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#1    Skinwalkers Haunted Woods 2005

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 07:32 AM


Yesterday evening, while I was walking on a dirt path through the woods, I snapped several pictures. This one in particular was disturbing. It appears to be a figure hung from a tree. After analyzing the transparent white "dress/cloth/material", I just could not dismiss it or the "face" as the bark of an ascending tree.

The transparency as well as the potential "rope" around the "figure's" neck has stumped me.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 01:14 PM

Looks like a tree to me.

Why don't you go back there and take some more photos - make sure you get some up close this time.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 01:35 PM

I'd have to see more pics from the same position to make a judgement, it's a good idea if you can set your camera to take multiple photos at once, that way you can see if an image appears in any other photos or just the one, if it lingers over several photos it's probably not a haunting JMHO


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Posted 12 February 2012 - 01:52 PM

My thoughts are..

1. You were obviously looking for interesting stuff in images with a lot of detail, and then were surprised to find something?

2. Pareidolia.  Show this image to ten random ordinary folk and I would be surprised if any of them saw anything remotely odd.  I certainly don't - you were shooting into the light and there was lots of stuff making little patterns and shapes.


As Rafterman said, go back and find this identical location - after all, you have an image of it so it won't be difficult to find..  Then shoot the same scene from the same location, same time of day.  Then move forward and take another shot every few metres, until you get up to the 'object', or (more likely) to the point where the shapes no longer line up to show whatever it is you think they show.  Then come back with your results.

I cannot work out, even after your description, what is supposed to be what.  Doesn't the fact that you didn't notice anything at the time, suggest something to you?  BTW, you said you 'analyzed' it - what techniques did you use?  I'd especially like to know how you determine transparency when looking at a scene like this.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 04:12 PM

View PostSkinwalkers Haunted Woods 2005, on 12 February 2012 - 07:32 AM, said:


Yesterday evening, while I was walking on a dirt path through the woods, I snapped several pictures. This one in particular was disturbing. It appears to be a figure hung from a tree. After analyzing the transparent white "dress/cloth/material", I just could not dismiss it or the "face" as the bark of an ascending tree.

The transparency as well as the potential "rope" around the "figure's" neck has stumped me.

Share your thoughts!


My thought is you are trying hard to see something that you want to be true.  If it was so out of the ordinary I think you would have noticed it while you were actually there, not after the fact looking at a photo.


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Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:05 PM

I looked hard at the image, even the inserted close up.  All I see is tree parts.  I think its the background coming into the foreground and then also the concept of Pareidolia happening too.  You want to see things like this and tell stories about things like this. You are very good at it - I've read some of your postings in the cryptid section - very full of details.  

Another poster suggested that you take multiple shots of the same thing and see if there are discrepancies between them.  That way you effectively have control photos and then if such things exist, the occasional abberrant photo.  Without some sort of control photo to compare this too, it could be whatever anyone's imagination can possibly come up with.  I would imagine that if you start taking multiples, you will begin to see that most of what you are seeing are actually events explainable by normal circumstances, as opposed to paranormal ones.


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Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:24 PM

View PostRafterman, on 12 February 2012 - 01:14 PM, said:

Looks like a tree to me.

Why don't you go back there and take some more photos - make sure you get some up close this time.


Unfortunately, I cannot investigate this "figure" further because I don't live in this town. These photos were taken on an overnight visit.

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Edited by Skinwalkers Haunted Woods 2005, 12 February 2012 - 05:25 PM.


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Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:40 PM

View Postorangepeaceful79, on 12 February 2012 - 05:05 PM, said:

I looked hard at the image, even the inserted close up.  All I see is tree parts.  I think its the background coming into the foreground and then also the concept of Pareidolia happening too.  You want to see things like this and tell stories about things like this. You are very good at it - I've read some of your postings in the cryptid section - very full of details.  

Another poster suggested that you take multiple shots of the same thing and see if there are discrepancies between them.  That way you effectively have control photos and then if such things exist, the occasional abberrant photo.  Without some sort of control photo to compare this too, it could be whatever anyone's imagination can possibly come up with.  I would imagine that if you start taking multiples, you will begin to see that most of what you are seeing are actually events explainable by normal circumstances, as opposed to paranormal ones.

Of course I tell a good story, I'm an aspiring novelist! :)

As for the "big foot/skinwalker" story I posted in the cryptid section, well, I wrote that five years ago. Now, with my improved skill, I could certainly bring it to life!

Since I do not live in this particular town, I cannot investigate this "figure" further. I would with fervor because I'm very curious to what it was. Actually, I cannot recall where along the dirt road I snapped this photo. I did so randomly.

It's always interesting when the brain purposes an illusion!

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 05:47 PM

View Postvitruvian12, on 12 February 2012 - 04:12 PM, said:

My thought is you are trying hard to see something that you want to be true.  If it was so out of the ordinary I think you would have noticed it while you were actually there, not after the fact looking at a photo.

Woods are woods. They're an infinite expanse of bark equivalent to a room of mirrors. Amidst the obscurity, there's far too much to observe. The "figure" was quite prominent in the photo when I reviewed it. There was no strain on my eyes or the other three individuals whom spotted it.

I'm undecided about this one. It could be the bark of a tree, sure. Absolutely. But I cannot be confident.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 06:29 PM

View PostChrlzs, on 12 February 2012 - 01:52 PM, said:

My thoughts are..

