Sunday, November 18, 2018

"Haunted Western North Carolina"


Western North Carolina is a beautiful area which I wrote about in my last "The Art of Positive Living" blog post, "Beautiful Western North Carolina," on 11/4/18, but much of it seems to be very haunted, at least from Greg's and my perspective.

 For photographic proof, see the photo below-

Just look at the various colored orbs and ectoplasm in this picture of Greg coming down the steps at the Pisgah Inn at Mount Pisgah. Not only that, notice the purple color in the foreground! The only other place that I remember this color-on-the-ground phenomenon was some pictures that we took at the Nashville Zoo, and that was several years ago! The color then was a rose color instead of purple, and the shape was more rounded.

Greg was the subject in this photo, of course, but the photos at the zoo were the ones that Greg took of me.

I have another North Carolina haunted story.

Again, on my other blog, "The Art of Positive Living," I wrote a post entitled "Celebrating Twice" on 9/2/18 in which I told about our trip to the Southern Porch, a restaurant in Canton, North Carolina.

The "Southern Porch"

While there, I mentioned to one of the workers that I had heard that the restaurant was haunted. She told me that she had personally not seen anything, but that one guy that worked and even lived there had heard some very strange noises while he was in his apartment when no one else was in the building. That is one very brave man, in my opinion!

Food for thought: How many of us would live in a similar situation?

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, December 15, 2018, Becky

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Halloween Blog Post


I have a very special Halloween blog post for you since Greg and I got to visit a very special place in St. Francisville, Louisiana, The Myrtles Plantation!

Here it is!-

Although it's a very attractive place, The Myrtles has a dark secret, it's "one of America's most haunted homes"!

Greg and I became aware of The Myrtles from various television shows like "Ghost Hunters."

We enjoyed an interesting, informative tour of the historic antebellum house.

We were pleased that we got to take pictures (without a flash, except for one mirror) since that's what we love to do. (Some historic homes don't allow any pictures to be taken.)

Greg and I took several pictures of the house, but we found that the room above was the most haunted. Notice the red color emanating from the light above this portrait. There is also ectoplasm to the right of the closer vase, at the bottom of the portrait (two places), and on the the wall to the left of the mantle, there is a white orb (unless, instead, it's actually something mundane like a light switch!)

Here's another room in this lovely home, but we didn't catch anything on camera in this room. Instead, when you look into the green room to the left, there is something strange there.

Here's a close-up of that room-

Notice the white orb! Guess what? This is the very same room that has the ectoplasm near the portrait above (two pictures back). This is also the room with a creepy little girl portrait that was finished from a "sitting" after she died!

You never can predict what will happen when you take paranormal pictures.

Some days, some places, you'll easily get lots of great paranormal photos. Other times. the orbs, ectoplasm, and apparitions are few and far between even in the most haunted of houses.

There are different reasons why your paranormal photographs turn out to be good or not so good:

-The weather-for instance, stormy weather seems to attract more spirits, etc,
-You need to use a flash when photographing old mirrors. Otherwise, most of the time, nothing significant will show up.
-The photographer needs to be in a good frame of mind.
-Sometimes, spirits hide, which makes capturing them on camera impossible.
-Usually, taking plenty of pictures insures success in getting paranormal photos.
-Sometimes you get paranormal photos when you're least thinking about them. It's best not to try too hard. 

For example, I was just taking a picture of this lovely country road in Mississippi when the large moving orb was picked up on camera. Wow! Love it!

Now, you might want to try your own paranormal photography skills which can be quite an adventure!

There's plenty to do the next couple of weeks Halloween-wise-visiting haunted houses, forests, etc. (fake and real), trick-or-treating, attending Halloween parties, or even hosting a party of your own!

You might want to head to The Myrtles Plantation in the deep South where you possibly could see or hear something supernatural like some of  the workers and some of the visitors have. If you're brave enough, you could even spend the night there! Find out about the legend of Chloe, and get a paranormal Chloe postcard like Greg and I did! Great inexpensive souvenir!

Anyway, whatever you choose to do this Halloween, be safe and have fun!

Thanks for visiting! Until, Saturday, November 17, 2018, Becky

Saturday, September 15, 2018

"Haunted Franklin Tour"


A few days ago, Greg and I went on one of the several "Franklin on Foot" tours. Ours was the "Haunted Franklin Tour" which was fantastic! We got a private tour with our entertaining and informative guide, Alicia.

