Furry Faces

Over the past 4 weeks we have had 5 new additions to the household. Our younger cat, Luna, was ‘knocked up’ by one of the local toms and gave birth to 5 little ones.

I have nearly always had cats but to see the birth and help the raising of them from birth has been an experience that I have enjoyed sharing with the boys. Although now we are at 4 weeks they are becoming more inquisitive and boisterous (watch out for the curtains!).

Anyway let me introduce you to (in order of appearance) Little Luna, Tabby, White Nose, Little Hugo (after the alleged father), and Blacky. All the names are temporary and just for identification purposes as most of them will be finding new homes soon.

Easter Egg Hunt 2019

Well its time for the world famous Mayrhofen Easter Egg Hunt!

Lots of kids of turned up for a mad dash through the Waldfestplatz in Mayrhofen, to grab some chocolate and sweeties, The weather was stunning, if not a bit fresh but perfect for a good egg hunt!

Thanks go to everyone who came along and contributed, Mayrhofen Gemeinde for their generous donation and of course to my beautiful wife, who so tirelessly organises this event.

#easteregghunt #mayrhofen #waldfestplatz #chocolateforbreakfast

Weddings of all sizes

When we think of weddings we normally think about grandeous events with hundreds of guests and exotic buffets, but that is not always the case and there are actually a lot of people that just prefer it to be small and private.  

We sometimes forget that the wedding is about two people who are in love and wish to show that to each other, with each other. Don’t get me wrong I love a big wedding and all the bells and whistles that go with it, but I also love being at these intimate weddings and being allowed to be part of something so  personal to the couple.

The photographic aspect can be challenging as you only have a limitiert number of subjects, but I embrace that challenge and I see my craft and skill improve because of it.  

#standesamt #hochzeit #mayrhofen #wedding #kleinundfein 

Snowbombing Road Trip 20th Anniversary Edition

It’s that time of the year and the circus rolls back in to town. Yes that’s right, snowbombing is back and this is their 20th year! So we headed in to the town to see the road trip come in, heralding the start of a week of craziness, fun and frivolity!  

#snowbombing #roadtrip #mayrhofen #borninthe90s #itsahardlifeinthemountains

Ski Race Day

As the winter draws to a close I can finally get some time to post some shots from the slopes.  

The other week I was contacted to shoot a ski race for a group from the UK in what was for most of them their first ever ski race. I was impressed with how well they all did as I was forced to think back to when I was a beginner (yes, it was that long ago!) and how it was those first few days on skis, such a strange feeling. 

They were a fun group and it was a pleasure to photograph them and give them some mementos of their holiday.

#skirace #mayrhofen #penken #somuessenbergsein #schischule3000

Monochrom Oktober 2018

Oops, forgot to post this and just found it lurking in the depths of the Blog.

Anyway please enjoy what was monochrom Oktober in 2018

#monochrom #blackandwhite

The Mayor's Birthday

On Saturday was the celebration of one of our neighbours, Monika, 50th birthday and we were cordially invited to come along to help celebrate. Of course I sneaked a camera along to snap a couple of shots seeing as she is the Mayor and all. In attendance was everyone from the political spectrum of the Zillertal and the Governor of Tirol, so just an informal gathering then!

#bürgermeisterin #monikawechselberger #landeshauptman #güntherplatter #big50 #zillertal

Test Track

Thursday had come round and as it is high season, I decided not to have an afternoon off skiing, but instead I chose to hike up to an old favourite place of mine, the Wiesenhof. It lies halfway up the Ahorn mountain on the Abfaht itself but the road to it is always covered in snow (well nearly always!).

It takes about an hour to hike up there and then about 10 minutes to Rodel down. For those of you who dont know what a Rodel is, it is a traditional Austrian toboggan. It is the best sport in the winter especially when you go with a group of people and have a couple of drinks at the top. It then turns into ‘Wacky Races’.

A quick disclaimer is that this road is not an official Rodelbahn and still only a road so it is not lit, controlled, or closed off to cars, so if you are in the valley I would recommend going to somewhere like the one at Gerlosstein

#rodeljedi #wiesenhof #wackyraces #itsahardlifeinthemountains