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November 2010

Unidentified Jumping Frog

A Blog Post by Ivan Muller

I have been incredibly lucky that I have found quite a lot of interesting things to photograph right on my doorstep. The path leading up to my front door has a long fishpond next to it. Quite a few frogs live in the pond and this in turn attracts snakes. It is very difficult to capture a frog on digital film because they swim away instantly when they see me. This week I was lucky because unluckily, for the frog, it had jumped right out of the pond and was sitting in a shady corner of the staircase leading up to my front door.

Unidentified Jumping Frog
Unidentified Jumping Frog
Created: Sun, 28/11/2010 - 17:49

Bees invade Red Vespa in Milan!

A Blog Post by Ivan Muller

Whilst walking in 'the' most fashionable shopping area in Milan during our holiday in May this year, we came across this sight. A swarm of bees had invaded a very fashionable red Vespa scooter! I spend a few minutes photographing a press photographer (that kindly stepped out of my way while I was photographing the scene), the beekeepers trying their luck removing the bees and a policeman keeping a watchfull eye from a safe distance.

It even made the news channels on TV that night, although I couldnt understand a word.

Bees invade Red Vespa in Milan!
Bees invade Red Vespa in Milan!
Bees invade Red Vespa in Milan!
Created: Thu, 18/11/2010 - 10:58

Port st Johns House

A Blog Post by Ivan Muller

In January 1985 I was on holiday in Port St Johns on the Wild Coast. I had been on holiday there before when I was still in primary school and had allways wanted to go back there to show it to my wife, Cheryl.

Port St Johns is off the beaten track and quite isolated. We stayed in tents in the local caravan park close to a lagoon a few miles down the coast from the town of Port St Johns. I will never forget the roar of hundreds of frogs at night! The beaches are perfect and we had a most relaxing holiday.

Port St Johns, Transkei 1985
Port St Johns, Transkei 1985
Created: Thu, 18/11/2010 - 09:33

The Lion of Lucerne

A Blog Post by Ivan Muller

From as early as the 17th century, Swiss mercenaries had served in the French royal household. During the August Insurrection in 1792, King Louis the 16th, and his family took refuge from the revolutionary mobs in the General Assembly. Before this the King and his household had been forced to moved from the Palace of Versailles to the Tuileries Palace. The revolutionaries stormed the General Assembly and fighting broke out. The Swiss mercenaries guarding the King eventually ran out of ammunition and were overwhelmed by the mob.

The Lion of Lucerne and four tourists, May 2010
The Lion of Lucerne and four tourists, May 2010
Created: Sat, 06/11/2010 - 11:52

Monday Morning

A Blog Post by Ivan Muller

The photographs featured here today were taken, literally, in front of the door to my office and not more than a half an hour apart!

My office is exactly seven meters from my front door.

To keep our two boxers from roaming the streets and causing havoc, we have to fence them in. One of the small gates to our garden is right next to our front door. That's were the two boxers, Viggo and Milla, lie and wait for any unsuspecting visitors and then jump up aginst the gate and bark like mad when they ring the front door bell. It can be quite an unnerving and frightening experience!

Our new boxer pup, Milla.
Our new boxer pup, Milla.
Two love birds having a bath
Two love birds having a bath
Monday Morning
Monday Morning
Created: Wed, 03/11/2010 - 13:35