She took us to several places that are on the regular tour-

In the above photo, Alicia is telling us about this Franklin restaurant,"Biscuit Love," and it's haunted history. The paranormal activity has subsided since a certain item has been removed from this place, but not entirely, as you can see upon closer examination. Notice the small orbs which show up against the gray part of the building.

Most of the time, the ghost tours are on the outside of the buildings in Franklin, but we got to peek in a couple of windows and take pictures, which resulted in some of our best spirit photos.

This is the interior of Eaton House in which there is ectoplasm galore-on the ceiling, on the back of the desk, in the doorway, on the side of the picture frame, and on the arm of the seat. There is also some glowing ectoplasm on the stairway banister.

I took four pictures of this same room from the same angle, but no two are alike since the ectoplasmic formations are all different.

Greg and I also got to take pictures through the glass at "Shuff's Music." We photographed the mirror which is inside "Shuff's."

Look at all of the orb activity in this photo that Greg took of the mirror! Amazing!

Mine is very similar to Greg's, but it even looks like a ghostly image on the stairway in this one.

The outside of "Shuff's" shows spirit activity as well.

Just look at the obvious orbs in this photo, as well as the less obvious ones.

"Shuff's" was the place that Greg and I requested to go on the tour since we knew that it was very haunted. We had been there a few weeks before on our own during the daytime when I got some ectoplasm in a photo that I took of this side of the building.without even using a flash.

In fact, Alicia said that this area where "Shuff's" is located, on 3rd Ave. N., is the most haunted block of the most haunted street in the South! We believe it!

Of all of the photos that Greg and I took on this tour, we got paranormal activity in about two-thirds of them!

Franklin, Tennessee is one of the most haunted places we have ever visited, and the ghost tour is a must for those who are interested in the paranormal.

Our advice in a word is, "Go!" (If you dare!)


Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, October 20, 2018, Becky

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Mini Blog Post-Haunted Franklin, Tennessee


This is a mini blog post about historic Franklin, Tennessee which I believe is very haunted from the pictures I've taken in the past.

Here is an example photograph to illustrate what I mean-

This is a photo of the old courthouse in Franklin which I took while visiting a couple of weeks ago. There are some reflections in the windows from the sky, but, the extreme upper left-hand window looks really strange. It even looks like there is snow and ice on the tree limb near that window. There is ectoplasm in other parts of the photo as you can see.

I'm not the only one who believes that Franklin is haunted since there is actually a ghost tour of Franklin. Greg and I plan to go on that tour in a week or two, and I'll share that experience with you on this "Spirit Photographs" blog next month.

We hope to get lots of interesting photos!

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, September 15, 2018, Becky

Saturday, July 21, 2018

We Spent the Night at "The (Haunted) Inn at Wise."


As you may know, I have two blogs. Besides "Spirit Photographs," I also have "The Art of Positive Living" blog ( ) which I write and publish the first Sunday of each month unless otherwise stated.

My last blog post, "An Artistic Celebration," on 7/9/18 was about a trip to Southwest Virginia which Greg and I took a couple of weeks ago. On that post, I mentioned that we spent the night at the historic "The Inn at Wise" (which I highly recommend to everyone). For those who are intrigued by the paranormal, I think that you would love this place for it seems to be very haunted!

We arrived at the inn in the wee hours of the morning which is prime time for things that go bump in the night.

Right after we got there, I could hardly wait to start taking pictures because I had heard that this inn was haunted.

Just look at the large orbs,etc. that manifested in this photo! 

This is an old inn, and with so many people spending the night here, throughout the years, many things can happen. And it's the same for other inns, hotels, etc. Maybe a spirit liked a place so much in life, that he decided to go back there after death. Of course, tragedies like murders, etc. can occur in some of these places which can trap a spirit or ghost, hence, a place can become haunted.

I also took some pictures inside the old inn.

I took this photo (above) of a common room which is probably used for relaxing, playing games, etc. I had very little idea of what this room looked like before I took the picture since it was in semi-darkness.

I'm glad I did take this photograph since there seems to be quite a bit of ectoplasm here, some of which is very bright which is a hallmark of some ectoplasm.

It's not just my opinion that this inn is haunted, since the people that run the inn say that at least one room has some supernatural things going on in it!

It's room number 337!

There's a plaque on the wall near the door that says, "Room 337 has provided sanctuary to many. One was Lois Tracy who painted here.* Another was fictional journalist Henry Jernigan from Sharyn Mc Crumb's novel 'The Devil Amongst the Lawyers.'"

We didn't know about this haunted room until we got there, and we'd already booked another room. Too bad, maybe next time! Of course, if you'd like to go and try out that room yourself...! Please email me and let me know how it went. Good luck!


