“Magical Village.”

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Photos by Benedek Lampert
I spent few days in a small village in Austria .
Breitenstein is a magical place in a the valley in the Alps.
I didn’t sleep too much, but it didn’t matter. I went there to take pictures, not to sleep.
I woke up always in the dawn because of the sunrise.

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I photographed all day, after I went to sleep late ’cause of the astrophotography.
It was a tiring photo tour but worth it. I really hope that you will like it.
More info: 500px.com
Source: I Photographed A Magical Village In Alps | Bored Panda

“Kreuzkogel”.

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Passionate ski mountaineer and Your Shot member Peter Svoboda loves minimalist compositions in his winter-themed mountain photography.
Svoboda saw this scene unfold from about a mile away on the summit of Kreuzkogel in the Austrian Alps.
Kreuzkogel-Skigebiet-Grossarl“The angle of [the] slope … and [the] afternoon sun created rather attractive shapes at first sight,” he writes. “I was waiting on the top of the mountain and took some pictures with the lonely tree.
But it was not enough for me.” After he’d photographed a group of skiers who were enjoying the deep powder, this lone figure “was like icing on the cake,” he writes. “The mood was there.”
via Skier Image, Austrian Alps.

“The Bestiarium”.

759px-Aloys_Zötl,_Der_HulockThese beautiful watercolours come from the Austrian painter Aloys Zötl’s Bestiarium, a series of exquisite paintings of various animals undertaken from 1831 through until his death in 1887.
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He was relatively unknown until, decades after his death, his work was “re-discovered” by surrealist André Breton who was taken by the surrealist aesthetic he saw present in the images – as he writes:
“Lacking any biographical details about the artist, one can only indulge one’s fantasies in imagining the reasons which might have induced this workman from Upper Austria, a dyer by profession, to undertake so zealously between 1832 and 1887 the elaboration of the most sumptuous bestiary ever seen.” (Wikipedia)
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[Source] Housed at: Wikimedia Commons
See more Images via The Bestiarium of Aloys Zötl (1831-1887) | The Public Domain Review.

“Our Life Below the Surface”.

1166‘Vandenberg: Life Below the Surface’ is simply a breathtaking exhibition by creative genius & Austrian photographer Andreas Franke.
The exhibit features a dozen digitally composited images on the Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg that was scuttled in May 2009.
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 The 4 x 5ft photographs stretch along 200 feet on the starboard side of the Vandenberg’s weather deck, 93 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.
Source: These Outstanding Underwater Photos Are Simply Magic

“Smallest Restaurant in the World”.

Holzknechthuette-11ae2817This restaurant caters for a maximum of four people with a majestic view from its panoramic window.
A culinary highlight in the truest sense of the word is the “Holzknechthütte”. On the open fire, the chef prepares a multi-course menu in Carinthian tradition.
The “Holzknechthütte” exceeds all expectations – be it atmosphere, the view, the menu selection or the warmth of the chef.
All dishes are freshly prepared in front of you and fine wines and home-made “Schnapps” complete the unique experience.
The story of the “Holzknechthütte,“ Carinthia, Austria.
The forest workers – in Carinthia mainly lumberjacks – spent a whole week in the woods.
Up to the middle of the last century, lumberjacks would walk on foot to the far-away working places. As they made this trip only once a week they needed an on-site place for cooking and sleeping.
These were the simple lumberjack huts. Made of bark, they offered protection from wind and weather.
The food prepared on open fire was simple, healthy and good.
via The smallest restaurant in the world – Almdorf Seinerzeit Carinthia.