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The Beauty of An Alpaca

June 24, 2014
Sheared alpaca in Vermont

Newly Sheared

A Vermont Highlight

While visiting a friend in Middlebury, Vermont, I was delighted when she took me to a small, local farm that cares for rescued alpacas and annually harvests the animals’ fleece for sale. On this particular day, the alpacas had very recently been sheared. Naturally, I needed to know more.

What’s so special about an alpaca’s fleece? Well, as I learned via Wikipedia, “Alpaca fleece is a lustrous and silky natural fiber. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and bears no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic.”

That Works For Me!

Since wool makes me itch, I am now on the hunt for an alpaca sweater! If next winter is anything like this past year’s (I never want to hear the phrase “Polar Vortex” again), the fruit of a sheared alpaca just might be my saving grace.

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 70-200mm
Exif Data:  1/250s, f/5.0, ISO 200, 70mm

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Bonus Image!
As you can see, a face this beautiful deserves a showcase of its own. So if you’re visiting Middlebury, Vermont, this autumn, take a ride down Rte. 125 (East Main Street) and keep your eyes open near the Waybury Inn for these memorable creatures.

Vermont Alpaca

There Is Beauty Behind All That Fleece!

Photo Info:

Camera:  Nikon D300
Lens:  Nikkor 70-200mm
Exif Data:  1/160s, f/5.6, ISO 200, 155mm

For Licensing Information or to Purchase A Print:  Email Me!

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~ Liz Mackney

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