When choosing a name for a llama, we heed the warning that names can often become self-fulfilling prophecies. We wouldn't want to name a llama 'Trouble', or 'Leaper', or 'Spitfire'. The llama pictured above is named Santos, which usually refers to saintly or holy things. In this case, he is pretty much the opposite. In the pasture, he is the one we have to catch first, or he will come after the other llamas, spitting and cursing. (well, it sounds like profanity)
He is a great pack llama, though. Once he is haltered, he knows we aren't going to put up with his nonsense, and he settles down and is fine in the barn and on the trail. Most llamas seem to take their job as pack llamas pretty seriously, and are all business on the trail, and in camp, regardless of how they act in the pasture.
A slow-down on the morning commute to the north pasture.
Solitaire looks like he has a snowy chin to go with his snowy nose, but that's his real-life, upside-down, Got Milk? mustache.
This a great publication for anyone interested in the outdoors and llama packing.
The magazine has recipes, gear recommendations, training tips, and lots of cool stuff.
It rained and it rained and it rained. Never had we seen so much rain. Never did we think we'd ever say, "Enough rain!" in Colorado.
Ah well, the fences needed fixed anyway.
One of the most toxic pants in North America also really pretty. It's not what you want to see along the ditch that runs through your hay field, though. Water hemlock, cicuta, (c. maculata, above) is a member of the carrot family (Apiaceae). The white clusters of flowers look similar to Queen Anne's lace and cow parsnip. It grows in wet meadows, and along streams and lakes.
Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) on the left, and water hemlock on the right.
Stem and leaves. The stem is hollow and smooth. For as poisonous as it is, water hemlock is surprisingly common in Colorado. For more info, a great resource is Field Guide to Plants Poisonous to Livestock : Western U.S.
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Students at Westview Middle School sit in rapt attention as Blizzard discusses the art of being a llama.
The llamas were invited to Westview Middle School by students who were studying South America. Blizzard and Rowdy were happy to oblige.