Chest 96; Mirage

21 Nov

My blogging recently has taken a back seat to the influx of family staying with us – some might consider this a natural disaster, but we have enjoyed the additional textures in our lives.


Chest 96; Mirage

This picture shows beef cattle from an area affected by drought in North Queensland where they scrape a living in the hot dry conditions. The photographs were taken on a scorching afternoon where the mirages sat just above the road and the dust devils wandered around chasing twigs and dry leaves. The dusty ground through which the cattle are walking has taken on a blue tinge through the blending process, against the gold, which looks just like those mirages.

Both cattle and humans are hosts for RSV the Respiratory Syncytial Virus, and infected under the same conditions. Cattle have been shown to be at higher risk at times of stress such as drought. This provides the link to the included chest X-ray which was taken from an 18 month old child with bronchiolitis due to RSV. It causes inflammation of the smallest air passages of the lungs known as bronchioles and occurs in children less than two years of age.

Important preventative measures (in humans) to prevent spread of this condition include simple things such as regular hand-washing. One way to improve a child’s immunity is to feed breast milk especially in the first month of life. Although it is not 100% protective breast feeding is more effective than either stopping maternal smoking or passive immunisation with injections, though both help. Unfortunately cows milk and formula do not provide protection.

9 Responses to “Chest 96; Mirage”

  1. Green Cathedral of South Africa November 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Like that, especially together with the informative background. 🙂 🙂

  2. Green Cathedral of South Africa November 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Reblogged this on My Choice and commented:
    Good read and great composition to compliment! 🙂 🙂

  3. leecleland November 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    I love the juxaposition of the dusty red gold earth against the blue (which I see as water) which is at loggerheads to drought. Great composition.

    • Xraypics November 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

      Thankyou. I quite liked that combination too. It reminded me of those wavy reflections of the sky you see on the roads on a hot hot day.- hence the mirage. Thanks so much for the comment Lee. Tony

  4. Anita C. Miller November 22, 2013 at 1:08 am #

    Yes, I love the juxtapositions, too. And that haunting ghostly head coming right at me… I can almost feel the breath of the animal. This time I’m having trouble making out the chest Xray element. I think I see it. I like how it is more disguised in this one.

  5. rabirius November 23, 2013 at 5:58 am #

    Brilliant picture.

  6. burgessart November 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    Love this one Tony…….

    • Xraypics November 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm #

      Thankyou. It was fun to do. Appreciate your comment. Tony

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