Lincoln Home Historic Area - Bright Spot - Zoom One - Springfield, Illinois 09.26.06
Today as I was walking with Randy Reynolds for our lunch time constitutional, and photo blogging romp, we had this exchange (kind of a paraphrase - with some time compression used for presentability):
JeromeProphet: I've noticed that Marie Carnes Isn't Posting Comments on my blog.
JeromeProphet: Yes, I think she's angry at me, or something.
Photo-Etc: Why would she be upset with you?
JeromeProphet: Well, I think she feels that I made fun of her.
Photo-Etc: In what way?
JeromeProphet: Well, she wrote a post on an "Orb".
Photo-Etc: An Orb, what are you talking about?
JeromeProphet: She said she saw something like Saturn only as small as a basketball.
Photo-Etc: Really, I never saw that post.
JeromeProphet: Yes, it was several months ago, it's not on her main page anymore.
JeromeProphet: I wasn't making fun, but I just responded "Strange, yet not".
Lincoln Home Historic Area - Bright Spot - Zoom Two - Springfield, Illinois 09.26.06
JeromeProphet: And Dave (The11thhour) Said it couldn't be Saturn.
JeromeProphet: Saturn's gravity would suck the Earth into it if were that close.
Photo-Etc: Why do you believe she feels you made fun of her?
JeromeProphet: I posted a video with someone faking an Orb visitation.
Photo-Etc: Really, I haven't seen that post either.
JeromeProphet: It's a lame attempt to fake people out.
Lincoln Home Historic Area - Bright Spot - Zoom Three - Springfield, Illinois 09.26.06
JeromeProphet: They used a laser pointer - it's really easy to spot.
Photo-Etc: I'll have to check that out.
JeromeProphet: Now Marie doesn't make comments on my post anymore.
Photo-Etc: I haven't noticed.
JeromeProphet: Well, it might not be the explanation.
JeromeProphet: We all see things if we live long enough, it's how we interpret them.
JeromeProphet: I'd never slight a person for saying they saw something like an orb.
Photo-Etc: Uh Huh.
JeromeProphet: But I prefer to use science as the means of interpreting experience.
Lincoln Home Historic Area - Bright Spot - Zoom Four - Springfield, Illinois 09.26.06
JeromeProphet: That looks like an interesting photo.
Photo-Etc: Yes, back there?
JeromeProphet: I like all the little mounds, and trees back there.
Photo-Etc: Does look nice back there.
JeromeProphet: I wonder why they made it look like that?
Lincoln Home Historic Area - Bright Spot - Zoom Five - Springfield, Illinois 09.26.06
JeromeProphet: It's not like the Victorians wouldn't have leveled it all out.
JeromeProphet: They'd see nature, see a mound, and want to level it out.
About The Photo
When I snapped the photo featured in this blog post I just pointed the camera in the little wooded area located just west of Ninth in the Lincoln Home Historic Area. I really didn't take the time to observe what I was photographing at the moment I took the photo, and so I can not claim to have seen the light source which features so prominently in the images above.
After uploading the image to my PC I noticed the bright spot on the image, and I decided to zoom in to see it more closely. The more I zoomed in, and looked at the image, the stranger it appeared to me. I even brought in some family members to help me interpret the image. It's a real stumper.
I have no idea what it is. I guess it could be a reflection, which seems to be the most probable explanation, but I'm keeping an open mind. While I would never accept a paranormal explanation for the light source I still have questions.
I wanted to add that while yes, I usually make some "adjustments" to my digital images, by:
- Increasing/Decreasing Contrast
- Increasing/Decreasing Color
- Occassionally Brushing Out license plates, serial numbers, identifying info, stains on clothes & walls & rugs, offensive looking power lines (I detest overhead powerlines)
I have never claimed that my photographs were absolutely pure from alteration - I consider them to be mini-works of art, and spend a lot of time making them look presentable. Most of my photos are simply that, but we live in the digital age folks.
Despite this technical ability I did not in any way alter the image associated with this post - not even for sharpness, contrast, or color because I was worried that someone would assume I made some alteration - which I did not.
Does anyone want to share their ideas?
Note to Dave: I'm expecting a smart remark - so hit me with your best shot.