Although I really don't like them, we stopped at the petting zoo - this one had several exotic/unusal animals to pet in addition to the regular goats, miniature donkey, etc. One animal that was really cute was a guanaco. We've never seen one or heard of one, so I had to look it up when we got home. Here's what I found: native to arid mountain regions of South America (poor guy - considering our heat/humidity - must have been miserable - note: even the chickens were panting in their cages on this day, and we had nice weather), they are in the camel family, will spit when threatened, and their fiber (hair/coat) is comparable to cashmere. This one was a youngster and was very cute, although I still don't like petting zoos (one reason - those kids who think it is funny to hit the animals & they are old enough to know better - why aren't the parents doing something? oh - because they think it funny - I will stop at that, although there are many many other reasons for my dislike). So, here's a picture of that cute quanaco.
|guanaco - native to South America|
On a better note - my son & I entered the photography contest. I've entered for several years off/on and this contest is intense in my county. A lot of good amateur photographers (and student photographers) and a lot of good opportunities for photos (birding, close enough to coast, close enough to big city, etc). I always hope to win a ribbon, but there are many times that I haven't. I was really hoping my son would at least get 1 honorable mention, but sadly he didn't. I was pleasantly surprised that I did get a 2nd place ribbon and an honorable mention (each entrant is allowed a total of 5 pictures).