Llamas in Lewisville
It’s not every community that can boast of an outstanding llama population among its fine citizenry — but Lewisville can!
When traveling west on Yadkinville Road from Winston-Salem, you’ll eventually drive by the home of some prestigious llamas on your right, just shortly before crossing the Yadkin River. Their home is actually Rivermont Llamas, which is located at the original home place of Sattsgate Farm.
As I mentioned in Lessons from a Llama, my first encounter with the llamas occurred one day in February when I spotted several of them being backlit by a gorgeous sunset. I managed to click off a few good shots of them before the sun dipped out of sight. But to round out my photo coverage, I knew I’d need to return on another day.
A few days later, I pulled off the road at Rivermont Llamas, where some of the llamas were standing at the front fence basking in the morning light.
As I approached the llamas, to my disappointment, they scurried off toward the middle of the field. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a long enough lens to cover the considerable distance, so it appeared doubtful that I’d get any decent shots of the timid llamas.
On a hunch, though, I decided to hang around for a bit, and I began walking the perimeter of the property. Every time I glanced at the llamas, they were all watching me intently. I just kept walking. Time passed, and the llamas remained huddled in the center of the field — still watching me.
Meanwhile, I happened upon some beautiful low-hanging tree blooms, and I spent some time photographing them. (Those photos were featured in the Springing Forth post.) When I finished photographing the tree blooms, I resumed my walk around the edge of the property.
I was on the verge of calling it quits, when — all of a sudden — three of the llamas began making their way toward me. It was as though — after much deliberation on their part — a consensus had been reached among the “head honchos,” and they had finally decided that I was “safe.” So here they came!
What a Surprise!
I couldn’t believe it! The three llamas were heading directly toward me! Two of the llamas came right up to the fence, where I was standing in amused disbelief. From then on, it was as though I was their long-lost friend!
So I let loose, photographically speaking — shooting close-ups, wide shots, and long shots. It was great!
A Name to a Face?
Too bad no one was around that day to tell me the names of the llamas, particularly since we had become such good buddies.
But if I were to come up with a name for the llama in the top photo above — not knowing whether it’s a girl or a boy — it might be “Dolly” or maybe “Ollie.” You know, like Dolly Llama or Ollie Llama!
What do you think?! Take a look at all the “pretty” llama faces in the Rivermont Llamas photo gallery and throw out a few name suggestions in the Comments section below. Go for it!