Almost every valley in the Austrian Alps holds some small, rarely-heard-of village. Many of them have tiny populations, cover very little area and have only one or two large buildings. The houses are mostly built using wood and in the old-fashioned style with sloping roofs to keep the snow off. Unlike the large cities where almost everybody knows some English, people in these villages speak only German. Therefore communication may be a problem for outsiders.
While the basic necessities such as electricity and paved roads are available in these villages, they have managed to resist widespread urbanization. Hopefully they will continue to do so, as what these villages hold in terms of historic and cultural value cannot be replaced by any city in the world.
In this photograph, a small village is flanked by the beautiful Austrian Alps. Clouds are gathering above the mountain tops.