Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ghost Lights

The Lure of Ghost Lights

When it's late October, its my favorite time of year. The leaves begin to change, the evenings get cool, and the skeeters finally start to thin out. It makes you want to get out after dark and enjoy some of nature’s wonders, especially the paranormal wonders. Okay, you can watch them any time of year, not just the fall.  I am not talking about college football, here. I'm talking about earth light phenomena, or as locals more commonly call them, ghost lights or Spooklights.
Various experts give explanations for ghost lights range from swamp gas to tectonic strain to strange light refractions to ghosts. While there are plenty of rational explanations (and even more irrational explanations) for ghosts lights, I prefer to think of them as natural phenomena that are fascinating and just plain fun. You can find worse things to do than spend a quiet evening in the countryside seeing the light.
Growing up within a few miles of one site, I found a natural fascination with ghost lights from the first time I saw the famous Crossett (Arkansas) Light at age eight. So, for your enjoyment I'm periodically publishing some features on different ghost lights compiled for the soon to be published Paronormal Tour Guide, Ghost Lights of Dixie.
Sweet screams,
Thornton Austen

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