*My grandmother actually took art from Mrs. Tracy many years ago. Also, when I was growing up, my family and I spent the night at an old inn in Asheville, North Carolina that Mrs. Tracy either owned or managed. Bet that inn was haunted as well!

If you liked this blog post, you might enjoy my paranormal book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind." Please see the widget above to order from Amazon. Thank you!

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, August 18 (the third Saturday of the month unless otherwise stated), 2018, Becky

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Sending Love from Beyond the Grave?


I have a really interesting photo to show you today! This is not one of mine or one of Greg's; it's one that my brother sent me, and it is, as you might guess, PARANORMAL!

A few weeks ago, we were having a little email chat, and on one of those emails that Nick sent was the photo below-

This is a photograph of the old house where Nick and I grew up in Southwest Virginia. Nick was visiting the area so he drove by and snapped this great picture.

I started wondering if there was anything paranormal about this photograph, so I enlarged and studied it. Sure, enough, it didn't take long to find something very unique, very strange in this photo.

In this close-up, notice the glowing white heart on the door! The heart was not something hanging on the door, and it's nothing to do with the curtain. The reason I know this for a fact is that he also (thankfully!) sent me another photo which was taken directly in front of the house, and no heart was there! (However, some ectoplasm did show up in a couple of the windows.)

I told Nick that I thought the heart was sent by the spirits of Mama and Daddy to show their love. Of course, they used to live there, and probably still visit from time to time. (Or maybe they still live there!)

I know for a fact that this house is haunted. I wrote about it in my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" which is now available either in paperback or as a Kindle download on Amazon. Please see the widget with a picture of my book (above) to order.

Most of the paranormal photos in my book (over 100!) were taken by my husband, Greg, and me (Becky Arnott). Also, Nick has a photo in my book, the regionally famous June Tolliver House ghost photo which is really spooky! See what you think is in the window!

On the outside of a haunted house, most of the time, ghosts and other types of ectoplasm often show up either on the doors or in the windows.

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, July 21, 2018, Becky

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A New Blog Post, Another Paranormal Photo!


During the last few weeks since my last blog post, I have gotten ectoplasm in a few of my photos, one of which I'm publishing today.

A few days ago, I was in Franklin, Tennessee when I decided to take a picture of  this neat display of flowers with bandannas on the outside of this restaurant. As usual, I wasn't even thinking about taking a paranormal photo. (Unless I'm in an obviously haunted place like Octagon Hall!) (For more info on Octagon Hall, please see my last blog post on 4/21/18, "Octagon Hall, Franklin, Kentucky.")

I took this photo late in the day, and the sun was not shining much at all. Notice the fog-like ectoplasm around the lamps and especially on the brick building next door.

This type of ectoplasm (above) is typical of other photos with ectoplasm that I've taken in Franklin in the past.

For example, here's the photo (above) which I took last October with the same type of fog-like ectoplasm as in the previous photo.

However, notice the different kind of ectoplasm, moving orbs, in front of the picture on the right-hand side of the wall in the close-up of my husband Greg's photo at Octagon Hall-

Several of these really bright, white moving orbs were in many of our Octagon Hall photos as well as the usual, more common fog-like ectoplasm as in the first two photos on this blog post.

You never know what to expect when taking paranormal photos which makes paranormal photography so fascinating!

As I said in my Octagon Hall blog post, that place is really haunted! Also, I might add, so is historic Franklin, Tennessee! The buildings there are really old which makes them more likely to have ghosts, spirits.

Did you know that Carnton Mansion in Franklin is considered to be the most haunted house in Tennessee!

Greg and I would love to go on the ghost tours in Franklin which got an excellent rating on TripAdvisor.


 Also, for many more (over 100!) paranormal photos, check out my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" which is now available either in paperback or as a kindle download on Amazon. The book contains spirit photographs which Greg, my brother, Nick, a few other people, and I have taken.

The link to my book is:

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, June 16, Becky

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Octagon Hall, Franklin, Kentucky


This is a very special blog post about a very special place in Franklin, Kentucky, Octagon Hall. It is steeped in Civil War history, and it is also very haunted!

Octagon Hall

According to the Octagon Hall brochure, "It has been featured on A&E, Travel Channel, Syfy Channel, History Channel, and others." Also, it "has been visited by over 250 Paranormal Teams." The popular "Ghost Hunters" television show featured Octagon Hall during season 9.

