The mowers of Machu Picchu

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Comments (14)

▲artwall on April 30, 2008

Wow! Amazing picture! Cheers

DeEtte Fisher on April 30, 2008

Very cute! Looks like they have lots of lush, green grass to graze on. Great composition on the shot, too! ;-)

Cheers, DeEtte

mutluhan ceyhan on May 1, 2008

well come, are they lama or alpaka.

Tjeert.Mensinga © on May 2, 2008

Very nice and cute,wonderful shot Marilyn excellent colours,and lovely animals!! best regards! Tjeert.

Luis Maderuelo on May 2, 2008

Beautiful, Marilyn. Greetings! lm

©Würmer on May 5, 2008

...are they lama or alpaka

mutluhan ceyhan, these are llamas rather than alpacas or guanacos (the smallest of the 3 South-American camelids).

the _vicuña is closely related and has the finest, most precious wool...

.ps. and for your amusement: A llama overlooking Machu Picchu

Marilyn Whiteley on May 5, 2008

Thanks, bartowian, for answering the question, and thanks, all of you for your comments.

When we arrived, there were a number of llamas grazing on separate terraces (except for the five-day-old baby who stayed with its mother), Then later, when we were on a stairway, this group came toward us, pressed by us on the stairs, and went up to this larger terrace. It was as though somebody had given a signal!!

Llamas are native to higher elevations, but some were brought in here years ago (by people using the Inca trail, if I understood correctly), They seem to thrive, and their grass-cutting ability is appreciated.

EVA_L on May 12, 2008

Fantastic, dear Marilyn! And very beautiful colours. Best wishes. Eva

© Sonny☼ on May 19, 2008

Oh, they are cute! Nice composition as well!

Ryan Calhoun on May 22, 2008

What a good arrangement, and a good photo also! They probably enjoy living around people to avoid being hunted by pumas. The same reason deer move into the suburbs. Hopefully llamas breed slower than deer.


filiz kulan on May 23, 2008

Beautiful shot ! Charming animals :) Greetings,Filiz...

Marilyn Whiteley on May 27, 2008

Thanks, Eva, Stranskyat, Ryan, and Filiz. If I could, I would have paid them to pose like that, but it was their own idea!


Steve Paxton on July 9, 2009

and they work for peanuts(grass) nicely spotted steve

Liliane Paingaud on February 19, 2010

Wow! you have so many gorgeous photos of the most appealing places in the world! I'm new here and I need some more time to browse all your galleries but you sure are in my favorites yet! Greetings from France. Lil

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Photo taken in Machu Picchu, Santuario Historico Machu Picchu, Aguas Calientes, Peru

Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 30, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/04/28 12:06:27
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 29.42mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash