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The Ghost of Weasel Hall


Infrared does some very strange things. We figured that out early on. One of the first nights we switched the outside cameras on, two of them showed the most amazing howling blizzard for half an hour. It was an IR gross exaggeration of a light mist. I guess. It was hard even to see the mist with the naked eye and t hasn’t happened since.

Something similar happens at work, where dust or moisture speckles swirl around in a seemingly purposeful way. One of my colleagues watching the recording firmly believes they’re orbs — you know, spirit doo-dahs.

I definitely think it’s just weird IR artifacts. I’m as psychic as a potato, me.

Picture above shows the camera in the garden that has its back to the chicken house. I hope you can make out the swirling mist. I see this many nights on this one camera. It’s a sort of twisty thing, like smoke, seemingly close to the camera. Very spooky looking.

My best guess is, it’s some kind of spider gossamer. Spiders love the cameras and crawl all over them (with B horror movie results). I guess the red lights either attract them, or attract bugs that attract them. They often leave cloudy, milky artifacts when they spin web up close to the lens.

OR maybe it’s some particular kind of mist coming up from the grass, bearing in mind how weirdly IR can exaggerate moisture.

Any other guesses?


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 7, 2017, 10:57 pm

It’s fog/mist. I watch goatslive.com and they get it a lot at night and spider webs, too.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 7, 2017, 10:58 pm

Definitely spirit doo-dahs.
Maybe doo-hickies.

Which are both beings of the spirit world, but one leaves visible marks.

At least that’s what I used to tell my dad (note, not the doo kind) on the rare occasion when it happened.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 7, 2017, 11:17 pm

Maybe your house is on a graveyard? Or, a plague pit? The mist is the breath of the undead. [insert evil laugh]

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 7, 2017, 11:50 pm

Maybe it’s swamp gas. Your house is built on an ancient swamp.

Comment from Bob
Time: August 8, 2017, 12:01 am

The cards say that it is mist.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: August 8, 2017, 12:07 am

Artifacts on the lens…. plastic or cheap glass lenses act up when the temperature changes and it becomes more obvious when the ambient light is low.
Nice effects, though….

Comment from Some Vegetable i
Time: August 8, 2017, 12:08 am

Well, I’m not saying that it’s aliens, but….

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: August 8, 2017, 12:27 am

Project Blue Book says it’s Venusian swamp gas or a weather balloon.

I personally believe it’s Nicole’s killer and I’m going to notify OJ.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: August 8, 2017, 12:36 am

It might be the dew falling?

Comment from Crabby Old Bat
Time: August 8, 2017, 1:03 am

Your photo contains more evidence of paranormal activity than Ghost Hunters has managed to fabricate – um, I mean discover – in thirteen years. Write a book, immediately.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 8, 2017, 1:28 am

Maybe, it’s a fumarole. Any active volcanoes in your area? Could be that.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 8, 2017, 1:31 am

“Weasel Hall” ?? Surely, it is Stoatly Weasel Manor.
You need to get a big WWII surplus weasel-signal spotlight.

I think the photo artifacts are the restless souls of SJWs desperately seeking something about which to be outraged so they can hold a candle-light vigil or something equally effective.

Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: August 8, 2017, 1:35 am

It is my understanding that the potato is the most psychic of all the tubers.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 8, 2017, 1:53 am

@gebrauchshund – Huh. I didn’t know that, and being psychic they would know I didn’t know. So why didn’t they tell me? They would also know I love potatoes.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: August 8, 2017, 12:49 pm

Druids smoking their pipes?

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: August 8, 2017, 2:31 pm

Wolfus Aurelius swerved into my idea. I don’t recall that you’ve ever mentioned if you or Uncle Badger smoke, but a cigarette could be useful here. You need a length of wire sturdy enough to stick into the ground, looped on the end, to hold a cigarette up a few feet above the ground. Light the cigarette, take a good draw on it, and stick into the holder. Go inside and let the camera record the smoke. You’ll only have a few minutes though the smoke will likely linger. No telling what the camera will see.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: August 8, 2017, 2:48 pm

The real, UN-edited picture here:

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 8, 2017, 2:55 pm

@Deborah HH
Dang, for a minute I thought a fellow Tim Powers fantasy fiction reader was going to suggest putting out a lit cigar and an ashtray that said “LA CIGAR TOO TRAGICAL” since (according to the stories) palindromes attract ghosts.

Were that true, she could get Napoleon to show up before BREXIT takes effect “Able was I ere I saw Elvis”
No! Wait!

Comment from Veeshir
Time: August 8, 2017, 3:00 pm

It’s the spirits of Chickens Past. Hanging around, waiting for a hand-out.

In AZ they use blacklights for backyard photos. I’ll never do one, they highlight now many scorpions you have running around.
I file that under, “Questions I do not want answered.”
I’d rather have ghosts.

Comment from JC
Time: August 8, 2017, 8:48 pm

Glen Campbell, he dead

Comment from JC
Time: August 8, 2017, 8:50 pm

Looks like Uncle Al got the dick

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: August 8, 2017, 9:05 pm

I’m just a lineman for the county….

Loved that song. RIP, Glenn.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: August 8, 2017, 9:55 pm

Just heard about Glen Campbell. He had dementia, didn’t he? Like for a long, long, horrible long time.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: August 9, 2017, 1:36 pm

Glen Campbell was a star for something like 50 years. “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” came out in the fall of 1967. “Gentle on My Mind,” I recall reading, was issued the first time, only hit about #80 on the Billboard Hot 100, then became a big hit (as it should have been) when it was re-released the next year.

He had a short period where he fell off the radar, say 1970-1975, but then “Rhinestone Cowboy” put him back on top.

No, as an actor he was no threat to Laurence Olivier. He’s not very good in “True Grit” or in “Norwood”; I don’t know what else he did in film. But then, Olivier coldn’t play guitar the way Campbell could. So I guess it evens out.

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