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Ernie, The Incredibly Hairy Laughing Pig by VoluntaryRanger

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Ernie, The Incredibly Hairy Laughing Pig by 

By popular demand….
I managed to take my terrier Tarn for a short walk yesterday to visit the pig field near us..this was the first pig she’d ever seen…
After asking everyone for a name, one has finally been chosen,courtesy of peechez from Minnesota. Ernie is her dad. Here is what she said to make me decide.
“Last year he had to have a valve replacement surgery. He was 82 and not the strongest so it was a scary time. They put in a pig heart valve and it saved his life. He is still here with us and, ever since, pigs have had a special meaning to us. When I seen your hairy pig photo, it reminded me of dad in a special way. All it needs is some flannel and a hat”
So here’s to you Ernie the Dad
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR 18-70 lens single RAW tonemapped in Photomatix
Featured in Even Toed Ungulates.. March 2010 and again December 2010 and Best from around the Barnyard Jan 2011 and You Big Softy Mar 2011
500 views by Jan 2011

Challenge Winner in the Even Toed Ungulates challenge,(The Ridiculous and Ugly Even-toed Ungulate!)


bacon, gammon, hairy, ham, nature, pig

Living in the English Lake District,Cumbria,NW England with a love of photographing locations in Cumbria and Scotland, especially landscapes.

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  • BCImages
    BCImagesover 4 years ago

    apple sauce…………great work mate

  • lol, cheers bud

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 4 years ago

    AMAZING!! Oh my, incredibly hairy and laughing!! -oh, you said that…. What did Tarn do?

  • She barked at it from behind the safety of the gate

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 4 years ago

    Flipping eck, what have you been giving Tarn??, not that ginger ale I hope LOL

  • Careful, or I’ll resurrect that other

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkover 4 years ago

    lol lol lol

    fantastic capture Jamie

  • Cheers Chris, I couldn’t resist it..

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    …I have heard about your ginger ale and how it puts hairs on your chest LOL Great shot.

  • Have you seen the original artwork?

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • 29Breizh33
    29Breizh33over 4 years ago

    Beautiful catch.This guy must be very honoured by your visit after a so long absence LOL. Je pense qu’il en vaut la peine MDR

  • MDR, merci Michelle, I think he was glad to see us

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Do you mean that shot of Jason when he was drinking your Ginger Ale – if so yes! Might be worth a re-publish!

  • I’ll think about it….

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • Jadon
    Jadonover 4 years ago


  • haha

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • njordphoto
    njordphotoover 4 years ago


  • It’s unreal isn’t it?

    – VoluntaryRanger

  • njordphoto
    njordphotoover 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Cheers mate, a bit different from landscape…

    – VoluntaryRanger

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