Alpaca, One-Week Old

By: danitacahill

Sep 03 2012

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Category: Action shots, Agriculture, Alpaca, Animal Photography, Animals, Farm, Nature, Pets, Photography, Photojournalism, Portrait photography, Rural Photography, Summer


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This is Lady Contessa running and bucking and having a grand old-time in the field at our house.

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that it’s a challenge to capture baby alpacas playing. They are at their most playful right at dusk when the level of light is very low.

It’s funny how they make faces, holding their mouths in weird positions as they run and play – like human athletes.

I am totally infatuated with our alpacas. Especially now with the babies.

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5 comments on “Alpaca, One-Week Old”

  1. Oh Miss Danita: The unbounding enthusiasm of youth is so clearly revealed in this perfect photo of Lady C. It’s truly wonderful how every different species here on Earth always embodies the fresh perspective and wild abandon in their babies. These fiesty “chewbaccas” (baby alpacas have some special name?) are so amazing on so many levels, especially historically, as they have been domesticated with humans for a long time it seems. Your story here along with the shot of the baby exploring his new physical possibilities is at once both empowering and lovely in its simplicity. Your outstanding work as a photographer is duly noted! But the pictures alone would be lost without your insight and thoughts along side. Without looking, you must certainly be from Texas! hahaha

  2. Cissyblue – alpaca babies are called crias (CREE-uhs). But your description of “chewbaccas” is pretty fitting, too. They are hilarious creatures. And you’re right – if I’m not mistaken, alpacas are the animal which has longest been domesticated by man.

    I live in Oregon, but I think being mistaken for a Texan by a Texan is probably a high compliment. So, thank you for that!

    Love your comments. Keep ’em coming!

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