Thermal Amigos

These are friends of mine. I previously called them the Three Amigos, named after a movie (please refer to my last post). These photos are infra-red thermal images of the same local horses.

I have waited to capture them with my radiometer camera for quite some time, but they were either too far away or I didn’t have the camera with me. I came prepared today and lucked out.

Thermal imaging is used for a plethora of reasons from electrical / mechanical hot spot disclosures to equine joint inflammation. These images are simply for fun, and for my practice. At some point I would like to turn the technical aspect of thermal imaging into an art form, as well.

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The warmer yellow to white represents heat emitting from the horse’s bodies while the violets and purples reveal the cool background of pasture, trees and sky. Regardless of what we see with our eyes, there is an invisible aspect of heat which we don’t see…this is only visible via infra-red wave length imaging. I hope you enjoyed these horses from a different perspective!

Three Amigos

The Three Amigos is a movie made in 1986. It is a comedy starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short. The theme of this flick has to do with three movie cowboys who become employed by a town in Mexico to save them from the bandit, El Whappo. However, they did not realize the scenario was real. Needless to say, with these actors and the theme, it is a very fun movie to watch. I named this post because these three horses are always together; grazing, sleeping and even cooling off in their own pond. I am fortunate to see this site regularly. I will miss these equines once the property sells.

I present several photos of these fine trio of horses, plus a surprise at the end of this post!

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Amigo No. 1

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Amigo No. 2

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Amigo No. 3

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All three amigos together. Yes, No. 3 is sticking his tongue out! Of the three actors, who do you think is No. 3? One more photo…an onlooker behind me watching this show. Carson didn’t get too excited, though….just curious.

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Please check out my next post of these horses in a totally different light (literally), and thanks for visiting.

 

 

 

Pondering !

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I came across this sight as I was driving into town. I have posted a couple of times a threesome of these fine looking horses grazing in their field or laying down on the prairie grass. However, I have not seen them in the pond before so it was an exciting moment for me.

For all of you horse owners, this may be a common sight, but not for me. I don’t know where the fourth horse came from (as there has always been three together), but perhaps he is a lookout for those in the water. He seems to be on patrol.

Just thought I would share a moment in time when I witnessed something new to me, and probably to many of you, as well. I wish the image was of better quality, but the pond is about 400 meters from my vantage point and I zoomed to the max.

Appreciation

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Something about seeing horses as I drive past them really attracts my attention.  In some ways I am fortunate to live in a part of a city which still has outlying swaths of land that have not been swallowed up by developers. These healthy horses are a testament to animals adapting to the sprawl of suburbia, yet still enjoy the fruits of the good earth. I sincerely hope you have such a blessing around you. Whether living in an urban jungle or enveloped in total solitude, one can find beauty amongst the environment. However, one must have eyes wide open to see, and a heart to appreciate. I am most fortunate, indeed.

 

Friends

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What constitutes being a friend? If it means covering each other’s back then these guys are friends. If it means spending lots of time together then these guys are friends. If it means liking and doing the same stuff together then these guys are friends. If it means having disagreements, but loving one another anyway, then, most likely, these guys are friends. And, if it means sacrificing oneself on behalf of the other then these guys would probably do that which makes them very good friends.

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These stallions appear to be best friends, if I can say that about horses. They rest together, graze together, stand together and trot together. These two are never apart regardless of the season. I count myself fortunate to observe them regularly. Occasionally, I’ll stop.

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When they run to greet me, if for no other reason than out of curiosity, a smile forms on my face as I witness their exuberance.

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They are a friendly and handsome pair, and always appear to be in fine shape.

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As I witness the brotherhood that exists between these two equines, I stop for a moment and consider my friends, past and present. I also consider what kind of a friend I am and have been. To be sure, I have disappointed more than a few souls. And, I have been disappointed and hurt as a result of others who I considered close friends. There is a proverb which states, “One who has many unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”. I know that friend, and want to be like Him.

 

Two of a Kind

5-27-15 0135-27-15 017I came upon a group of calves as I was heading to a meeting. The sun had just peaked above the horizon and all I could see from my vehicle were the tops of a bunch of different colored heads and ears protruding above the prairie grass. I had a few extra minutes so I parked about a block away and walked to the fence to get a better look. I discovered a group of calves laying in a field of tall grass next to a four lane road merely fifty feet away. Only one in the entire group was curious enough to stand and get a better look at me.  It was at this moment that I became the spectacle. In addition to seeing the calves this particular morning, I passed an idyllic scene which could have been found in a beautifully illustrated children’s book. The brilliant green pasture, the placid pond, the perfectly placed trees and shrubs provided a canvas for these two geldings. These horses are always together which pleasantly fits this calm image of visual poetry. I tried to soak up the serenity for a few minutes before I had to move on.5-27-15 002

Sun, Sentinels & Scenery

3-10-14 pm 006A few days ago the temperature warmed up significantly so I took a ride on my scooter and shot some scenery. These images are with the sun to my back as it is about a half hour from dropping below the horizon. The warm hues of a late afternoon glow turn the metallic structures into something almost real. The tall spires of this electric utility sub-station reminded me of sentinels overlooking the plain of tall grasses.3-10-14 pm 007This is that time of year when nature plays tricks on us. One day it is well below freezing and the next above sixty degrees. Most of the winter hibernators come out on these days and the human activity looks like squirrels descending from their nests and scurrying about for nuts! It is like neighborhoods come to life just as spring flowers sprout up from the crusty soil of colder days. Soon, the earth will shed her blanket of snow and frozen ground and usher in a spectacular array of life and beauty. We are still a month away from such eruptions of color, but the wildlife senses the coming change.3-10-14 pm 0283-10-14 pm 029I passed these beautiful creatures grazing and simply had to stop and shoot. The sun cast rays and shadows which made for an idyllic setting. Horses are so graceful.3-10-14 pm 021Even this goose got into the picture, literally! The geese that left our area are now beginning to return. Although they are a wonderful sight to watch in flight, they can certainly create problems as they have acclimated to people and vehicles. As a side note, I try to be cognizant of my surroundings because I am so often pleasantly astonished at what I encounter. When I am preoccupied or running too fast I can easily overlook the sublime which may not be readily recognizable. For me, this applies especially to nature, but extends to all facets of my life. People are not exceptions to this truth for they are the most complex of all creation. Well, the sun was ready to set for another evening so it was time to pack up the camera and head home which is just what I did. Shalom.3-10-14 pm 036