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.


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!



The black is cold. The purple is cool. The yellow is warm. The white is almost hot.

The numbers in Celsius are temperatures measured by the camera.

The figure is Carson, our Westie, laying on the couch. He made a perfect example of thermal imaging with an infra-red, high resolution camera.

I just purchased such a camera for a multitude of reasons which will become clear in the not-to-distant future. Until then, think of all the possibilities a camera like this-under the guidance of an knowledgeable thermographer-can do.


This is a shot of me aiming the camera into a mirror which reflected back the thermal image.


And, this is early sunrise from our deck. The sun reveals its true color of warmth.

Something different since I didn’t feel inspired to write much. Comments are welcome!