Two “L”s two “A”s… what else?
I can’t believe I’ve made numerous posts from our South America trip and not done one on the iconic animals of the Andes – the Llamas, the Alpacas, and the lesser known Vicuna! It didn’t take long to meet a few of these guys once we arrived in Cusco – there were several of them being paraded around town for us tourists. While I took the obligatory pics, hopefully the ones in this post are more spontaneous (if only a little) than those “canned” shots. The above is as close as I came to a self portrait on this trip – if you look closely, there I am – literally sticky a camera in this poor Llama’s eye….actually I was a few yards away and using a telephoto – but it still may be the only surviving photo of me from South America.
The next one is a close up of a Vicuna – a much smaller animal than the llama and owner of the “highest quality natural fiber” on earth. I’m sure you will agree that these amazingly attractive animals not only dress well but are incredibly cute in their own right.
The last photos are ones that have been taken a million times – but I couldn’t figure out how NOT to take them. The first is a shot of the Llamas at Machu Picchu asserting their “right of way” with the tourists. It was always a delightful feeling having to back off for one of these guys coming up the stairs.