The reason that Octagon Hall is so haunted is because of tragedies that happened to the Caldwell family that once lived there. It's also haunted because of the slaves that lived on the property. In addition, Octagon Hall has ties to the Civil War. Some soldiers even died there.

I must say that it is one of the most haunted places that Greg and I have ever visited, and we have plenty of paranormal photos to prove it! Over half of the photos that we took there have a least some ectoplasm in them.

Here's one of the first photos I took on our tour featuring our guide, Debra-

We knew we'd be successful getting more paranormal photos that day at Octagon Hall after I captured this large orb on camera.

Debra told us some very interesting stories about the house including the fact that the piano in that very room (above) was haunted.

We also found out that there are different entities that come and go as well as the regulars like Mary Elizabeth, a young girl who tragically died when her clothes caught on fire at the fireplace in the basement kitchen.

Notice the ectoplasm in the upper part of the photo. There is also some ectoplasm on the wall beside the fireplace. I couldn't believe it when I saw a YouTube video of this same room that had some ectoplasm similar to mine.

We were told that a small boy, who fell down the stairs and died, haunts this place. We aren't sure if these are the steps, but nevertheless, there's a large orb on this stairway.

Greg and I had about the same number of paranormal photographs of this place, and here are a couple of Greg's-

Notice the white glowing ectoplasm in the picture hanging on the wall on the right.

These costumed figures add to the creepiness of this place, and I believe they help attract the spirits that are there.

I cropped off Greg's photo to better show the ectoplasm that is on this figure. Notice the white ectoplasm on his body, and also right above the boot. As I was researching more today to write this blog post, I found out from a video that one Confederate soldier who had been with General Morgan's group had been wounded in the foot. He died from his wound in that house after he took off his boot. Could the ectoplasm in this photo be related to that? When I first saw the photo, I thought it was strange that ectoplasm showed up near the boot like that. Might the Confederate soldier ghost be attached to this figure?

This is Billy Byrd, the Director of Octagon Hall. He has been there for 18 years.

Barry (Bear) Gaunt is a volunteer who is there quite a bit. He has a paranormal research group, "Night Stalkers" that investigates "Hauntings, UFO's, Abductions, and Strange Creatures" according to his business card. See for more info.

Barry said that whole area for miles around had a lot of paranormal activity because it's on the 37th parallel.

The three people I featured today on this blog were very hospitable and knowledgeable, and they have seen and heard a lot, especially at Octagon Hall. They do have stories to tell about all types of paranormal phenomena there. Besides ectoplasm showing up in photos and videos, they have also seen shadowy figures and have heard voices and strange noises both inside and outside of the house.

It even looks scary on the grounds of Octagon Hall! Notice the orb in the lower right side of this photo.

If you enjoy history or the paranormal, you'd love this place.

You could take a tour like Greg and I did, or you could even go on an Octagon Hall ghost hunt with Syfy's "Ghost Hunters," Steve Gonsalves, Dave Tango, and Bruce Tango on May 26, 2018, if there's still room. Should be very entertaining for those who are brave enough!


For more of Greg's and my paranormal photos, you might enjoy my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" which is now available either in paperback or as a kindle download on Amazon.

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, May 19, 2018, Becky

Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Old Doctor's Haunted House, Revisited


In my last "Spirit Photographs" blog post that I published on 2/17/18 entitled "Paranormal Photos, One Real and One Not Real!" I told about how a little ghost boy that I saw was not real.

However, since I wrote that post, I revisited the same old doctor's house, and from the last photo I took, I have concluded that it is indeed haunted! Of course, I haven't gotten to go into the house to take any photos since it is a private residence, but I feel sure that Greg and I would get several paranormal photos if we were allowed to go inside.

 The Old Doctor's House

Orbs and ectoplasm abound in this photo; they are on the house, on some of the windows, on the front door, on the rock wall, etc. Some of the orbs and ectoplasm are white and others are in color. Most of them have come in on sunbeams like psychic Elaine Watson explained in my paranormal book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind."

If we ever have a chance to go into the house to photograph it, I will write about it here on this blog. Our best chance to go in to take photos would be whenever the people living there move out. That could be soon because no one ever lives in that house for very long. Wonder why!

"Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" is now available either in paperback or as a kindle download on Amazon. There are over 100 paranormal photographs in the book that I and other people, including my husband, Greg and my brother, Nick have taken. One of those photographs is the famous June Tolliver House ghost photo.

The Amazon link to my book is:

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, April 21, 2018, Becky

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Paranormal Photos, One Real and One Not Real!


I take a lot of pictures because I love photography, and because I also sell downloads of my photos on iStock which is a part of Getty Images.

