What was that? Was something out there, or was it just my imagination running wild again? My curiosity got the best of me; I grabbed my cell phone to check the backyard security camera. Was something there, creeping around the edge of the shadows? I couldn’t quite tell.
I was warm and comfortable and didn’t want to get up, but I was also curious. I enjoy watching wildlife and it was a nice bright night; if something was out there I’d have a good view.
But I’d been fooled before. On several occasions I was sure I saw a deer, or several, on my security cameras only to look out the window and see nothing. One night I would have sworn a giant buck stood just outside my window. When I got up to look, nothing.
Security camera proving inconclusive, I strained my ears for the faintest sound. There it was again! Soft, but audible, a thumping and scratching noise. Either the shadows were real or my eyes and ears were both deceiving me.
Deciding it was worth it, I was fully awake now anyway, I got up to take a gander out the window and see what I could see. At first glance I didn’t see anyone or anything. The moon was bright and I could see clearly, yet there were no mystery shadows or even a hint of movement where the sound had been coming from.
I widened my gaze and that’s when I saw what I thought I had seen. Standing there, tall and proud in the shade of my big tree, was the culprit. I put my phone tight up to the glass and hit the camera button. Ah-ha! I caught you!
I stepped away from the window for just a few seconds, so as not to spook my spook. When I looked back, the culprit was gone. The field, empty. The other field, empty. My neighbor’s yard, empty. My other neighbor’s yard, empty.
Huh. That was strange. Well, at least I got a photo. I opened the gallery on my phone and pulled up the photograph. Now isn’t that something; maybe it had been just my imagination after all.
And that, my friends, is the story of how I captured The Shadow in the Shade… or did I? (Click to Tweet!)
Until next time,
Note: The photo above has been cropped and only slightly edited for sharpness and color. This is what came out of my camera; it’s not a Photoshop trick. If you know how this image was made possible, please don’t spoil it for others!