Monday, 25 January 2016

Huge glowing finger?

WingHere's an unusual photo (right) I took recently. The picture shows a tree in winter. Unfortunately, the whole photo looks unsharp, probably the result of camera shake - it WAS taken in a hurry! The interesting bit is the large light object, behind the trees on the right, perhaps resembling a huge glowing finger. It is faintly reminiscent of the giant glowing pig reported recently (here). So what is it?

If I did not know what the photo was of I admit I might well not get the correct answer. I suppose I might guess, for instance, that it is the roof of nearby hut. I suppose some people might speculate that it could it be an unusual glowing ghost!

It's actually the wing of Barn Owl just behind the tree. I was trying to get a photo of the bird which is why I know what it is. But suppose someone else had caught this image by accident, without noticing the presence of the owl. They might speculate all sorts of weird things that the object could be.

Many anomalous photos fall into this category - an accidental photo of an object not noticed at the time of exposure. When such an object is partially obscured, like this owl, it makes identification more difficult. Who would guess an owl flying in daylight? In fact, in the UK both 'Barn Owls and Short-eared Owls are quite commonly seen flying in daylight. Other owl species may also be occasionally be seen flying in daylight if disturbed. When wild animals are photographed accidentally they will often not noticed by the photographer. That's because the animal is usually trying to avoid being seen!

While most things seen in photos that were not seen at the time of exposure are probably photographic artifacts, there can be other things too. There are so many possible xenonormal explanations for such photographic oddities.

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