Great Smoky Mountains Ghost
As an avid photographer of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, I shoot thousands of frames of everything that the park has to offer. As a matter of fact, I often shoot so many photos in a single session that it is not uncommon for me to not scrutinize the photos for a long period of time.
That was the case with this photograph of Laurel Falls that I took back in 2011. A quick glance at the thumbnail reveal a rather lackluster composition without any specific appeal.
However today I was examining this series of photos more carefully in a viewer to see if I might have missed a rare gem. As I was looking at this picture of Laurel Falls I noticed an anomaly in the top right quadrant. It appeared to be a glowing orb of some kind. Now rest assured that this occurred in the original raw image and not as the result of post-production digital wizardry!
As a photographer I know that light can play tricks on you. There are many possible physical explanations for the ghostly green illumination.
When I expanded the photo out to maximum resolution I thought that I noticed a face or at least a representation of a face in the orb. Whether or not it is a supernatural phenomenon is up to the reader to decide, but I have been unable to determine a definitive natural explanation for the iridescent emerald anomaly.
But I like to think of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as place of magic and mystery. It is easy to attain the sense that there is much more here than meets the eye. A walk along a trail can be an exhilarating spiritual experience that replenishes the soul with appreciation for the natural creation that is the heart of soul of the park.
So even though the scientist in me says “it ain’t so” the poet in me is a true believer. After all, even if you can’t see the magic with your eyes, you can certainly feel it within your being!