Halloween 2012 in Inverness Scotland.
Yesterday was Halloween so its surprising that this morning I already have images on Dreamstime.
It came about because Highland Council arranged entertainment on Ness Islands for the evenings on Friday and Saturday 26th and 27th October. This was a brave decision because at this time of year, the islands situated in the middle of the River Ness can be flooded and / or underwater. The illuminated islands are reached by a bridge across the river and have many large trees. The tradition of Halloween goes back to the Pagan holiday of Samhain. This was replaced by All Saints Day also known as the Day of the dead.
Many Wiccans and modern Pagans celebrate the day of the dead. It is the day the souls of dead people come back to Earth.
Here are a few of the images I took using my Nikon D700 with off camera flash. Capturing the pictures is challenging with the participants constantly moving outside and in dark areas under trees. The answer is of course to take lots of images and to analyse them , as usual, at 100%. If you cannot see the eyelashes in an image bucket it. Here is a zombie girl
Next a woman victim and a dying rat !
A woman who said she died of an accident in the kitchen.......... an unlikely tale as it appears to be a sword which has penetrated her body !
A woman playing a flute-like instrument recalls the Pied Piper of Hamlin and the rats !
Further images of a real witch [ acrobat ] flying through the trees and one of Count Dracula's brother are in my pending files.
I want to say thank you to Gerry Reynolds of Highland Council for now, annually, creating an Halloween event......... good for the local population and for tourists and tourism. Its certainly a challenge to photographers though the trees on Ness Islands kept the camera dry despite the drizzle on the 27th October.
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Photo credits: David Watmough.