Mesa Verde Mist

Hello everyone. The Accidental Ghost Hunter is alive and well, and even doing a little traveling. Last summer a friend and I took a trip to Colorado, and one of our stops was the Mesa Verde National Park in the southwestern part of the state.

Photo by Gayle Martin Copyright 2014 All Rights Reserved

Like most of Colorado, Mesa Verde is certainly worth seeing for the scenery alone. It was once the home of the Ancestral Puebloans, who lived in the area for approximately 700 years, roughly 600 A.D. to 1300 A.D. Seven centuries is a long time, with many generations of people living and dying in the area. As my friend as I made our way around I was taking photos with both my iPhone and my Nikon Coolpix digital camera. Then my iPhone started acting up while I was taking photos of some of the cliff dwellings. Well, I figured it was because we were in bright daylight. The sun had bleached out the screen, and I apparently hit a button by mistake, as my iPhone was now taking photos in black and white instead of color. Yes, I was annoyed, but I also took a few shots from the same vantage point with my digital camera, and, as you can see by the first photo, they all came out perfectly.

We eventually made our way to the visitor center, and as we chatted with some of the staff we heard some interesting accounts of paranormal events. Again, this would not be unexpected in a place where people had lived and died for some seven hundred years, and most sounded like residual hauntings, such as claims of hearing the sounds of drumbeats and chanting echoing across the canyon at night.

Photo by Gayle Martin. Copyright 2014. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by Gayle Martin. Copyright 2014. All Rights Resersved.

I’m posting two of the photos taken with the iPhone, shortly after it began acting up. The first is for a reference point. This photo also has a distortion in the upper right corner, but I’m going to debunk it by saying it could very well be my finger, since it’s right where the iPhone lens is located, and it’s an easy mistake to make. The one that follows has what appears to be ethereal mist. Both were taken on a bright, sunny day, and there was no wind blowing. I also tried to debunk it by looking through my iPhone lens and trying to place my hand in front of it at the same angle as the mist. It felt awkward, and I would have known that my hand was in the way when I took the shot. I could also  clearly see the details of my hand and they were very solid. This photo looks misty, and, interestingly enough, my finger is not in the upper right corner.

So, is this something paranormal? Possibly. As always, I’ll leave it up to you to draw your own conclusions.


Christmas Ghost

Photo by Gayle Martin. Copyright 2008. All Rights Reserved.

I’m still trying to get the hang of this darn digital camera. I know I’m going to love it once I’ve figured out all it’s idiosyncrasies.

Last night I went to a Christmas party in Tombstone. Brought along a buddy who is a big Ghost Hunters fan but has never been to visit the town. At the party I introduced her to a former Bird Cage employee who was featured on Ghost Hunters when they visited Tombstone a few years back. Then, after the party, I took her over to Allen Street.

Tombstone in the 21st century is a far cry from the Tombstone of the 1880s. Back then, Tombstone was “Vegas, baby!” Today they roll up the sidewalks at 6 o’clock. However they have done a beautiful job of putting up their Christmas lights, so I decided to play around with the camera and see what would happen taking photos at night.

After snapping a few shots I saw something weird on the left side of the LCD screen just as I snapped the photo. It was one of those “Aha!” moments when you know you’ve captured something unusual. Well, I showed it to my friend, then she starts getting nervous, and I’m having to explain to her that was in considered odd in most places happens everyday in Tombstone. Hey, what can I say? Ethereal mist happens.