Ailsa’s travel theme this week is SOFT. I photographed these cute animals on an Alpaca stud farm near Canungra in the hinterland behind the Goldcoast. They provide the softest wool you can get, it transforms into a soft, luxurious, light-weight garment that provides warmth without bulk. It is also very glamorous and expensive…
ALPACA FACTS (from google)
Alpacas are social herd animals that live in family groups consisting of a territorial male, females and their young. They are gentle, elegant, inquisitive, intelligent and observant. As they are a prey animal, they are cautious and nervous if they feel threatened. They like having their own space and may not like an unfamiliar alpaca or human getting close, especially from behind. They warn the herd about intruders by making sharp, noisy inhalations that sound like a high pitch burro bray. The herd may attack smaller predators with their front feet, and can spit and kick. Due to the soft pads on their feet, the impact of a kick is not as dangerous as that of a hoofed animal, yet it still can give quite a bruise, and the pointed nails can inflict cuts
(information and this image of soft, cosy scarf and hat from Google)
Alpacas are often called the “Gold of the Andes” because their extraordinary fiber is recognized as one of the most luxurious in the world.
The resilient fiber is not only strong, but is incredibly soft and lightweight.
Alpaca wool is amazingly warm. It contains microscopic air pockets that provide excellent thermal insulation.
Alpaca clothes are breathable, comfortable, long-lasting and wear resistant.
Alpacas are a green, eco-friendly resource. They are energy and water efficient; and have delicate small padded feet that leave terrains undamaged
Click here to visit Ailsa’s blog “Where’s my backpack” for more soft options….