Saturday, October 31, 2015

Birding With Ghosts

 I've always had a fascination with legends, folklore, and tales of the supernatural. I don't necessarily believe in any of the tales I hear or read about. My philosophy is that I am skeptical of everything but at the same time try to keep an open mind. 

In some cases there are historical events which led to stories about hauntings and other supernatural tales. It was an attempt to explain things that people didn't understand at the time. At one time people said vampires were responsible for symptoms we now know were caused by tuberculosis (consumption back then). During the time of the Salem witch trials, witchcraft was blamed as the cause of  some people who suddenly started talking and behaving strangely.It was recently theorized that those hallucinations may have been caused by moldy rye flour. Spoiled rye produces ergot which is a hallucinogenic. 

Science answers most questions but I don't still don't believe that we have all the answers. I am always curious even if there is only a small chance of something having an ounce of truth to it. I remember a commercial for Ivory soap that said it is 99 and 44/100 % pure. I always wondered what's in that other 66/100 that they're not telling us about? 

 The cemetery shown in the above photo is the site of one of those stories. I don't want to say where the cemetery is or what the story was about because there are still living relatives in the area that would prefer the story remain buried.
On this particular day I didn't see any ghosts,witches, or vampires. Only a Pileated Woodpecker in some nearby woods hard at work.


Michelle said...

A nice shot of this cemetery. A favorite thing of mine to photograph.

Larry said...

Thanks-A cemetery out in the country seems like a peaceful place.

Linda said...

Beautiful captures, Larry! Thank you so much for sharing.

troutbirder said...

The pileated woodpecker turned into a witch?

Kathie Brown said...

Love the pileated woodpecker. Not nice to tempt us with a story and then not tel it! I love Gillette's Castle but have not made it there since my return from AZ. I will have to try to go next time I am down.

Larry said...

Your imagination can tell the story if you let it. Gillette Castle is also a good area to go birding.