1. You were obviously looking for interesting stuff in images with a lot of detail, and then were surprised to find something?

2. Pareidolia.  Show this image to ten random ordinary folk and I would be surprised if any of them saw anything remotely odd.  I certainly don't - you were shooting into the light and there was lots of stuff making little patterns and shapes.


As Rafterman said, go back and find this identical location - after all, you have an image of it so it won't be difficult to find..  Then shoot the same scene from the same location, same time of day.  Then move forward and take another shot every few metres, until you get up to the 'object', or (more likely) to the point where the shapes no longer line up to show whatever it is you think they show.  Then come back with your results.

I cannot work out, even after your description, what is supposed to be what.  Doesn't the fact that you didn't notice anything at the time, suggest something to you?  BTW, you said you 'analyzed' it - what techniques did you use?  I'd especially like to know how you determine transparency when looking at a scene like this.


False, actually. When I stepped out into the woods, I was not impersonating a ghost hunter. I was embarking on a adventure! When I reviewed this photo, and well as the others, "figures," orbs and faces emerged. I did not intentionally search for them.

Surely this could be the result of sunlight and shadows, no doubt. However, the root of the woods were dark.

I cannot revisit this location because I do not live in this town. Also, this identical spot would be difficult to find even with the aid of the photograph. Woods are identical themselves. The capture of image was not deliberate, therefore, identifying this "figure" at the time would have been difficult. The woods are an infinite expanse of bark and are equivalent to a room of mirrors. You've got to really fixate your eyes on a precise location to identify a potential figure.

The "face" is not realistic. I'm quizzical concerning the transparency. This photo was analyzed with Photoscape. To determine such, I applied a number of affects. The transparency translates to transparency and not a solid as the trunk does. This could be the result of sunlight. I'm not confident. I'm rather undecided.

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Posted 12 February 2012 - 10:37 PM

I'm not seeing anything transparent.  I simply see some old roots and a tree.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 01:49 AM

As I believe ghosts blend themselves in to the surroundings, and change light patterns, I say "Boy, congratulations on 2 great ghost pics there in the trees!!"  The detail in the witch puc Is great, right down to the feet.
Keep up the good work, great stuff for the board....  Then again, a cudos from " me" round these parts might work against ya....  Good luck.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:25 AM

View PostRafterman, on 12 February 2012 - 01:14 PM, said:

Looks like a tree to me.

Why don't you go back there and take some more photos - make sure you get some up close this time.


View PostRafterman, on 12 February 2012 - 10:37 PM, said:

I'm not seeing anything transparent.  I simply see some old roots and a tree.

Thank you Thank you :tu:. I agree completely. It looks like a fallen tree, leaning against another tree, or even the massive root system sticking upward.


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Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:29 AM

View PostSkinwalkers Haunted Woods 2005, on 12 February 2012 - 06:29 PM, said:

False, actually. When I stepped out into the woods, I was not impersonating a ghost hunter. I was embarking on a adventure! When I reviewed this photo, and well as the others, "figures," orbs and faces emerged. I did not intentionally search for them.

Surely this could be the result of sunlight and shadows, no doubt. However, the root of the woods were dark.

I cannot revisit this location because I do not live in this town. Also, this identical spot would be difficult to find even with the aid of the photograph. Woods are identical themselves. The capture of image was not deliberate, therefore, identifying this "figure" at the time would have been difficult. The woods are an infinite expanse of bark and are equivalent to a room of mirrors. You've got to really fixate your eyes on a precise location to identify a potential figure.

The "face" is not realistic. I'm quizzical concerning the transparency. This photo was analyzed with Photoscape. To determine such, I applied a number of affects. The transparency translates to transparency and not a solid as the trunk does. This could be the result of sunlight. I'm not confident. I'm rather undecided.

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So when faced with a choice between easily explainable and mundane, and completely subjective and unlikely, you remain undecided? The notion that you want something to be true shouldnt color the way you judge things.


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Posted 13 February 2012 - 02:36 AM

View PostJudeaous, on 13 February 2012 - 01:49 AM, said:

As I believe ghosts blend themselves in to the surroundings, and change light patterns, I say "Boy, congratulations on 2 great ghost pics there in the trees!!"  The detail in the witch puc Is great, right down to the feet.
Keep up the good work, great stuff for the board....  Then again, a cudos from " me" round these parts might work against ya....  Good luck.

Hey man, don't be upset or think that way. If you feel you're receiving negative feedback, it may be because we are simply trying to educate you and help you out. As I've always said, to be a believer your first obligation is to be a skeptic. I've been at this for quite a long while. You can read up on me and my group n history on my bio but,  as my team evolves and we become more and more educated, we are able to, with complete certainty, conclude that 99.9% of "Paranormal" activity and events are nothing more than a mixture of Psychology / lack of education / misinterpretation of surroundings and natural occurrences / suggestion (in the psychological term) / or down right fraud and deceit.

So, as I said above, don't be discouraged. There are some extremely intelligent and well meaning people here. I just know one of the largest concerns and issues with the Paranormal Community is people making unsound and non educated claims towards "evidence." Education is the key my friend. :)

View Postvitruvian12, on 13 February 2012 - 02:29 AM, said:

So  when faced with a choice between easily explainable and mundane, and  completely subjective and unlikely, you remain undecided? The notion  that you want something to be true shouldnt color the way you judge  things.

Well said.

Edited by ColoradoParanormal, 13 February 2012 - 02:38 AM.





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