Monterey Court Orb

Photo by Gayle Martin. Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved.

The Accidental Ghost Hunter has been upgrading her camera equipment, and the latest edition to my collection is a Nikon D7200. I bought it for night photography, and as I’m working with it I’m finding it’s a really nice camera. However…

Monterey Court is located in Tucson, Arizona, and it has an interesting history. Originally built in the 1930s, it was one of the first of many motor inns along the old highway, which is now a city street called Miracle Mile. Over the decades, however, neighborhood changed. The interstate rerouted traffic, and Miracle Mile went from a resting stop for traveling families to a high crime area known for drugs and prostitution. Fortunately, that began to change in 2011, when Monterey Court was purchased by its current owners, who’ve successfully converted it from a seedy, run down motel into artist studios and a restaurant. They also built a stage in the center court, and it’s become a trendy music venue.

I’ve been going music gigs at Monterey Court for about four years now, and I’ve taken literally hundreds of photos there, with no anomalies, until this past Easter Sunday, when I was photographing a friend’s gig. There, among my photos, was a odd-looking anomaly that, at first glance, appeared to be an orb. Monterey Court just happens to be across the street from an old cemetery, and, according to another friend who had once leased a shop there, odd things do occur there from time to time.

Photo by Gayle Martin. Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved.

Upon closer inspection, I noticed the “orb” has a perfect hexagonal shape, which tells me it’s not an orb, but some sort of glitch with the camera. Still, it’s odd nonetheless. I was using a lens that is practically brand new, and another photo, taken at exact same spot a mere second earlier, came out normally, as did all of my remaining shots. The lighting is from stage lights, placed a good twenty feet over the stage, so I think I can safely rule out a lens flare.

While debunked as an orb, and a lens flare, I’ll have to write it off as an odd camera malfunction occurring in an usual location with a checkered past. Another words, it’s all a rather interesting coincidence.



Holy Cross Photo

Photo by Gayle Martin. Location: Viscount Suites Hotel, Tucson, Arizona.

The Accidental Ghost Hunter has some new digital cameras and is now doing videography as well as photography. I love the new technology. Hard to believe that back in the day I went kicking and screaming from 35mm to digital, but now, with today’s DSLR cameras, I can shoot video.

A musician friend recently asked me to shoot a demo video for her, and as I was setting up I took a few test shots. Later on, as I went through the photos and video clips, I found something remarkable. My camera had captured a light effect that resembled a cross.

If you look closely, you’ll notice a light fixture on the column, so that would be the source. What’s remarkable is the luminosity. The same effect showed up in some of my other test shots, but not nearly so brightly.

I believe in angels. In fact, I owe my very existence to the angel who intervened and saved my father’s life when he was a young man. Angels, like deceased loved ones, can communicate with us in a subtle way, if we’re able to perceive their messages. I believe this particular photo was a message from an angel to tell me, and my friend, that they’re with us.


P.S. If you’d like to see the video, please click on the link below. Nothing paranormal, but you’ll hear some great jazz.