Dead Man Walking
March 11, 2011
Ghosts and nocturnal critters aren’t the only things creeping around at night in the cemeteries near my house these days.
A few years ago, I started taking my kids to some of the local cemeteries to take photos with my new digital camera. My children, who at the time were not yet teenagers, thought this was really cool; not to mention a tad bit freaky. And, sometimes being freaky is cool when you are a mom.
We chose the cemeteries nearby that did not post "No trespassing after dark" signs. Armed with flashlights and a camera, we would take random photos of tombstones and each other standing near the tombstones. We would spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour just walking around looking at the names and dates; always being respectful of the souls that are laid to rest there.
After returning home, we would download the photos onto the computer, and look for orbs or anything else that might look out of the ordinary. We now have many photos of strange looking orbs and an out of place patch of fog that is there one second and not there the next. But so far, nothing that can be considered a ‘flesh and blood’ ghost.
There are different opinions as to what orbs actually are. I tend to disregard the dust and insect explanations and lean towards the supernatural energy.
Whatever you find --or don’t find -- it is still fun and even a little spine tingling to think you just might see a ghost!
A few things to keep in mind:
- Do not go into a cemetery after dark that has a sign forbidding this.
- Always use a digital camera.
- Take a flashlight for safety reasons, but do not use them while taking photos.
- Always show respect to the property. You do not want to be the reason a sign gets posted.
Finally, keep an open mind and have fun!