Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Main Attraction

 
Well, I have been to the alpaca farm several more times, it just draws me. So this would probably be my fourth post about these animals. This time the babies are half grown and they have recently been sheared. In the third picture, you can see most of the thick fur is gone, replaced by the shearing tracks. Their fleece fiber is as soft as cashmere, lightweight, warm and durable. It is much sought after and comes at a high price. Alpacas are animals of antiquity and come from the Andes over 6,000 years ago. The Incas measured their wealth by how many alpacas they owned, and considered them to be magical. A pregnant female sells for about $15,000, but that isn't why I return here again and again. I just love their bug soft eyes and gentle curiosity. This time we brought Ella, and she just loved them, they worked their magic on her as well.


"But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish of the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?"
Job 12:7

33 comments:

Regina said...

Well I don't think I'd get tired of these posts..and kinda glad you included the background info again. I remember looking that up because we do have a ranch over here in a town called Na'alehu. I should at least pay a visit as they are really cute..what nice shots you took, and expressions. I bet Ella was just jazzed going there with you!

reanaclaire said...

Hey Ginny.. the weather looks so nice compared to yesterday's storm.. a great outing to enjoy the greens and to snap pictures!

hip-chick said...

they are so darn cute!!!

Bobbi said...

Oh Ginny, they are so cute!! They almost don't look real. Little Ella sure is growing..

LC said...

All God's creatures! The first time I saw your baby photos I was entrsnced, too. This year's photo series really gives a different view!

Early March (pre-stroke) hubby and I were renting skis at a shop near Sugar Mountain in North Carolina. I saw handmade ski socks from alpaca fiber, produced locally. Yes, they were divinely soft and very expensive! Loved this "update."

From the Kitchen said...

They really are rather unique and I can see the draw. My son in New England said that he visited an alpaca farm over the weekend. I forgot to ask if he took photos.

Best,
Bonnie

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

I hope you got a lot of baby kisses while you were there, those faces melt my heart.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, The Alpacas are really appealing animals, aren't they? I sure do think so. I am glad to see the animals featured today on your wonderful blog. I just think they are happy-looking critters! Have an excellent day!

Karin said...

How fortunate that you could visit with your young Ella! They are such adorable animals and so soft!

Sandra said...

they are indeed magical. so happy you posted them again. i just love them and would so love to see them. i have not found any close enough to me to visit. i googled and the nearest is more than an hour away. there sweet faces just attract me. ella bella looks like they made her happy. are they really close to where you live? i would be there a lot if so.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

They're cute! I can't believe they are worth so much money though.

George said...

These are wonderful pictures of the alpacas (and of Ella). I can understand why you keep going back there.

Chatty Crone said...

I enjoyed the trip with you and your granddaughter. So they are very gently and loving creatures. They are cute.

Mary said...

It would be impossible to tire of your alpaca posts. Your photos are lovely and I appreciate the other information you have shared with us. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Your header made me smile. They are cute!

Joanne said...

Oh I LOVE these animals they look so cute!are they as friendly as they look? can you pet them?
Blessings, Joanne

Rose said...

Love your header shot...and love their big, soft eyes, also!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

They have the cutest faces! I can see why you like to visit them so much, Ginny!

Beverly said...

I want to go there when I come back! So glad to see Ella's picture with them. I've been thinking about her all day. Missed you at the party.

DawnTreader said...

Oh they're cute. The third one looks somewhat like a poodle except the neck is too long. And I love the first one with all the hair in his face ;)

Neal said...

They are so cute!!!!!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

They do have cute faces.

Lynn said...

Ginny, I have never seen these in person and would love to. (plus photograph them) I do know their fleece is amazingly soft. While your post is about "softness", my post on sponges is about "hardness", lol. Sponges are animals without a brain or central nevous system. Harvesting them to not change the ecological balance of the sea as when harvested the base or roots remain intact so that it regenerates itself. That alone makes sponges unique. In the past yes, have had these sponges, they are like a loofah in feel when they dry. Natural sponges are very beneficial to the skin even for toddlers. However, natural sponges are not cheap. The last few times we have been, we have not bought any for that reason. We actually love the beauty of Tarpon Springs and the docks and authenic Greek food. We also love the people in the community. Only 1 hour from us (but lots of heavy traffic) otherwise we would go more often just to eat.

Ann said...

right now, I like some Alpaca wool now to keep me warm.

In my City, Auckland, we had some flurries of snow, First time in 75 years.

Re: Klaus, not, there was no mention of how he died. The blogging fraternity seems to like him a lot.

Shug said...

Now aren't these the cutest things ever..and they look so soft. You really took some great pictures. I know it was a thrill for Ella..
Hugs to you

S. Etole said...

They are cute in their fuzzy little way.

Ann said...

I love alpaca wool but too rich for my blood. It's so soft though one of these days I may splurge.
Love the pictures, they are adorable.

LV said...

I can see why you keep going back. These little fellows and the big are cute.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous pictures of the Alpacas... I always enjoy seeing them. They have the sweetest little faces. Thanks for going back.
Hugs,
Betsy

SquirrelQueen said...

I love the 'hair' style of the first one, she could be making a fashion statement. You can show us all the alpacas you like, I will never tire of those cute little faces.

Sorry I missed you last night, my connection was down....again.

Our Journey said...

I don't know if Mike told you, but we just went to the Safari Zoo and a llama spit all over my hair & our car as we were driving through and feeding them. It was SO FUNNY! We couldn't stop laughing. Spit & all - they are still cute!!

Doris Sturm said...

They are so sweet looking...if I had a house with some acreage, I'd get a couple, just for fun!

My dog Gizzy reminds me of an alpaca sometimes, depending on what animal I'm in the mood for. He also can look like a teddy bear, a Koala bear and one of those imaginary characters from Starwars called Ewok....he's a riot and probably a lot cheaper than an alpaca LOL

Anonymous said...

These are incredible photos close-up of these cuties!

I also love your new post about school supplies. I always enjoyed the smell of new pencils, crayons etc. In first grade, we all used large brown pencils - not AS big as the one you are pictured with here though! Mrs. M. Lane