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Sometimes, it’s not the ghost photos you get, but the ones you don’t get… yet should have.
Spring, Texas features many wonderful cemeteries, and Old Town Spring has the reputation of being very haunted.
On Sunday evening, 22 May 2005, a couple of us visited several cemeteries in the area, with interesting results. Photographs–especially “ghost orbs”–are just one anomaly that we note when investigating a site that is supposed to be haunted.
We also use EMF and compass readings, EVP (recordings of ghostly voices), and other detection techniques.
However, one of the most frustrating (and telling) signs of a genuine haunting is when an otherwise reliable camera won’t work properly. That is what happened at Cemetery #1 (as we’re calling it) on 22 May 2005.
Black photos and lost photos
I use the famous “sparkles” camera to tell when a site is probably producing orbs and other anomalies in photos. Then, team members rely on digital cameras, since they are more sensitive to the electrical disturbances that seem to accompany orbs.
On this evening in Spring, Texas, a digital camera (which I’d used reliably since January 2002) worked fine at Wunsche Cemetery, and then recorded nothing but blackness — for over 25 photos — during our stop at Cemetery #1.
At our next stop, investigating a rural cemetery in the area, the camera was still a little odd but recorded about 30 good photos — many with orbs — that we could see on the camera’s preview screen. In fact, we reviewed the photos several times during our drive back to Houston.
However, upon arriving at home, when the camera card was placed in my desktop computer, an error message said that the card wasn’t formatted. I received the same error message on my laptop computer, and even in an external card reader. A restart of the desktop didn’t resolve the problem. I had no choice but to reformat the card. I lost over 100 photos from that evening.
Oddly, another team of researchers was at Cemetery #1 when we arrived, and — although she probably didn’t hear me complaining about my camera — one of those other researchers announced similar camera problems.
When she showed me her camera’s preview screen, it showed all-black images (full frames) just as mine did.
Because most of the “sparkles” seemed to appear around two trees, and we were standing between them, my husband speculates that the trees may be energy sources, like two poles.
My camera was fine when I was in other parts of the cemetery, but when I stood between the two trees, all of my photos turned out black.
I’ll return to this cemetery during daylight hours to measure any electromagnetic energy that is there. The cemetery is not near any power lines, and–although we were in a residential area–it’s unlikely that we were near underground cables. Nevertheless, it’s worth checking, just in case.
Cemetery #2 (also our nickname, referring to a different cemetery)
We visited another cemetery twice on May 22nd, once during the day and once after dark. This cemetery is larger and slightly more rural than Cemetery #1. It’s also full of ant hills by day, and has considerable uneven ground that makes after-dark visits risky.
Our daytime digital photos — now lost — produced several with odd blue areas around some of the more isolated headstones. There were also two huge black, winged figures (perhaps vultures) that flew up from the back of the cemetery and seemed to vanish. (I mean that literally. They were there, and we were admiring their flight. Then, they disappeared.)
Digital photos at night — also lost during the reformat — had produced numerous good orbs. Our film photos had no reliable orbs in them.