:43 scale WRC car collection...
The story of how I got into collecting these limited 1:43 scale models would be too long for this space, so let just say, that the first model was a surprise Christmas present more than 20 years ago. The “Nicolo” was nobody else than Arne Hertz - at that time co-pilot of Hannu Mikkola – the world champion Finnish rally driver, who - at that time - was racing for the official Audi rally team, driving the revolutionary Audi Quattro. Hence the little present was a ready- built little replica of their Audi Quattro S1. I was as happy as a little child when I saw the perfectly detailed model and when I learned that such models can also be bought and assembled, I was set. Sure enough plenty of my “pocket money” was spent on such models in the following years. At the beginning they were bought to be assembled. From scratch, to be painted, glued, stickers put on - all the details precisely after the individual, specific world rally championship event. The assembly work often proved to be quite torturous as I often had to hand-paint millimeter pieces and to glue smaller than 2 millimeter spare parts and stickers. It was strickly forbidden to make any mistakes, because the individual stickers were unique for that model version – no replacement available. Long hours of work with magnifying glasses and poor computer screens could not pass without traces. My eyes got weaker and I had to stop doing assembly work. But I was lucky too. These models became more and more popular and some of the few producers started to manufacture ready made models. From then onward I only had to patiently wait for the desired models to be launched. As I am writing these lines, I have 150 little models and I hope the collection will still grow by a few pieces in the future... If you are interested, you can have a look at some of them...
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