Friday, May 8, 2009
Is It A Face In The Fire?
Following a training exercise,the New Zeland firefighters and the public were astounded bu the photos.
that a ghostly face in the flames of a burning house? Or is it just trick of the light?
You'd think it was just a mirage - except it appears twice, in two different photos.
The spooky images have appeared in a New Zealand competition showcasing ghostly pictures from around the country.
Most of the photographs were just 'orbs' - ie, dust on a camera lens - or smoke, or odd reflections, website Stuff.co.nz reported.
But some prompted a double take - like the above photos taken during a Westport Volunteer Fire Brigade exercise in 2006.
Both images appear to show a spectral head floating in the window of a burning house. While one could perhaps be explained away as a trick of the flames, the fact that the image was caught twice is harder to ignore.
New Zealand Paranormal Investigation Society director Brad Scott told Stuff.co.nz that most paranormal pictures were easily explained.
'There are 90 per cent logical explanations for everything that occurs, but it's that 10 per cent that we look for,' he said.
But it is a human tendency to search for faces in random patterns, a critic claimed.
Vicki Hyde, of the New Zealand Skeptics Society, said the photos could be easily explained.
'Shots involving fire, smoke and fog are notorious for producing ghost images,' she said.
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By Mail Foreign Service