Arlington Ghost Hunter captures orbs with camera
August 27, 2008 · Updated 5:37 PM
ARLINGTON Arlington might have a Ghost Hunter of its own, but he claims that anyone can capture evidence of paranormal phenomena, as long as they have the right camera.
Gene Ammon has acted as a caretaker of the Portage Creek Wildlife Area since 1978, but last December, he took up an additional activity, when he discovered orbs on digital photos hed taken of a sunrise over the pond of the wildlife area.
I looked at the photos on my computer and thought, What the hell is that? Ammon said.
His curiosity piqued, Ammon went to the Arlington Library to research this phenomenon and came across accounts from other photographers who have claimed that such orbs have appeared inexplicably in their images.
Ammon, a self-described eccentric tinkerer, acknowledged that skeptics have attributed the milky white dots on such photo images to mundane causes, such as moisture on lenses or other flaws with the cameras. However, he asserted that his lenses have been clean and that hes captured images of the orbs using two different cameras.
Ammon admitted that he doesnt know what causes the orbs to appear in his photos, but he believes they could be signs of spiritual forces at work. He conceded that such claims cant be confirmed by scientific scrutiny, but as far as hes concerned, such phenomena shouldnt even be examined by scientific standards.
If these orbs are other-dimensional, whether theyre aliens or ghosts, our laws of physics wouldnt have to apply to them anyway, Ammon said.
Ammon estimates that hes captured images of at least 400 orbs since December, simply by taking his camera out along his daily routes to and from the library, the Centennial Trail and Portage Creek. Unlike Ghost Hunters who use expensive equipment, Ammons tool of choice is his Hewlett-Packard camera.
Its got a good flash quality, which makes it easy to get photos of the orbs, said Ammon, who added that he cant see the orbs when he takes the photos, since they only appear on the photo images afterwards. You dont have to be a Ghost Hunter to do it.
Ammon suspects the orbs could be evidence of one of human spiritualitys most common beliefs.
You see it in the Bible, all the way back to the most ancient myths, Ammon said. There are spirits inside all of us, and when our bodies go, our spirits stay. These could be those spirits, watching over us.
Ammon laughed as he admitted that his theories are unusual, but he acknowledged that hes more comfortable when hes not trying to fit in.
Im not content to hide in a crowd, Ammon said. I stopped shaving after I got out of the military. I dont know where Im going with this, but Ill just keep going with it.