Sunday, April 1, 2012

The Stuff We Never Talk About...

I am often asked if I have run across strange phenomena in my travels. My journeys take me to many different places and environments, and frankly, some really...um...eerie things have been known to happen. It is not one of those things that we earth scientists like to talk about and we have been hiding this knowledge from the public for years. I don't want to call it a conspiracy, it's just that we don't think the public at large is ready to know about these things.  It seems to me that the time has arrived to admit that there are things out there...
They're seen in caves in and around Mt. Shasta and Medicine Lake Highland. If you are in the dark long enough...you start to see the lights. They float through the open spaces of the lava tubes. They aren't easy to photograph, but I hid behind a pile of broken rubble and left the shutter open. The spectral lights appeared around the corner and silently passed by.
There are legends about the Atlanteans and Lemurians inhabiting the underworld of Mt. Shasta, and stories of how they carve the tunnels of their underground cities. Being the hard-boiled logical scientist I am, I have to declare that this is the only possible explanation for these lights. The underground civilizations of beings who lost their islands in the Mediterranean Sea and Indian Ocean tens of thousands of years ago in giant cataclysms makes a lot more sense than anything else that could have left the images on my digital camera.

My colleague Erste Avril can back me up on all my assertions. He has seen these same lights in other caves, too, much farther south than Mt. Shasta. They're in the caves of the Sierra foothills too...

9 comments:

Christoph said...

Garry, this is scary! Jones et al. (2007) had a paper on this, but without any real hard facts. They just described some information collected from historical sources. I guess you are the first to have published pictures on that. Good luck with your future field work out there.

See Jones, A., Avril, E. and Weichenbergert, E. 2007: Xenobiological pseudoanthropomorphism in subsurface structures: historical evidence. J Appl. Mythol. 4, 1, 37-42.

Gaelyn said...

Hodags are very difficult to photograph in caves. You scored.

Sping said...

You obviously crashed an Lemurian Rave party.

Randy A. said...

I don't know whether the commenters above are going along with your joke, or if they really don't know what a long exposure picture looks like...

Just out of curiosity -- how many helpers did you have for these shots?

Garry Hayes said...

I don't think I trolled any Atlanteans with this post. They were probably insulted that I chose April 1 to talk about them! There were four or five students with a combination of light sources. Obviously the light sticks have the most interesting effect.

Matt said...

Great April Fools joke!! Love the light exposure pics! I was actually just up at Shasta caves, and boy were they cool!

Carlyn Girl said...

Great April Fools Day joke!

Lauren said...

OMG. You got me. /facepalm

Sonya J said...

Beautiful photographs and captivating tale.