Thursday, January 24, 2008

llama mama

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Llama farms are popping up as fast as the dairy farms are disappearing. One family keeps them in a backyard suburban lot.

This is a large farm just north of here. The llama's are often in the barnyard doing whatever llama's do.

I'm going to explain a little bit about how some of these photos are shot. Most are shot on rural roads which are straight as an arrow. There is, however, no place to pull the car over to take shots. So I must stop in the roadway, constantly looking in the rear view mirror as a take a quick photo or two. There are occasional spots that have small pull offs that farmer uses to access the fields, but in the winter time those are covered with snow drifts.

It was 15 degrees below zero this morning and I'm feeling quite black & white!

10 comments:

Rose said...

Love this photo....and it sounds like your trips to take pictures are much like mine. A lot of the roads I take are really off the beaten track, so I do just pull to the side as far as possible, knowing that the chances of someone coming is slim to none, but if they do, they can just go around me.

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Black and white and frozen, no doubt! Still a great photo though.

Curious, what are they using the llamas for?

Suzanne said...

When these places started to spring up I promised myself I was going to do some research, but that hasn't happened yet! I believe they're raised for their fiber, like sheep. Fiber production for yarn and other purposes is such a big industry in Illinois that it's traded as a commodity.

There are endless commercials on late night TV about the benefits of having a Llama farm. So many commercials that it leads me to believe that the #1 business of Llama farms is to breed and sell more llamas!

Anonymous said...

It looks beautiful.

Ginnie said...

Beautiful shot.

Mountain Dweller said...

It was worth battling the cold for - it is a beautiful photo.
I am also curious as to what llamas are used for.

Kari & Kijsa said...

What a beautiful photo...love the crispness...

Have a blessed day...

smiles, kari & kijsa

karl said...

thanks for risking your safety to provide us with wonderful photos. it is so sad to see those old diaries disappear. what contribution llamas make? wool? aesthetic? transportation? certainly no one around there milks llamas.

Suzanne said...

Karl - they are raised for their fiber. There's a large coop of fiber producers in Illinois. They've managed to have fiber traded as a commodity, like corn and soybeans!

Carol said...

Around here, it's Alpacas that are the new "cash cow". People move to "the country" to make their fortune with Alpacas, realize that the only real market for them is someone else who got suckered into moving to "the country" to raise Alpacas, and then they end up giving all the Alpacas away for free....I've seen it several times....