If you’re looking for a real, scary ghost photo, this may be it.
When you’re studying ghosts and hauntings, and have taken thousands of cemetery pictures, orbs become routine.
So, when I see something like the eerie mist in this photograph, I get very excited about it.
Forget about the bell-shaped orbs; they’re just the fog when I took this photo. (That’s one reason I like this Canon camera. Its internal lenses refract light bouncing off moist air in a bell-shape that can be used to distinguish “fake anomalies” from the real ones.)
However, the mist coming up from this grave fascinates me. It reminds me of vampire movies. (Later note: This article was written long before the Twilight series was even written.)
I like the contrast between the rising mist -whatever it is – and the larger water droplets in the air, which photographed as “bells.”
I’m not claiming that this mist is an anomaly. I don’t know what it is, but it’s definitely rising up from one of the haunted graves where we get our strangest “ghost photos.”
This was taken at Gilson Road Cemetery, Nashua, NH, on 26 Nov 1999, at about 6 p.m. The grave belongs to Rufus Lawrence.
When we charted the non-orb anomalies we’ve captured on film at this cemetery, his grave is Ground Zero for many of them. For example, the purple-streaked photo featured elsewhere at this site, was take just to the right of Mr. Lawrence’s headstone.
Camera: Canon Snappy LXII, point-and-shoot
Film: Kodak Max 800 ASA
(Yes, this is a color photo, and no, I didn’t edit it with PhotoShop or any other program.)
Fiona’s notes: These are two photos taken 26 Nov 1999 at Gilson Road Cemetery, Nashua, NH. We took them with a Fuji disposable Quicksnap camera, with 800 ASA film in it. I took these photographs about five seconds apart.
Ignore the apparent “orbs.” It was already becoming a foggy night when these pictures were taken.
If they were “ghost orbs,” we have no way of knowing.
As the evening progressed, the orbs in the photos became thicker and more numerous.
I think they’re just reflections off the saturated air, but I’m not sure. Except for slight color differences which pique my interest, the orbs in these photos look almost like the actual orbs taken on very dry evenings.
However, the thick mist swirling around the stones in the second photo… that’s something else. Lovely image, and nicely eerie. (See the strangest part of it, enlarged, at What Is This?)
Does mist really come up this quickly on a still night? I mean, in five seconds or less? I have no idea. Is this an anomaly? Again, I can’t say.
Nothing surprises me during my visits to this very haunted cemetery.
Okay, let me rephrase that: The ghostly images I perceive of an Indian massacre in the woods behind this cemetery distress me, but don’t surprise me.
2012 update: If I exhaled while taking the second photo and the weather conditions were exactly right, that might explain the misty effect.
But, back in 1999, I was careful not to breathe between photos. I already knew not to breathe (or move), and always to take at least two photos in quick succession.
Could the second photo could be from me, exhaling..?
To me, that seems like a less than 1% possibility. But, in the interest of total honesty in ghost hunting, I have to admit the possibility.
Gilson Road Cemetery, Nashua, NH
5 November 1999, about 10:30 p.m.
This is my famous “purple streak” photo taken at Gilson Road Cemetery at about 10:30 p.m. on Friday, 5 November 1999. The picture has not been enhanced or altered in any way. (The date and URL were added a few years later, when people started copying this photo without permission.)
This photo is from our first real investigation at Gilson Road Cemetery, and it was the night when we realized that the local legends are true: Gilson Road is haunted.
I did not see anything like this magenta streak when I was taking the photos. I did see sparkles during most of my photos, similar to the remnants of a firework display, after an enduring firework has exploded.
I also remember feeling as if something had rushed past me, and I said aloud, “What was that?” But, so many odd things happened that night, I didn’t think much of it.
That photo was one of the last that I took, the first night I visited Gilson Road Cemetery. Six of us had gone there after karate class. The group included Alan (aka “ghostbait”), Nancy (who died soon after), Annie, James, and me.
We’d expected very little from a site that’s popular as a place for high school students to drink, far from prying eyes. Mostly, we went there to check out the legends.
This is the photo that led me to start talking about Gilson Road Cemetery, online, long before anyone else did. In fact, this was back in 1999, when HollowHill.com – my first major ghost-related website – was one of the very few sites to talk about paranormal activity.
Gilson Road Cemetery is well-known for being “haunted.” Local legend claims that an Indian battle was fought here in early Colonial times. There are also tales of a murder that took place in a home that was once within the cemetery’s stone walls. According to the story, the house later burned to the ground. After that, the property was turned into a cemetery.
This cemetery seems incredibly haunted, with – at the very least – massive residual energy. 18 out of my first 56 photos show orbs or other anomalies. Click here to read about our earliest experiences at Gilson Road Cemetery.
This was photo #21 on a 36-photo roll of Kodak Max 800 ASA. It was taken with an Olympus point-and-shoot camera, the AF-1. Photo #20, below, is nearly identical. (I didn’t bother enlarging it for this site, as it’s so very similar to the larger photo, above.)
I usually take two photos in close succession, so that I can use one as a “control” in case of a lens flare or other reflection. The two magenta-streaked photos were taken about five seconds apart.
Every other photo – immediately before and after – on this roll is normal, with no streaks. You can view the photos before and after, to compare.
First, a photo with headstones, frame #19, was taken about two minutes before the two streaked photos.
The next photo with the figure (“Alan” in my story about that night) is frame #22, was taken about five minutes after the streak photos. He was not nearby when I took the streaked photos.
These streaks in frames #20 and #21 are on the negative too; this was not a printing error. The streaks do not extend outside the frame. There are no splashes of chemicals or other distortions on the negatives.
Also, it is impossible to take double exposures with this camera.
The film was developed and printed at a grocery-store photo service: Shaw’s, Nashua, NH.