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.

Whoops It Happened Again

Photo by Gayle Martin. Copyright 2008. All Rights Reserved

After much resistance I’ve finally joined the digital age and purchased a digital camera. And, just like with my trusty 35mm, I’m experiencing oddities on this new digital camera when I visit Tombstone, and particularly in the Bird Cage Theater.

As has happened a couple of times before, I’m once again getting the strange bending light phenomena associated with the stage area. When is really strange is that there is a rather large piece of glass on the theater box to the right of the stage, and the bending light beam does not reflect on the glass. Rather it goes right through it, and seems to loop itself around items within the box.

All I can say is this is Tombstone,and the Bird Cage Theater is reportedly one of the most haunted buildings in America. Check you concept of reality at the door.


The Bird Cage Theater, Tombstone, Arizona

Photo by Gayle Martin. Copyright 2007. All Rights Reserved.

The Bird Cage Theatre in Tombstone, Arizona, has a reputation for being one of the most haunted buildings in America, and it’s been featured in such TV shows as Ghost Adventurers and Ghost Hunters.

The first time I visited the Bird Cage was in the summer of 2003. It was also the first time I ever had a strange anomaly appear in a photo. My (now ex) husband and I came into the lobby and smelled cigar smoke. We asked the woman working behind the bar about it. She looked kind of embarrassed and said, “It’s just them.” She went on to say that smoking has not been allowed in the Bird Cage for many years, but that cigar smoke can sometimes be smelled when the ghosts are around.

So now we know there is smoking in the afterlife!

We went inside the theater auditorium and I took a few photos. At the time I was using a 35mm camera, and, after the photos were developed, we discovered is what appears to be a laser beam running down the stage, bending around corners, and then splitting in two to go around a barber’s chair.

Since went to light beams bend to go around corners?

Little did I know at the time, but this 2003 photo would mark the beginning of my adventures as The Accidental Ghost Hunter.