In the sleepy district hidden far away deep within Steiermark within the Austrian Alps lies a small hamlet. To reach the village of Allgau takes about 8 km on a narrow road upwards from St. Ruprecht.

It is the place of traditional wooden farmhouses with alpine pastures.

Traditional Austrian Farmhouse - Allgau, Steiermark - Austria
Traditional Austrian Farmhouse – Allgau, Steiermark – Austria

It’s autumn now – September while I write this blog post. I figure it was appropriate to take the Fujifilm GFX G50s out. This camera is a wonderful medium format (digital). While it’s not really a machine to operate in automatic mode. It’s much better suited to use in manual exposure mode. This way you are sure to get the light the way you want it to be and look on the final image. (That’s how these images were taken.)

Frauenalpe

Frauenalp - Steiermark, Austria
Frauenalpe – Steiermark, Austria
Frauenalp - Steiermark, Austria
Frauenalpe – Steiermark, Austria

The day previously I had hiked with my girlfriend and my mother-in-law to the peak of the Frauenalpe. Actually the winter before in 2017 I had toured with the mountaineering skis. On both occasions I used the beast – the mighty GFX camera. You can see also these images too on this very blog.

Allgau

The Allgau village is quiet and away from anything really. Only the sound of the cattle as I approached them while photographed the old farmhouse chapel (see below). Many of the farmhouses here have such annexes to them. Whether they be chapels or religious dedications there’s usually one around somewhere!

Close up of the farmhouse chapel
Close up of the farmhouse chapel
Religious dedication - Allgau, Steiermark, Austria
Religious dedication – Allgau, Steiermark, Austria

It was late in the morning – 8am. Late in terms of light and landscape photography. However the light was beginning to lend itself quite nicely to my subjects.

Morning light begins
Morning light begins

Then, there it was! Over the bridge the wooden house and shed sitting on the edge to an open pasture with a backdrop of mountains.

Over the bridge
Over the bridge

This little village of Allgau is surrounded by mountains while high above the valley below there were still hills aboves to conquer.

Mountains surrounding Allgau
Mountains surrounding Allgau

Buildings here are made locally from the woods circling Allgau. See the sawmill below and logs waiting to be turned in wooden planks.

Local sawmill - Allgau
Local sawmill – Allgau

Allgau offers biking tracks and walking routes.

https://www.bergfex.at/sommer/steiermark/touren/radfahren/48992,st-georgen–st-ruprecht–allgau/

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September 16, 2018

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