Pigs in heaven

I recently had the good fortune of producing a lynda.com photography title with acclaimed San Francisco photographer, and phenomenal human being, Ben Long (www.oreillynet.com/pub/au/2862), while on the stunningly gorgeous mountaintop property of Rancho Ojai (www.ranchoojai.net), amongst “wild”, well, um…pigs…actually. Now, while my admiration of Ben Long’s genius goes without saying, and the views atop Rancho Ojai are the best in the land – it was those damn pigs that really stole the show, and my heart, in the process. It isn’t everyday when one can proudly attest to shooting live action video with a renowned photographer while 400-pound farm animals chew lovingly on the rubber feet of the camera tripods. I, happily, can boast about this joyous day for the rest of my life, while changing the details of the story at any telling. For example, “Ben’s prescription eyeglasses were a chew toy for a curious pig” becomes, “Ben chased a 600-pound wild pig-like creature through dense, thorny shrubbery for miles in a desperate attempt to retrieve his prescription eyeglasses from the razor-sharp teeth of the beast.” You get where I’m going here. But the truth is, these animals, with “tiny” babies in tow, were inquisitive, yet amiable and intelligent, and funny. Really funny. And, I’ll admit, I was thrilled when Ben sent me the top photo that he “secretly” shot of me snapping a photo on my iPhone of one of the gentle giants. But when I tell the story at parties, I’ll have to make sure to keep the photos well-hidden, lest I spoil the fire-breathing, claw-wielding monster version.

Photo by Ben Long

6 Responses

  1. Too cute! Remind me next time we talk to tell you about our friends’ pig, Jimmie Dean. He could open the fridge with his snout, and he also wrapped himself in a blanket to sleep at night. We pig-sat for him for a week once while our pals were on vacation. It was a riot!

    • I want a pig so bad. One day I will need to buy some land and have an animal sanctuary. Sounds like Jimmie’s pig could be trained to clean house, wash his car, etc. I wonder if you could train a pig to be a seeing eye pig. 🙂

      Let’s talk soon!!!!

      • Hello–some of us out here are expecting some blog postings from you. It’s been 8 weeks… chop chop! Don’t make me send a pig after you!

        =) L

  2. Hi night owl ! i love this and am so glad u loved the pigs. Unfortunately Lori’s comment above makes me realize the pigs need better training and need to be house broken-shame on us LOL. I am so glad we connected and thank you again for your generousity in every way. Cheers to the pigs and great filming! 🙂 Michele

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