a pasture with a view

Posted by franz (Baden, Austria) on 23 April 2014 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

tirol 2013 (8)

these are beautiful haflinger horses, a local breed that is famous for its hardiness and usefulness in the mountains. they spend summer on pastures high up in the mountains (in this case, above fiss and serfaus) - unless they are needed for work on the farm or in the woods (which nowadays does not happen as often as in the past, of course ...). most haflingers are blond, with magnificent long manes, but other colours can be found as well.

the fence-like things in the distance, between the horses, are avalanche barriers. they are supposed to break the momentum of the snow masses as they slide down the slopes in winter. they are made of massive steel girders and/or steel cables and can withstand quite a lot of pressure

Pentax K-x 1/500 second F/10.0 ISO 800 30 mm (35mm equiv.)

tirol | fiss | mountains | haflinger-horses

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Your words add much to the already-sweet posting here . . the horses look very relaxed about it all.

23 Apr 2014 6:02am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautiful looking horses a little reminiscent of our Dartmoor ponies and what a stunning place they have to graze

23 Apr 2014 6:48am

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Look’s like you staged the horses for this remarkable shot :-)
Love the compressed telephoto-perspective.

23 Apr 2014 7:36am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Well people say it's a dogs life, but on this evidence you would have to argue against that!!

23 Apr 2014 7:39am

HBHG from Tehran, Iran

Very beautiful.
Wonderful.

23 Apr 2014 7:43am

omid from mashhad, Iran

Excellent!
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such beautiful composition, colors & lighting!
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L O V E L Y !

23 Apr 2014 7:57am

Amir Jafari from Tehran, Iran

What a beautiful shot, beautiful horses and green place, I like to be there...

23 Apr 2014 10:25am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very wide, very beautiful !

23 Apr 2014 10:33am

Akbar&Armaghan from Gorgan, Iran

Wow!!

P E R F E C T!!

23 Apr 2014 10:40am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Wonderful animals and beautiful background.:-)

23 Apr 2014 10:54am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

These beautiful animals seem to be sitting in the lap of luxury Franz! Nicely captured! ;-)

23 Apr 2014 12:57pm

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

This is so very beautiful with a special calm touch; I'd call it "The Afternoon of the Horses"!

23 Apr 2014 1:43pm

Don from Spokane, United States

This unusual breed make a fine subject for this shot. It has strong impact and has very good eye-catching quality.

23 Apr 2014 2:46pm

Visioplanet from Kolkata, India

Glorious! Makes me wonder what life would be like if I was a horse up on the mountains... :)

23 Apr 2014 3:25pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Gorgeous portraits, a wonderful view point, nice capture !

23 Apr 2014 3:37pm

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