Nostalgia & Calmness, Gaschurn, Vorarlberg
Gaschurn, Vorarlberg, municipality in the district of Bludenz, alt. 979 m, pop. 1,714, area 176.78 km2, bi-seasonal tourism, situated in the upper Montafon valley close to the Swiss border; the municipality consists of the Walser settlement G. (first documented mention 1423) and the Partenen village (1499); largest municipality of Vorarlberg in terms of area.
Pfarrkirche St. Michael a historic church in neo-Romanic style, the new parish church was consecrated in 1869 by Franz Josef Rudigier, Bishop of Linz, who was born in Partenen.
Notable features of this parish church:
· Altar and ceiling pictures in late Nazarine style by Franz and Jakob Bertle, brothers from Schruns.
· High altar from the workshop of Fidelis Rudhart in Feldkirch (1911).
· The former church had a rare pulpit in the shape of a whale with Jonah the prophet.
· By the church stands the only "Tanzlaube" in Montafon, a building originally used as a social gathering place and court room.
Vorarlberg is the westernmost federal-state (Land) of Austria. Although it is the second smallest in terms of area (Vienna is the smallest) and population (Burgenland is less populated), it borders three countries: Germany (Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg via Lake Constance), Switzerland (Graubünden and St. Gallen) and Liechtenstein. The only Austrian federal state that shares a border with Vorarlberg is Tyrol to the east.
The capital of Vorarlberg is Bregenz, although Dornbirn and Feldkirch are larger cities in terms of population. Vorarlberg is also distinct in that it is the only province in Austria that does not speak an Austro-Bavarian, but rather an Alemannic dialect; it therefore culturally has much more in common with its Alemannic-speaking neighbors Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Swabia than with Bavaria and the rest of Austria.
The main rivers in Vorarlberg are the Ill (running through the Montafon and Walgau valleys into the Rhine), the Rhine (forming the border to Switzerland), the Bregenzer Ach and the Dornbirner Ach. Important lakes, apart from Lake Constance are Lüner Lake, Silvretta Lake, Vermunt Lake, Spuller Lake, the Kops Basin and Formarin Lake; the first four were created for the production of hydroelectric energy. However even before the dam for the power plant was built, Lüner Lake was the largest mountain lake in the Alps. Most of this hydroelectric energy is exported to Germany at peak times. At night energy from power plants in Germany is used to pump water back into some of the lakes.
As there are several notable mountain ranges in Vorarlberg, such as the Silvretta, the Rätikon, the Verwall and the Arlberg, there are many famous skiing regions (Arlberg, Montafon, Bregenzer Wald) and ski resorts (Lech, Zürs, Schruns, Warth, Damüls, Brand and many more). Damüls is also famous as the municipality with the most annual snowfall worldwide (on average 9.30 meters). The highest mountain is Piz Buin, whose rocky peak of 3,312 meters is surrounded by glaciers. Vorarlberg is supposed to enjoy the greatest scenic diversity within limited confines in the entire Eastern Alps; it adjoins the Western Alps. The distance from Lake Constance and the plains of the Rhine valley across the medium altitude and high alpine zones to the glaciers of the Silvretta range is a mere 90 km. (Source: vorarlberg & wikipedia)
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osmansah (314) 2011-07-13 1:47
Bu ve diğer fotograflarınız çok net.Kontrast ve renkler harika.Kompozisyon harika.Tek kelime ile süper tebrikler..
jjcordier (75132) 2011-07-13 2:30
Ces villages du Vorarlberg ne manquent vraiment pas de charme. S'y promener est un plaisir....APN en mains bien sûr!
RhodieIke (11536) 2011-07-13 2:33
Hi George, Super photo, Makes me yearn to be in Austria on holiday,Great colour's, light and presentation, found this Austrian poem, The night is too dark
to distinguish my words,
but never too dark to absorb
all that is too deep for words.
How little we are, how weak,
how blind, how foolish
to wish on stars when mountains slopes
and greenery lie at our feet.
