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Wild Guanaco

Wild Guanaco
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1999-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 1vHS, Canon 70-200 f 2.8 L USM, Fuji Provia 100
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The Wildlife, Plants and Scenery of Chile [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-12-13 9:29
Viewed: 8703
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a scanned slide taken in the Torres del Paine National Park - you can see more information on the park if you click on 'Melting Iceberg' which I posted a few days ago.

The biggest problem photographing all cameloids is that they have a tendency to strike a stiff 'pose' as soon as they see you.

The guanaco (Lama guanicoe) is a camelid animal native to South America that stands approximately 1.06 m (3 ft 6 in) at the shoulder and weighs about 90 kg (200 lb). Like the llama, the guanaco is double coated with a coarse guard hair and soft undercoat, which is almost as fine as that of the alpaca, although they carry far less of it. The guanaco's soft wool is second only to that of the vicuña, a close relative. The colour varies very little, ranging from a light brown to dark cinnamon and shading to white underneath. Guanacos have grey faces and small straight ears. They are extremely striking with their large, alert brown eyes, streamlined form, and energetic pace. They are particularly ideal for keeping in large groups in open parklands.

Similarly to llamas, alpacas and vicuñas, guanacos have thicker skin in their necks. Used for fighting in competition for mates, they have thickened to be more protective. Bolivians use the necks of these animals to make shoes, flattening and pounding the skin to be used for the soles. After this long process of condensation and compression, the skin becomes very hard. If it is not done properly it can absorb small amounts of water and be slippery to walk on. The young guanacos are named chulengo(s) throughout South America.

The guanaco is native to South America. Guanaco are found in the altiplano of Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina. In Chile and Argentina they are more numerous in Patagonian regions, in places like the Torres del Paine National Park, and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego in fact has an overpopulation of guanacos. Bolivian Indians have been known to raise guanacos to help them regain their population stability. A guanaco's average life span is 20-25 years.

Current estimates place their numbers at 500,000.

Guanacos can run with a speed of 56 km (35 mi) per hour. The running is important for their survival, because in the open places where they live there is no place to hide.

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Hi James, beautiful Guanaco with splendid colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

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Well if I had the money, you have definitely sold a Nikon Film Scanner to me. If you had not said it was a scanned image..I would have never guessed it. As to the Guanacos....this is the first I have heard the name or seen an image that I can remember. You have such a vast collection world-wide...which may be the defining difference in our archives..yours and mine. Mine are pretty much confined to the US.
This type of Llama is a very beautiful animal. I can now see why some indigenous folks in SA countries are sos well sited to the colors which they weave, sew, knit and wear...and tells me why the cost is so high...VERY informative. For instance I see one company, unnamed here which says "Alpaca, Vicuna and Guanaco clothing which is some of the most stylish designer products in the fashion world. The elegant items make beautiful luxury gifts of scarves and shawls."....Great image and super information.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-13 11:42]

Hi james. Once again TN have found a animal i have never seen so thanks to you for this one. strange looking thing. This is a very clear well detail shot of the Guanacos. with good natural looking colours. well done TFS.

Hello James,
This is a excellent composition in perfect sharpness, awesome colouration and details!
the exposure and focus is spot on in the take!
well done and thanks for the wonderful notes regarding Guanacos!
best regards

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-12-13 15:49]

Hi James,

It is so wonderful to see an animal for the very first time. A very lovely shot of this cute animal - I thought it was a llama before I read your notes. The colors are beautiful, details are sharp, and the pose is charming.


hello james,
lovely Guanaco captured well, the co,ours are lovely, spot on focus, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hi James,
Nice shot of this Guanaco.
Fine pov to see it's beautiful features.
Good color, TFS

Hi James, I never even heard of a Guanaco before this posting, so this is my introduction to them. Great shot on your part, with excellent colour and detail on the animal. Great notes as always, and as per normal when I review your posts, I've learned something.

Thanks, John

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-12-14 1:54]

Splendid capture of this Gunaco!
Perfect lighting and colours.
Superb POV and pose.
Very sharp with good clarity and details.
Well done James,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-14 6:27]

hello James,
Interesting picture and note. Amazing to see that its head is so tiny compared to the size of the animal. Very natural picture.
Best regards

Nice capture James. Are you planning on doing anything with all these world wide photos you have? You could put together some nice presentations for schools to show kids and tell them about the broader world. You might instill an appreciation for the natural world... which I fear is diminishing in younger generations. It is always more inspiring to have a live person relate stories than a TV program or photo book.

Evelynn : )

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-14 8:35]

Hi James, I like this shot a lot. The vivid colours and the beautiful light add to the pose of the animal who looks as if he was going to school, it is so candid. The background is beautiful with herbs and colours also. Thanks,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-12-14 9:00]

Hello James,
What a beautiful animal very well captured! Beautiful light, lovely colours, nicely in focus and fine details. It's rather too centred for my liking but it is an old shot of yours!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-12-14 17:11]

Hello James,
What a beautiful animal James,I like that you caught him walking. The focus and exposure is spot on. Thanks for this fine image and great note.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-12-14 20:13]

Hello James

A beautiful capture of this oft not seen animal on TN.
The pose looks natural as it trots along.
The focus is well done with very good detail.
The warm lighting has produced very good colour.


Hi James,
A beautiful capture of this amazing animal. You have managed a very good DOF and very good details and composition. Good notes too. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hola James,
Excelente toma de gran definición, el color y luz son muy bellas, saludos
José Ramón

Hello James,
You present here very unique and interesting friend I've never seen before. :-)
You've captured very nice pose of this Guanaco, with excellent details and focusing.
( I think this is really well scanned. :)
Thanks for the sharing your precious photo.
Best wishes,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-12-15 9:31]

Hello James, great shot of the Guanaco ! Details are very sharp and the exposure is spot on, great note too, thanks !


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-12-18 10:12]

Hi James.
Sweet shot of the charming guanaco. I like nice colour of the animal and perfectly detailed natural scenery. DOF is superb for my taste. Timing and framing are excellent. My best wishes.

Hi James,
Espero que lo pases de maravilla en ese país tan hermoso que es Chile. Impresionante foto del Guanaco.
Saludos cordiales.

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