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SCHLEGEIS LAKE, AUSTRIA
source:  twisted sifter - photo of the day

SCHLEGEIS LAKE, AUSTRIA

source:  twisted sifter - photo of the day

A participant dressed as Krampus walks the streets in search of delinquent children during Krampusnacht on November 30, 2013 in Neustift im Stubaital, Austria. Sixteen Krampus groups including over 200 Krampuses participated in the first annual Neustift event. Krampus, in Tyrol also called Tuifl, is a demon-like creature represented by a fearsome, hand-carved wooden mask with animal horns, a suit made from sheep or goat skin and large cow bells attached to the waist that the wearer rings by running or shaking his hips up and down. Krampus has been a part of Central European, alpine folklore going back at least a millennium, and since the 17th-century Krampus traditionally accompanies St. Nicholas and angels on the evening of December 5 to visit households to reward children that have been good while reprimanding those who have not.(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

A participant dressed as Krampus walks the streets in search of delinquent children during Krampusnacht on November 30, 2013 in Neustift im Stubaital, Austria. Sixteen Krampus groups including over 200 Krampuses participated in the first annual Neustift event. Krampus, in Tyrol also called Tuifl, is a demon-like creature represented by a fearsome, hand-carved wooden mask with animal horns, a suit made from sheep or goat skin and large cow bells attached to the waist that the wearer rings by running or shaking his hips up and down. Krampus has been a part of Central European, alpine folklore going back at least a millennium, and since the 17th-century Krampus traditionally accompanies St. Nicholas and angels on the evening of December 5 to visit households to reward children that have been good while reprimanding those who have not.(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Sisi Museum, Vienna, Austria

Sisi Museum, Vienna, Austria

Speicher Durlassboden

Speicher Durlassboden

The Bärenschützklamm is located just 30 miles from city of Grac, in the Styria region, Austria.

Gosau, Austria

Gosau, Austria

Bad Blumau, Austria

Bad Blumau, Austria

Hintersee

Hintersee is a municipality in the district of Salzburg-Umgebung in the state of Salzburg in Austria.

Scenic Viewpoint in Austria

Scenic Viewpoint in Austria

Bumpy Road in Austria - imagine traversing this in the snow and ice.

Bumpy Road in Austria - imagine traversing this in the snow and ice.

Ballet in Austria - sequence shots layered to demonstrate the motion

Ballet in Austria - sequence shots layered to demonstrate the motion

The marmots and me: The schoolboy, 8, who has struck up a remarkable friendship with a colony of alpine animals
By RACHEL MCDERMOTT

They are notoriously shy around humans, beating their tails and chattering their teeth to try to warn us off before emitting loud whistles to tell other members of their colony to flee.

But when these alpine marmots see Matteo Walch, they scuttle to his side and show him nothing but affection.

The eight-year-old built up a remarkable relationship with the creatures since first being taken to see them by his nature-loving family four years ago.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2193986/Matteo-Walch-8-strikes-remarkable-friendship-clan-marmots-Austria.html#ixzz25GQa6FuL

The Cheetah (1886) - Aloys Zötl
Beautiful watercolours 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. 
He was relatively unknown until, decades after his death.
(Public Domain)

The Cheetah (1886) - Aloys Zötl

Beautiful watercolours 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.

He was relatively unknown until, decades after his death.

(Public Domain)
Piece of the Alps, Obertauern, Austria

Piece of the Alps, Obertauern, Austria