Posts Tagged ‘nature’

The Aurora Borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, is a fascinating natural occurrence that has people travelling from all over the world to try and catch a glimpse. Most often the best country appears to be Norway however with the right night’s sky views they can be seen in other countries fairly clearly too.

Cruises for Norway can also be booked and thanks to websites you can sign up for alerts to tell you when they can be seen, or even if they are going to be seen in areas as far reaching as Scotland and sometimes parts of England.

Electrically charged particles from the sun, caught in the earth’s magnetism that slowly filter down and collide with oxygen particles that make them glow. Solar flares produce more of these events and the largest Aurora was recorded 2nd September 1859, it also coincided with magnetic and electrical storms.

I could go on and on about how stunning they are but instead, if you have been you can tell us here in the comments!


James Berry (1851 – 1913) served as an executioner from 1884 up until 1891. He was an alcoholic and 13th February 1904 was set to be the last day on earth for Berry, he set off to commit suicide. This then became the very last thing on his mind as he read about mysterious lights appearing during a religious revival at Barmouth. He then got into a conversation with a stranger, who was an evangelical Christian, and following this set out on a new path as a preacher.

The report may have been similar (or even this one) by the Daily Mirror who reported how it shone like a carriage-lamp and as he got closer the light changed into a bar of intense blue light. Those on the other side of the light did not report this change as they watched it.

These lights are associated to the same thing as Earth Lights. The lights in Barmouth are hypothesised to be a geological phenomenon. It was found that the lights were not reported after that time and they had indeed occurred shortly after an earthquake (a local one that was most likely very minor but I haven’t been able to confirm this). The curious thing I have found about earth lights in the readings I have mustered the time to make (and I wish I had more) is that there are so many varied reasons about them and they can range from UFO, ghost to natural phenomenon.

James Berry may well have read about a very natural event but the one thing it did do was save his life.

Link to an article about this on Fortean Times.

Mount Everest.

Sunday People – 18th January 1976, a report ran to say a ghostly “third man” helped Dougal Haston and Doug Scott in the last stages of their climb. Dr Charles Clark the medical officer for the British team last September revealed that remarkable claim.

In the harsh conditions and thin air they felt a comforting presence at their side. They survived a horrific night just under the 29,002 summit with no food and problems with their oxygen supply.

Doug Scott, at home in Nottingham, explained a comforting presence to his left. The presence followed them into their snow-hole and Dougal was found to be speaking to someone.

22nd October 1978, the Sunday People ran a second report about Nick Estcart who claimed to have seen a figure 200 yards behind him, again on Everest. The figure vanished as he came to Camp Five where no one else could have been there.

A strange case though I do not believe necessarily a case of UFO’s or strange monsters but that I believe is up to you. However it does have a lot of questions down to the evidence they found on both the bodies and the scene in the area.

The tragedy resulted in the death of 9 skiers on February 2nd 1959. They were on the East Shoulder of Kholat Syakhl, the Mansi translation means Mountain of the Dead. The leader was Igor Dyatlov and this is where the re-name comes from. The area was banned for three years afterwards and the full chronology of the events are unclear as there were no survivors.

The hikers were determined to have tore open their tents from within, with barefoot victims in snow with temperature’s of -30 degrees Celsius.     The corpses showed no signs of struggles but two victims had fractured skulls, two with broken ribs and one missing her tongue. Tested clothing also showed signs of radioactivity.

Their goal was to reach Otorten mountain, and one of the members turned back due to illness, the ten person team became nine. Diaries and Camera’s make some movements traceable, they recorded on the 1st February they planned to get over the pass and make a camp on he opposite side.

The weather had become too severe for this to happen, they may have lost direction which is how they ended up on the west, upwards to the top of Kholat Syakhl, they they realised the error they stopped to make camp on the slope. When no telegraph from the group came in as expected a search team was put together.

26th February they found an abandoned and badly damaged tent, they were able to follow footprints from the camp to the edge of nearby woods but the tracks soon stopped due to snow.  Two bodies were found under a cedar tree with no shoes and dressed only in their underwear. Three more were then found between the cedar and the camp, they seemed to have died in a position suggesting they attempted to return to the camp.   On May 4th the remaining four bodies were found under four meters of snow, in a ravine.

The Medical Examination showed no clear cause of death and so concluded it was mostly likely Hypothermia. The four later bodies changed that view when they found that one had major skull damage, and two had major chest fractures, the force was comparable to a car crash and yet the bodies had no external show of injury.

It was suggested they might have suffered an attack from the Mansi people unhappy with them in the area, the nature of their deaths did not support this. The nature of paradoxial undressing in hypothermia could however explain some of the deaths but not all.

In the end the verdict was death of a “compelling unknown force”. The official inquest ended in May 1959 but the records were only made available in 1990’s and with parts missing.

Another strange occurrence that night was that another group of hikers around 50km south, reported seeing strange orange spheres in the sky (presumably about that area too). Further sightings were reported between Feb and March of 1959. They were later said to be launches of th R-7 intercontinental missiles of Eugene Buyanov.

A very good detail on the case


A large reservoir in Derbyshire, the area is already a popular tourist spot, built between 1935 and 1943, and then took a further two yours to fill in. In 1939 the firms involved encountered problems due to the second world war breaking out.

Ashton Village was pretty much demolished before the buildings of Derwent were flooded too. The Derwent buildings, woodlands church and hall were all flooded. 14 years ago there were clear views of the flooded village thanks to a summer drought.

1947 unfortunately saw the end of the churches clocktower, the upper part had been visible above the water and was seen as a hazard and so demolished with explosives.

Lady Bower Reservoir was also used as a testing ground for bombers in the second world war, the area is littered with remains of the planes from various crashes and some sightings suggest the flights may even continue as ghostly reruns.

A plane, most likely Lancaster Bomber, has been reported several times and one witness reported a suspected crash as they saw a plane turn into a giant fireball. The plane could be Vicky the Vicious Virgin who crashed during a routine flight on the 18th May 1945 killing all 6 of her crew.