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What’s Going On In This Spooky Photo?

March 30, 2008

Handprints, originally uploaded by IrishFireside.

corey says…We’re working on our Gardens of Ireland podcast and couldn’t resist showing you this eerie photo from Woodstock Gardens in County Kilkenny. Do you have any ideas on what is going on? Does it freak you out?

And NO, we didn’t doctor up the photo, this is how it appeared when it came out of the camera. The only thing we did was brighten the image so it was easier to see.

Here are our journal notes from that day…

“The drive from New Ross to Inistoige is really beautiful with great views of the Nore Valley. Arriving in Inistoige over the old, stone bridge is great as well. It’s quite obvious why this village has been selected as a location for several films. It is so charming. We got a room at the Woodstock Arms B&B. It was a converted hotel, and although everything was modernized, it still had those elements of an old hotel. It was nothing fancy, but it certainly was nice enough for us.

We decided to forgo dinner and grabbed an ice cream and walked to Woodstock Gardens. The walk from town is long but great. We wandered the impressive gardens and paths and really had a great time. It was amazing to think about how the estates former residents used to live…especially since their tenants lived on the opposite end of the spectrum.

Liam insisted I take his photo in front of a California redwood. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get the camera to take a clear shot. When I finally did…there was a very weird image in the photo. A ghost? Who knows…all I know is that I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

By the time we returned to town it was dark. People were sitting outside the pubs and restaurants and it was really quite enchanting. We walked around the square and along the river and then headed in to bed.

It was quite warm this evening, so we left our window open. We could hear a very drunk girl outside. She kept saying, “Get the feck off me.” We looked out the window to see if she was in trouble and found that a dog was quite fond of her leg. The poor girl kept yelling and hitting the dog, but he wouldn’t back down. She finally punched him and he left her alone.”

Tell us what you think is going on with this photo…

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Bob permalink
    March 31, 2008 2:32 PM

    The fact the “ghost” has a ring on its left middle finger and the guy in the picture also has the exact same ring tells me the picture is FAKE!!!

  2. March 31, 2008 9:03 PM

    There does appear to be a ring on the finger.

    I stand by the assertion that the photo is not manipulated.

    I must confess, if I were to have doctored it, I would have Photoshopped out the ring and made the hands appear as though they were climbing down the tree…now, that would have been REALLY freaky!.

    As for it being a ghost, I don’t think that is what it is either.

  3. Bill permalink
    April 1, 2008 7:47 AM

    It’s not just a hand. It’s a faint image of a person standing on the ground and leaning on the tree. If you blow up the picture to 400% and focus on that section you will see the outline of the person. Seems like a dark haired person with a dark top and light colored shorts.

    Did you have a prior picture like that?

  4. April 2, 2008 9:52 AM

    Bill, as you noted, I think it had something to do with the camera putting down some kind of double image rather than something supernatural. Images were coming out very blurry the whole time I was at Woodstock Gardens…never had problems before or after that though.

    I just kept deleting the blurry ones, so I don’t have them to compare to see if something similar was causing the problems… like, some kind of double-exposure or low-light issues going on. This one looked like it was fine in the viewfinder, so it’s one of only a few that I have from that visit.

    Regardless, it’s interesting to look at.

  5. Thomas permalink
    April 2, 2008 10:50 AM

    There seems to be accompanying “light leakages” (I hesitate to use the term “ghosting” for obvious reasons) in the upper left corner and at the base of the tree between the “hands” and Liam. The one at the base of the tree is definitely rectangular, so I’m leaning toward camera malfunction (didn’t know digital cameras had light leakages, though). The shape of the hands seem to closely match Liam’s, but if it is indeed a double image, it’s amazing how the fingers are perfectly placed into the contours of the bark, almost like they were kneading the tree. Has Liam been known to “knead” trees in the past? lol

  6. Bill permalink
    April 2, 2008 9:36 PM

    Camera malfunction or not – I agree, it is an interesting/fun picture. I’ve been showing it around because of its spooky nature.

  7. April 3, 2008 8:10 AM

    Thomas, Liam’s not known for being too kneady 😉 but he was quite insistent on getting his photo taken with the Redwood…maybe he’s got a thing for bark.

    I haven’t heard much about light leakages on digital cameras either (most people say they tend to end up with more mysterious “orbs”).

    Dark hair, ring, light pants (sometimes shorts)…that sounds like me…or about a hundred other people we generally see on an average day while touring Ireland.

    It has been an interesting photo…I guess with the thousands of photos we’ve taken over there, one of them was bound to turn out “mysterious.”

  8. Roose permalink
    April 7, 2008 3:58 PM

    Thank you very much for the picture, I hope you will be able to spice up our fall this year by adding more things like this, along with urband stories of Ireland……

  9. April 8, 2008 12:45 PM

    corey says…We’ll be on the hunt for all kinds of good stuff. If you haven’t seen it already, you might enjoy the Charleville Castle and haunted castles article from our e-newsletter…

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