Sometimes you’re just looking for that extra special something that sets your travels apart from other typical adventures. Here are a few things to look out for next you’re traveling the world, or maybe just sitting in your back yard. At first you probably won’t believe your eyes, but don’t worry, you’re not losing your sanity. All of these visions can be explained.
If you suddenly see a tall object beaming with light on top, don’t be fooled, it’s probably not god trying to tell you something. Throughout history, there are accounts of people, such as Julius Caesar, seeing this vision and interpreting it as divine intervention trying to direct them. The truth is, during stormy weather, there is sometimes an electrical charge built up in storm clouds that is released when tall objects direct the discharged electricity to ground. Sailors call this effect Saint Elmo’s Fire. Back in the day they were frequent observers of this vision because storms at sea would often cause this effect on ship masts.They named the effect after St. Elmo as he was the protector of sailors. Now, this effect is more commonly seen atop Edinburgh’s Castle Rock.
If you truly want to feel in the presence of the omnipotent, you first need to climb to the top of a mountain peak. This is where people have claimed they see their shadows surrounded by halos of light. The effect is caused when moist air meets the shallow rays of a setting sun. The effect is most often called Broken Spectre, named after the tallest peak in the Harz Mountains, between Germany and Saxony, where many have witnessed their own angel-like auras.
Optical Illusions at Mt. St. Helens
When Mount St. Helens erupted, literally blowing its top in 1980, the blast destroyed surrounding conifer forests. Now, over 30 years later, growth is beginning to sprout on new conifer trees and creates a sort of optical illusion to the human eye. It’s a startling effect to observe in a land that was once dead and barren.
Unknown forces in Ladakh, India
Outside of Ladakh, a village near the border between India and Tibet, there is a hill that locals refer to as gravity hill. This is because when cars are left un-manned and out of gear they tend to roll up hill. Why? It’s not because of creepy or sinister forces. The hill is actually sloped downhill but surrounding landscapes mislead onlookers, creating a type of optical illusion.