I wanted to go further, to push the envelope on "chasing the
light" and try some really different photography. I have read enough
books about ghosts and spirits and hauntings that I was ready to see
if I could photograph an apparition.
I went on a ghost walk in Parry Sound last summer with Patrick
Cross and Terry Boyle and had a very interesting experience. Patrick
is a parapsychologist "ghost buster" from Burlington, and is rather
famous in this vapid business.
Muskokan editor Andrew Wagner-Chazalon and I arranged for Patrick
and his colleagues James Borg and Carrie Chilcott to come to Muskoka
to explore and discover some of the spirit energy that abounds here.
We met them on Saturday afternoon and went to three haunted sites
around Muskoka. Right now we arenít prepared to say where we were
because weíre still trying to absorb all that occurred.
It wasnít all Casper the Ghost posing in doorways. It was eeky
and creepy and exciting as images of ghostly vapour ó known as
ectoplasm ó and ghost orbs appeared on our digital cameras. There
were misty vapours and lots of shadows, cold breezes with cold
In a rustic old Muskoka lodge the parapsychologists found two
ghosts, one male and one female. Patrick took what he believes is
one of the best pictures of his 15-year career, an image that is
simply too creepy to describe. The ghostbusters were able to
communicate with the two ghosts, who indicated that they were happy
where they are and didnít want to leave.
At haunting number three I decided to shoot with black and white
film, and look for orbs or any manifestations of people from the
misty vapours. Although I did not see any ghosts with my bare eyes,
I am told the film can detect this paranormal activity.
Patrick teaches ghost photography, and shows people how to
capture orbs over graves, in houses, churches and around people. I
asked him for his advice and he said to use a digital camera, or
even a disposable, and shoot with your heart.
Donít be cynical. Take out some of your old family pictures and
look for orbs. You may think they are refractions of light or water
drops. When I saw my first photos with orbs I wrote it off as water
drops on the front of the lens. I was wrong. Look for faces in the
walls ó very faint, but visible ó or hands and other body parts
coming out of nowhere.
After the end of our long, long day of ghost busting we were
ready for a meal so we stopped at Jesterís in Huntsville because the
sign out front said they serve Spirits.
I asked our trio what they thought of Muskoka. They said it was
an eerie and uplifting place with a lot of great experiences, and
they were happy to have come here.
If you are interested in having a ghost photography course in
Muskoka, or want to join Patrick, Jim and Carrie on their ghost
tours in Burlington, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters. Patrick Cross
can be reached via his Web site,
or by e-mail at
Bev McMullen has taken photographs on a 3,000-mile Amazon
journey, in the South Pacific, Africa, Australia and Europe. She has
won numerous photography awards, including a Prime Ministerís Award.
She can be reached in Muskoka at 705-646-9490.
Contact Patrick Cross at: 416-201-4670