When I take pictures, 95% of the time, I don't even think about, or try to take paranormal photos. Fairly often, however, I do get strange images in my photos which I can't always explain.

One day, a few years ago, I noticed that I had so many paranormal photographs that I decided to write a book about them. The book I wrote is entitled "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" which is now available either in paperback or as a kindle download on Amazon. There are over 100 paranormal photographs in the book that I and other people, including my husband and brother, have taken.

You might want to check it out:

A couple of weeks ago, my husband Greg, and I were in town, trying to find a building to meet someone we know, so we went up a street that we don't normally drive on. I looked up and saw an old white house, and I asked Greg if that was where an old doctor used to live (It was also his clinic.), and Greg said it was.

We learned during a ghost tour a few years ago that the house was very haunted. After the doctor moved out or died, the house was sold. The house has changed hands several times since no one lives there very long.

This was one of the few times that I decided to hurriedly take some pictures as we were driving along, to see if I could get anything paranormal.

Later, after we got back home, I decided to look at the photos I'd hastily taken. I examined them closely, especially around the windows, since that's where spirits show up in houses so much of the time. If the spirits were there, I couldn't see them since all but a couple of windows were covered by curtains or blinds.

Then, I noticed a weird figure of a little boy sitting on something like a stool in the front yard. It looked as though you could even see through his legs. Scary!

Anyway, a couple of days later, I got brave and decided to revisit this old house to take more pictures, to see if I could again spot the little ghost boy.

Much to my surprise, the ghost was actually a little yard statue! It had looked so real that it had fooled me, and everyone that I'd shown it to had thought it was real, too! (His legs had looked transparent because the boots he was wearing blended in with the color of the background.)

However, there are at least three real apparitions in my paranormal book including the famous June Tolliver House ghost photo which my brother, Nick, took. Apparitions are rare, but when conditions are right, they can appear. You're really lucky if you can capture them on camera.

This was just not one of those times.

However, my next photo is very real! There are no apparitions, but the photo is a real mystery!

Greg and I love going to parks, so on a rare warm winter day a few weeks ago, we decided to visit a nearby park.

This time of year, there's not really a whole lot to photograph, but as I walked by the river, I thought that I might get a good shot that I could use on iStock.

Instead, I decided that the photo was more suitable for this "Spirit Photographs" blog! Here it is-

Notice the lavender-colored ectoplasm on the trees, and even stranger is the cluster of tiny colored balls just above and to the right of the river. I have no idea what these represent, but I need to find a psychic to explain these to me. The only other time I've noticed this phenomenon was in a photo that I featured in my 11/18/17 blog post entitled, "A Haunted Fall Festival."

Life is mysterious, but I'll be right here, the third Saturday of every month, with my "Spirit Photographs" blog so we can explore and try to solve these supernatural mysteries together!

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, March 17, 2018, Becky

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The "Marfa Lights"


This blog post features an intriguing phenomenon that you may or may not have heard about, the "Marfa lights."

The Marfa lights are mysterious colorful glowing moving lights that can be seen near the town of Marfa, Texas. The reason they are so mysterious is because no one knows exactly what they are. They have also been called "ghost lights," but some people think they might be UFOs or simply something as mundane as car lights. They were first reported in the 1800s.

I first became aware of the Marfa lights a couple of years ago when I watched a television show which featured them. I thought the lights were fascinating. In fact, I wish I could see them with my own eyes, but alas, Greg and I live in Tennessee, not in Texas.

However, I'm not worried, since it appears that the lights have come to us here in Tennessee!

That brings me to a special photo which I took (below) that has mysterious orange spheres that are similar to the ones in Texas. (The Texas ones are often orange, as well as white, red, green, or blue.) I have nicknamed the ones in my photo "The Tennessee Marfa Lights," after their distant cousins in Texas since I immediately thought of the "Marfa lights" when I saw this photo.

Just like the lights in Texas, these, too, are mysterious. At first, I thought they might be orbs, but they don't really look like the usual orbs. They might just be a form of ectoplasm. If there are any psychics out there reading this post, please let me know what you think these balls are, and why they are there. If you do, I'll publish your answer on this blog.

I have a gift of being able to take paranormal photos, but as far as interpreting them, I can only guess. I leave that to the psychics who give readings.

If you'd like to see photos of the "Marfa lights," just do an Internet search for the lights. They are also on Youtube.

For more about the paranormal, check out my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind," which is now available in paperback or as a kindle download on Amazon.

Thanks for visiting! Until Saturday, February 17, 2018, Becky