God has created too much for our eyes
yet our pens will always seek
to express. Have a nice day, Cheers Iain.
dta (64946) 2011-07-13 2:33
Hello George ,
Voralberg is a region I should enjoy to visit . What a fine composition ! With a springtime scenery . The perspective with te white and black chalet in the FG in the left is excellent .
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2011-07-13 2:42
I have been to Austria but not to this place. Spectacular picturesque shot. A charming place at the foot of the mountain with so much greenery. You have captured the beauty in full force. Fantastic colors and sharpness.
timecapturer (47420) 2011-07-13 5:17
this looks like such a beautiful place to stay, and you have captured its character and essence perfectly. Stunning scenery and a perfectly executed shot. Idyllic!
Enjoy the rest of the week - regards Brian.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-07-13 5:59
Whiteness of the facade is in accordance with the wood skated by the bad weather. The road and the neatness give a depth pleasant to this magnificent mountainous and spring landscape. Excellent quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Sergiom (57741) 2011-07-13 6:23
Les arbres sont encore en fleurs au mois d'avril. La belle maison en diagonale dans l'image guide bien le regard vers la montagne majestueuse en arrière plan.
baddori (19221) 2011-07-13 7:38
Ottima nota ..il pulpito a forma di balena e Giona.
Conosco un po questa zona che amo, i luoghi che hai scritto...i laghetti , la neve gli abeti innevati ...il cuore delle Alpi e la pianura più vicina il Baden-Württemberg, Titisee.
Un caro abbraccio ed una randonee in montagna.
Silvio1953 (119581) 2011-07-13 11:29
Ciao George, lovely composition with beautiful building and fantastic mountain, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mauro61 (52623) 2011-07-13 14:21
una immagine ricca di tanti elementi che arricchiscono la tua composizione e grande bravura da parte tua nel riprendere la scena,
siamesa (27737) 2011-07-13 15:30
Boa noite George
Lovely place. Thanks for sharing it with us. A very beautiful composition.That house in the end of the way is charming.
jugnutoor (1017) 2011-07-13 22:15
Hi George, Very nice looking beautiful place, good lightning and excellently managed colors, loved the perspective and composition.
Graal (96432) 2011-07-13 23:47
Jó napot George,
nice panoramic landscape. Good title. Yes, calm mood here. I like the mountain architecture of houses. Good note and done photo.
Have a nice day.
pablominto (53744) 2011-07-13 23:52
A fine postcard, including the typical alpine architecture!
The apple blossom combines well with the remains of snow in the mountains, conveying this wonderful feeling of spring...
A fine composition with good details, great colours!
dkmurphys (48088) 2011-07-14 1:39
Splendid capture, a true beautiful place to rest with that splendid background. Nice colors and contrasts, well catch.
bukitgolfb301 (35230) 2011-07-15 14:46
Hi my dear George, how are you?
Sorry for my late reply as I am so busy wekday.
Back to the architecture from human being!
Another arrtarctive shot by using the appropriate perspective! Great framewrok, sharp presentaion in the detail and well considered compsition(including color allocation) are perfect as usual. Thanks for your sharing finest work and have a good day!
Takero from now traveling in Sendai
Schnappilic (9690) 2011-07-18 12:30
Superb shot and perspective, great atmosphere. Well done!
cornejo (30033) 2011-07-19 5:32
Geörgy greetings. A beautiful picture of this very nice place full of calm and tranquility, a good shot and a work very nice, technically very well. Congratulation. Have a good afternoon and a happy week, thanks for sharing.
Best regards, Angel.
sacavem (18610) 2011-07-19 12:41
Very nicely captured and composed shot from a very good POV.For me it is also nostalgic to see these images of Austria, a country with magnificent landscapes.
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-07-30 2:41
Ola George ,
Que lugar magnifico bem acolhedor para passar umas férias , gostei muito dos detalhes das casas , bonita a paisagem de fundo , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-27
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2011-07-13 1:37