Thursday, June 9, 2011

The big guys...

Alpacas are bred purely for their fleece. They are not pack animals like llamas and therefore are much smaller. Still...the herdsires of the Alpaca Bella Suri Farm looked pretty big out in the field...


...a beautiful Suri Alpaca herdsire stands tall in the field.



Alpacas are ruminants like cows, therefore, they eat grass and forage in pastures. They eat only the blades of grass and don't tear it up by the roots.


...these two males don't really qualify as cute! They are handsome...and sweet too, but not quite as sweet as the females and crias. Your teeth are definitely safe from cavities with this post!



...another post in the A Week of Alpacas series.

18 comments:

Elaine said...

I like these guys! What personality they have!

holdingmoments said...

They are such beautiful animals Kelly.

Wanda..... said...

The big guys are so lean and muscular looking, while chenile comes to mind with the pale mama and baby Suri Alpaca.

texwisgirl said...

such beauties! more regal-looking than 'cute' per se. have really enjoyed this series!

Jeni said...

Do they "groom" them like you would a horse? They sure could use it!

Out on the prairie said...

They always catch my eye.They are good protecters also.

Toni said...

Kelly, so when are you going to paint these beautiful animals? The babies are just adorable.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Lovely animals, gorgeous coats and I have used Alpaca for knitting before, baby type, so soft and so earthy~

Matteo Grilli said...

Awesome photographs!

Pam Johnson Brickell said...

This is a great series, Kelly!

Debbie said...

i have really enjoyed this series.

i love all your close ups, they offer so much detail...

such beauties!!!

Sarah Knight said...

Ah, whatta cutie ; )

Roy said...

You have produced some great shots of all these wooly animals Kelly.{:)

Montanagirl said...

They're pretty neat! I think they're quite likeable. I've been having trouble with blogger too; sometimes your blog page just won't open for me, hope you get this comment.

Lois Evensen said...

How very precious! I love to knit with Alpaca fleece. It is wonderful to wear, too.

Tammie Lee said...

you are so right, big handsome guys!!

freebird said...

Boy, I sure want one of these now. No, I won't get one but you've taken some good shots that make them very appealing.

Kelly said...

...thanks, everyone for the fun and kind comments. Photographing four-legged hairy, fleecy creatures is a lot different from photographing birds and flowers, and I loved it. I no doubt will make it back out to Apaca Bella Suri Farm to play with the alpacas again, and I'll have more photos to post. I'd like to get a few books about alpacas also to learn more about them. They are incredibly interesting and gentle animals.