I’ve felt incredibly welcomed into the PostAWeek community from the very start, and now I’m half-convinced they are making prompts just for me. This week’s theme is, of course, ‘creepy’ and I’m all over that :)
Now seems like a good time to announce that I am in the process of creating a section of the blog which is dedicated entirely to photos and photo projects (like The Halloween Photo Scavenger Hunt, and The Haunting Photos Gallery.) The section can be accessed anytime by clicking on the ‘haunting photos’ link in the blog header area. (And by clicking HERE.)
I could post a number of photographs in response to this week’s prompt, but I’ll limit myself to one that I don’t think has ever appeared at the blog before:
THE CREEPY HAUNTED HOUSE
The above photo was taken when we walked the Ghosts of Anoka Tour, in Anoka, Minnesota.
This particular house’s ghost manifests as a prankster who likes to turn lights on and off and ring the doorbell. This activity is more impressive than you might image, because the doorbell in question is not electrical. Instead, it rings mechanically, when it is twisted. It looks something like this:
After our group had moved past the house, we actually heard the bell ring. I’m sure someone (living) inside the house was deliberately making the tour more exciting for us, but when we looked back there was no one visible in the well-lit porch. Creepy.
PS: I have no idea WHAT the two dark, straight, lines in the yard are. I don’t remember seeing any pipes or signs or trellises there when I took the shot, and they don’t look natural to me. I did not add them to the photograph.
Here are some of my favorite entries for the ‘creepy’ prompt from others:
(I’ll add more as I have time to browse, so feel free to check back. For this prompt, I plan to go through ALL the submissions.)
PS: If I’ve linked to you below, I would love to include one or more of your shots in my Haunting Photo Gallery. Check it out, and drop me a line in the comments or at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested :)
| tarantula | jackdaws dining | special indeed | Her Majesty | Backyard Buddy | 4 for 4 (perfectly creepy shots) | Cedlec Ossuary | Frosty in August | WE’RE WATCHING YOU! | Pointy Hoods and Long Cloaks | Mummies of Guanajuato | What Waits in the Fog? | broken bone | Comic-Con little piggie | Trinity Churchyard, New York City | Afraid of the Dark | 18 shots, all good, bit I love the cave and the blood fountain | Buddhist hell | a Lovecraftian story, inspired by random creepy pictures |
With eleven weeks still left until Halloween, we’re in the early part of the journey. I’ve shared a list of Halloween-themed movies to rent, and I’ve provided you with a printable checklist of season-appropriate activities to remind you to enjoy the time between now and then. This week, I’m encouraging you to explore your local graveyard(s).
August 15th ~ 21st UPDATED
With 11 weeks to go, I’ve assembled some information that will give you a reason to have an outing (or several) to your local burial grounds.
To see more Halloween Countdown content, visit the homepage:
This week’s photo challenge prompt is ‘Beneath Your Feet.’ I’ve got some ideas about shots to take this week, but I’m not sure I can do better than to share a favorite set of photos from my digital scrapbook, of an exciting event that took place, over the course of weeks, right under my feet.
We have a deck overlooking a pond. From the front of the apartment building, we are on the first floor, but we are kind of built into a hill so our deck, at the back of the building, is almost a full story off the ground. In April, after we moved here, a commotion outside caught my attention. I went out to see this:
This guy was honking and calling, but he was only making about half the noise I heard. The other half of the conversation was coming from directly beneath me. I had to get down on my hands and knees to peer between the boards to see that his mate was huddled on the snowy rocks under our deck. (We’d had a significant late season snow storm just the day before.) Apparently, the pair had set up housekeeping in the semi-sheltered place under our deck, and, by the looks of it, they were planning on staying put, despite the weather.
It was a rough spring. It stayed cold. We had several more snows in April. The geese held to their convictions. My husband and I were struggling too. Both of us were still looking for work, after almost three months of unemployment.
In between filling out applications, I became friends with the female goose, who did most of the sitting*. It’s not good to feed geese much bread, which has too much protein, but with the weather being so inhospitable, I did drop a bite or two down to her once in a while. She became accustomed to me laying flat on the deck and talking to her, and she seemed to look forward to the occasional treat … as long as it landed close enough to her. She would not stand up or move from the nest to get a piece that fell beyond the range of her long neck.
(*Research has informed me that the female does ALL the incubating, and the male just guards the nest area, but many times I saw the male come and take over the nest toward evening. It was hard to miss because the two of them had a lot to say about the switching process.)
