Tiny House in a Landscape

This weeks Tiny House in a Landscape is a photo taken by my son on a high school trip to Europe a couple of years ago. This photograph was taken somewhere in Bavaria, in southern Germany.

Ted travelled mainly by train so was not always able to get close to his subjects. He however spotted this and saw a beautiful landscape. I personally spotted the little structure that may be a tiny home or workshop. There is a light on so someone is inside enjoying the shelter and warmth of this tiny structure.

Photography by Ted Griswold

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Anson E. Long - January 8, 2011 Reply

The yellow rectangle “on” the structure appears to be not a lit window but a sign along the road; there’s another to the left.

    Josh - January 8, 2011 Reply

    The yellow rectangle “on” the structure appears to be not a lit window but a sign along the road; there’s another to the left.

    I concur; it appears to be exactly that. And I have to disagree with Kent’s assertion that it is a small house or workshop – it appears to be right on the road! It almost looks like it could have been some sort of road checkpoint in the past. Those signs look like they’re probably on either side of a road, and that building is right up next to it; I don’t know what good reason there would be for a building right on the road like that.

      Kent Griswold - January 8, 2011 Reply

      Yes, after looking at it closer you both are right. I should have checked it myself and not made that assumption. Thanks for letting me know.

Lisa - January 8, 2011 Reply

It looks so much like Montana! 🙂

Kate - January 8, 2011 Reply

Fairly typical toll hut in the alps. I’ve seen several similar structures in Austria. The yellow sign is probably a price list. Toll booths are rather more solid and comfortable in the mountains than elsewhere, as it can be quite cold even in the summer sometimes. They usually contain an oven, a table and chairs, and a radio that plays regional music all day long. The stereotypical alpine toll collector looks like Heidi’s grandfather.

    Mike - January 9, 2011 Reply

    As it is in Bavaria (Germany) and not in Austria, it surely
    is not a toll booth. I believe its a bus stop, which would explain
    the yellow sign next to the booth and the list (=bus schedule) on
    the building and that it seems to be build at a road.

      Kate - January 9, 2011 Reply

      Bavaria and Austria are very similar geographically and culturally, more similar than Bavaria and the rest of Germany, hence my assumption. It could be a bus stop shelter, but they’re usually not that big. It’s probably just a random shed. It’s not unusual for older buildings to stand near a newer road that has nothing to do with the purpose of the building. As for the yellow signs, I believe Andreas has got it right (see his explanation below).

Joe3 - January 9, 2011 Reply

Montana? I’m impressed, guess I’ll have to put Montana on my ‘to see’ list, it’s not al all what i thought it was like. Kudos, Lisa

Nice landscape whatever the structure is!

Joe3 - January 9, 2011 Reply

Montana? I’ll have to add montana to my ‘must see’ list, it’s not al all what I thought Montana would be like. Kudos, Lisa

Nice landscape, whatever the building really is.

Andreas - January 9, 2011 Reply

As an inhabitant of germany I can solve the mystery for
you: The yellow signs mark the beginning and end of a village
announcing the name of the settlement and to which county it
belongs to when entering and the distance and name of the next
settlement when leaving. Here are some pictures what they look
like: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ortsschild

Peggy - January 10, 2011 Reply

I put this photo on my computer as wallpaper in order to see it in a much larger format.

The building appears to be a covered bridge over a stream coming down the mountain.

Whatever it is, this is a beautiful scene.

Ilana - January 12, 2011 Reply

These “THL’s” almost always make really nice desktop wallpaper. This one may not be a tiny house, but it looks great on my laptop!

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