Apparition - Galvez Hotel 5th Floor Copyright GalvestonGhost.com AMWeigel
During a paranormal investigation we conducted in February 2005 we captured the following evidence. We have tried to give you the evidence in every possible way to ensure you that it is real and authentic. We are providing original untouched photographs so that you may evaluate the evidence for yourself without our lightening or darkening the image. Please let us know what you think of the evidence we captured.
This picture is the picture taken directly prior to the picture with the apparition. It was taken just a few feet farther down the hallway on the frame immediately before our "lady" apparition.
Click on the picture at left to see the full size image - this image hasn't been retouched at all.
Portrait of Viceroy Count Bernardo de Galvez the psudo founder of Galveston Island located in the lobby of the Hotel Galvez. Viceroy Galvez named the island obviously after himself and was in control of the island while Texas was under Spanish control. The portrait is rumored to be haunted and the eyes tend to follow you as you walk past.
When we heard the painting might be haunted we were a bit amused by the idea of a haunted painting. However we took a few pictures to see what we would get. This is the most interesting by far because of the ghostly skull that appeared instead of the portrait itself.
I get this question through the website all the time and the truth is I don't know. Ghost if they exist and I believe they do are energy. Energy that can move from room to room, follow you, and in some rare cases make physical contact with you. So therefore if ghost are energy wouldn't there be a visible sign of their presence? I believe some orbs might actually be ghost. I've seen things, bright balls of light with my bare eyes for example that I can promise you wasn't a fleck of dust or moisture.
I've also seen a bright red light floating right in front of my face t just disappeared and left me utterly shocked and unable to explain what I had experienced. So I have a problem with the paranormal community just totally discounting orbs as "not ghost." Sadly I believe this opinion was formed because of the popular T.A.P.S. Ghost Hunters television show. I'm not saying all orbs absolutely are ghost.... but at the same time I don't think it's wise for a group who is supposedly running investigations in a "scientific method" to discount evidence. So below I will post our "orb" photographs and let you be the judge.
Vortex, Ectoplasm, & Odd Images
Vortex: An anomaly that appears as a funnel or rope-like image in photographs or, on occasions, to the eye. These images are believed to represent ghosts, collections of orbs or gateways which travel to a wormhole in time-space.
Ectoplasm: coined from the Greek words ektos and plasma, which together means "outside formed." Ectoplasm is used to describe spiritual energy with substance. Charles Richet created the word ectoplasm to first describe physical manifestations that appeared from psychic mediums during the late 1800's while in trances. Ectoplasm was purportedly secreted from the medium's orifices, such as the ears, nose or mouth. However, ectoplasm of this type was more of a hoax during the rise of spiritualism and fraudulent medium. In modern times, ectoplasm in ghost investigations may still be described as "any unknown physical substance," such as a slime, attributed to a haunting; but, mostly, photographic and video evidence of mists and vapors captured during ghost investigations are being labeled ectoplasm. When a mist is present that cannot be attributed to moisture, fog, smoke, cigarette smoke, steam, or breathe in cold air, the vaporous cloud can usually be assumed to be a physical manifestation of spirit.
Again I don't know if votex or ectoplasm is real or not but I maintain my views on ghost and energy that I described above in the orb section. In the old days these sorts of photographs were explained away as "bad film" but in the age of digital photography we can no longer attribute these unexplained images in that manner. Therefore what are they? I will leave you to decide for yourself.
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