There are ghostly nuances in the nature world that make you do a double-take. Let's have a look at some of these haunting beauties -
This fun plant is called Verbesina virginica. It is a plant that exudes the moisture from its roots to protect it during the icy season and this freezes into beautiful ribbons. Ghostly eh?
This phenomena is seen in many woods around the world. We call them ghost lights or spooklights and they have many legends going back hundreds of years of reporting. They appear to be something in nature yet unexplained.
Some parts of the ocean experience a glowing algae and baceria that creates bioluminescence of the sea.
Figures encased in ice. This lighthouse is a study in ghostly appearance created by a formidable, translucent, white substance we call ice. Frozen in place, it has a very ghostly presence.
This ghost ship phenomena is called Fata morgana. It occurs with the right conditions when light is bent on the horizon, creating a mirage. The boat is actually on the water but we are seeing it in the sky. If you've ever seen a heat mirage off the ground, you know how it can create a very confusing horizon.
Fog. There is nothing more spectral and atmospheric than billows of fog. This fog in the photo above is from my childhood estate. A friend took a shot of it rolling in and the front veranda light on at the house. For a property so very haunted by specters on the land, it is rather chilling. Sometimes we see shapes in fog, other times we see outlines of what was eaten up by the mist. Our world becomes very limited and small as the opaque crepe quarantines us from civilization.
There are a lot of old stories of ghosts being mists shaped like humans. Apparitions are clearly a form. There are, however, some kinds of ghostly phenomena that are mists. We had odorless smoke, of the quality of a cigarette burning in an ash tray, at my childhood home. We also had a blue mist that would form and with it came an immense cold. It usually formed atop of people as they slept.
Deep Sea Apparitions
Found in the deepest part of the sea, the Mariana Trench, this snailfish above was found at 26,716 feet (8143m).
Ghost Plant/Corpse Plant
Monotropia uniflora is also known as the ghost plant or corpse plant. It is a perennial found in Russia, North and South America.
There is nothing more haunting than the sound howling wolves or wind -
Known as "Dead Man's Fingers" fungus, this delight is truly horrifying on the forest floor.
Northern Lights - aurora borealis
If the sky could be haunted, the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, would be the culprit. This phenomena occurs when electrically charged particles from the sun hit the Earth's atmosphere and collide with gases like oxygen and nitrogen.
Haunting Sky Sounds
The phenomena of shadow people has been an unexplained for some time, although a lot of theories abound. When we see shadows, we can jump and startle sometimes. I was in the kitchen one time at night, reaching for a utensil and the ceiling light hit my hand causing a moving shadow on the granite counter and I startled, thinking it was a mouse until my eyes fixed on it fully. Shadow people are seen out of the corner of the eye first and if you're lucky you can turn your head and watch them directly, although usually a fairly fleeting encounter.
We came to call these figures shadow people because they appear to be utterly devoid of any detail, as if they suck the light right out of their shapes like a black hole of humanoids. In fact, I've often postulated if the 3-dimensional looking shadow might be the shadow cast by an other-dimensional being. Instead of a 2D shadow like we cast, they would cast a 3D one....
Deep Sea Haunting Sounds
The sea haunts us, at least in audio. Some recorded sounds are truly unsettling.
Screaming frogs are not only ghost-like sounding, but downright annoying!
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