Weeks passed. Finally real spring arrived. I had found a full time job working the night shift at the Paranormal Hotel. I was usually asleep during the day, so I didn’t get to spend much time chatting with the goose. One afternoon, before I headed out to work, I remembered to check on her. This is what I saw:
She totally know I was up there, and, I swear, she moved aside so I could see this:
That last egg never hatched, though she stayed with it for another day and a half.
I have one more shot of the little family to share. Don’t fret, two of the goslings are just beyond the edges of the shot. I assure you that the couple successfully raised all five of their goslings into sleek adults.
Here are some of my favorite entries for the “beneath your feet” prompt from others:
(I’ll add more as I have time to browse, so feel free to check back.)
| Dog greeting the sun | the ledge shot, especially | ‘Feet’ – just the feet | chickens | bike shadow | from a train | baseball base | giant bird tracks | Where the Ancients Trod Before Us | black squirrel | Kathmandu cremation ceremony | the Portland Airport’s carpet, with its story | dor beetle, especially | “The fish are swimming toward the front of the ship.” | first autumn leaves | the center of France | river rocks | art collage | an unexpected reflection |
Soon it will be time to start thinking about autumn and Halloween, but right now it’s high summer, and there’s much to celebrate about that.
Now is a GREAT time to think about what you still want to do, while the weather is hot and sultry, and while we’re still in that magical season that feels at least slightly less structured than the rest of the year. The days are still long. The nights are still warm. Stormy weather still comes in sprints of wind, lightning, and thunder that pass, instead of marathons of cold and ice and snow that strand us in our homes.
If summer is slipping by too quickly, and if you want to remember to do all the things that make each season memorable, click the following shareable countdown image, or the link below that, to go to the Halloween Countdown post where you’ll find a printable checklist of fun seasonal activities … activities that begin right now.
August 8th ~ 14th UPDATED
With 12 weeks to go, I’ve prepared for you a printable, portable, Halloween Countdown checklist of activities that will remind you to enjoy the rest of this summer and autumn, and help you suck every delectable bit of marrow from Halloween’s bones … from now until the wee hours of November 1st.
Read: A Portable ‘Countdown to Halloween’ Checklist ~ timely reminders of things to do now and through autumn.
To see more Halloween Countdown content, visit the homepage:
“I pledge to believe,
and protect our monster friends.”
Yep. I’ve joined the Crow Scouts (or, as I prefer to think of them, the Monster Scouts … or the Monster-Nerd Scouts.) I won’t be a REAL card-carrying member, until December, when my equipment is expected to arrive. I know it’s coming though, because I just backed the organization.
Right now there is a Kickstarter running for an organization called the Steam Crow Scouts. It has already more than doubled its goal and it will be funded on Fri, Aug 7 2015 9:00 PM CDT. By the time you read this, it will probably be in its last 24 hours, (if it’s not already over.)
To learn more about the Crow Scouts visit scouts.steamcrow.com.
Even if you miss the Kickstarter, or choose not to fund them in that way, you can still join the program.
For weeks, I’ve been dithering about whether or not to join the Crow Scouts. (In my mind, from the very beginning, joining would mean contributing to the kickstarter and getting goodies … though folks can join for free at scouts.steamcrow.com.)
When I dug into the details, however, I found a couple of little things I didn’t like about the origin and purpose of the group. There is a phrase in one place that hits me wrong: “They (the “Crows”) also conveniently love, support, and help our little company, Steam Crow.” Also, on the login screen for the scout homepage, the words “Steam Crow Fan Club” arc across the top.
As much as I do enjoy the talent and artistic sensibility on view at the Steam Crow shop, I didn’t want to join the Crow Scouts as a way to show my support for a retail business … I wanted to support the concept of this peculiar scouting program itself. This overt connection made me hesitate, even though I REALLY wanted to be involved.
Then I took a deep breath and got down off my high-horse. I admitted to myself that what I really wanted was to be able to carry that Satchel of Holding around with me. I wanted to be able to buy badges I feel I have “earned,” and sew them onto the bag. I wanted to put together a uniform (using pieces from the Goodwill and my own creativity) that looks a bit like the senior uniform I coveted back when I was a Brownie:
What I’m really doing here is buying some nostalgia and some cool monster-lover gear. I’m pretty sure that most of the others who have joined Crow Scouts (and/or backed the Kickstarter) did so for the same reasons. And THAT tells me there’s a real community of quirky, retro-minded, monster-lovers out there … and that they are now connected by Crow Scouts. I can get into that.
Besides, I can’t help but think, Wouldn’t it be grand fun to wear the uniform to a con and be greeted by a Caw Claw?