The most startling encounter occurred through ITC (Instrumental TransCommunication). The interaction described below began while researching WILD WEST GHOSTS, but the "conversation" has continued since the publication of the book.
In a world defined by anomalous experiences -- EVP, flashlight conversations, invisible footfalls, cold spots, ghostly touches, and all the things we've encountered on our journey -- the following "correspondence" may be the most anomalous of all.
One of the investigations we conducted for our book Wild West Ghosts occurred at the Twin Lakes Inn in Twin Lakes, Colo. The building harbors all sorts of supernatural events, including full-bodied apparitions -- two of these manifesting during a Halloween seance! (Here's the link to our investigation, and here's the link we collected about others' encounters.)
Weeks later Mark noticed two photos of the Twin Lakes premises he didn't recall taking. For one thing, the pics occurred at the very beginning of the camera's storage, separated from the other photos of Twin Lakes and way out of sequence of absolutely every other ordered shot recorded digitally for the entire haunted hotels project. The second anomaly about these two pictures was that the file size of each was only 50k; all the other pictures on the camera were closer to a meg each.
But the biggest anomaly was that one of these two photos -- and they
were of the same boring scene -- included a vertical green swatch that seemed to have a figure in it. What was going on?
We'd had other photo anomalies during our visit to the Twin Lakes as well. Kym's camera had recorded a number of slanted and colored streaks mixed in with some of her other photos in the building. The main subjects in each of these photo compositions were in sharp focus, but the slanted streaks all looked like motion blurs. It was a new camera and we both decided these were defective shots, and so she eliminated them.
A friend of Kym's, who has analyzed many paranormal photographs, told us the green light in the photo was intended to convey friendliness. She also told us to take a closer look at the green swatch in particular. Only months later did we take the time, during our more careful analysis of all the data we had collected on the project.
More surprising, however, atop that face is the head of what appears to be a dog, perhaps a boxer. To the left is an enlargement of the green swatch, showing the boxer looking slightly to the left of frame.
You might have to move back from the screen to see the image(s) more clearly. The more we studied this photo, other animal faces emerged, , possibly cat heads as well.
Who sent us this picture, and why? And who are these figures? We have no answers at this point. In fact, we chalked it up to one more intriguing anomaly of our investigations and moved on to other parts of our post-investigation analysis.
It wasn't until an additional variant image of the same mysterious (larger green swatch) photo popped up -- this time on Kym's camera (recall the the original photo anomaly occurred on Mark's camera) -- that we realized someone, or something, was still trying to contact us.
This time there was no mistaking the intention because the photo now contained writing across the front of the frame. And the focus of the final article in this three-part series.
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There are puzzling experiences and encounters aplenty out there, and you just may want to pick up a copy of the book for either armchair musings of your own or else as a guide for some of your own expeditions into the fascinating world of the paranormal.
You can pick up the book as either an e-read or a trade paperback. Visit our Website for the links.
In the meantime, happy hunting!