Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Cemetery Ghost Walk

Last night, Sue and I joined others for a Cemetery Ghost Walk led by Linda, a pillar of the community. It had been scheduled a few days before Halloween but was postponed due to rain. At 6:30 before the time change, it wouldn't have been completely dark — not at the start of the walk, at least — but after the time change, it was pretty much pitch black in the wooded cemetery.

Obviously, great darkness is not great for picture taking, but I tried anyway. I put the ISO way way up there and the shutter speed really slow (1/10 sec) and hoped for the best. I couldn't really focus either. I set everything to manual and did my best.

I was somewhat surprised to have salvaged as much as I did.

These first three photos show Linda, our fearless and peerless host. The next two show some of the group around her, listening in rapt attention.




Another group shot. ↓



A few scenes. ↓





You've heard of water twitching or witching? Well, our one host was also a grave twitcher. There are some unmarked graves, and she found them by using two copper rods. When they crossed, it indicated a male down below, and when they separated apart, it indicated a female.



A few others tried their hands but they just didn't possess the magic.



We ended up by the little crypt-like building for light refreshments.





Inside the structure, the ghostly table was set. The racks, faintly visible at the back, were for storing caskets when the ground froze in winter.


It was a fun night. Thanks to Linda and the other helpers.

14 comments:

Marie Pretty Smith said...

Looks scary but fun!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Spooky! That first shot is fantastic...looks like your settings were perfect!

Peggy Jones said...

I agree your photography was great. I read how you did it. "Photography by A/C" just thinking of a name for your new business. LOL

ADRIAN said...

This looks a bit weird.
Perhaps not very respectful but what the hell.

Vicki Lane said...

What a fun idea!

Country Gal said...

Lovely photos . Looks like all had fun . I love walking the old cemeteries and reading the tome stones , we have one here just up the road that is all from the late 17 and 1800'S . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

alp said...

Curiosas y bonitas imágenes...un saludo desde Murcia...

Shammickite said...

Do you really believe the grave twitching with the copper rods? hmmmm I'm somewhat skeptical. However I'd like to try it just to see if I got any results.

Mage said...

What absolute fun. Thanks so much for taking us along.

Lorna said...

Carleton Place is such an interesting town.

Kathleen's Blog said...

Looks great----we did the Haunted Hike here in St, John's a few years back. It was fun,and very interesting!! These photos reminded me of that.

EG CameraGirl said...

You did very well under the circumstances!

Savannah Devilles was Linda Seccaspina said...

Thanks JOhn for what you do.. going to repost this on Tales of Carleton Place.. as for being respectful we stayed to the roads and a warning 'not to fool around' was said. Not that any of us were going to do that LOLOL

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

A cemetary walk on Halloween seems a great activity and we have the perfect locatiin here in Nashua, but alas if there were any events we would not have been able to attend. We spent Halloween with the grandkids which was great fun, but maybe next year. Yiur ohitos came out very well considering the limitations, John.