The photo challenge posted by Daily WordPress for this week is Eerie, in time for Halloween. Not for my favorite subject as I easily get scared. I am one who can’t even watch scary movies nor read mystery novels.
I am always spooked by cemeteries. Maybe because growing up our elders always scared us by stories of ghosts lurking around us just to get us to stay home after angelus. Growing up, our town in northern Philippines didn’t have any electricity yet. We had a gas lamp which shone brightly in the middle of our house but beyond that or under our house which is typical in the Philippines, the first floor was used for grain storage and it was dark. So for me cemeteries were synonymous with ghosts.
However, I’ve seen so many pictures of cemeteries in Ireland like it is just part of the landscape. It was only during our trip there that I started taking pictures of cemeteries. This one was taken in Aran. (No I take that back, I did take pictures of them while in the Cotswold but my photo files were sent home to the Philippines.)
Below I found the Lower Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone eerie in the midst of all that beauty around it. And yet if one reads the history of Yellowstone many went there to experience it, stories of pioneers cooking their food over the sulphuric hot springs or even color dyeing their clothes. It looked dangerous and lifeless and yet if you look hard enough they have their own beauty. At some points they are so colorful but many looked ashen and deadly. In many ways they are truly dangerous as shown by the many signs/warnings not to step beyond the safe perimeters for viewers.