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?"