Orbs Over Court House
Mono County Courthouse, Bridgeport, CA— built in 1880.
It was warm out on this late July night, but I kept feeling brushes of random chills, which I tried to dismiss— along with the feeling of being watched.
I established this angle because the sprinklers were still running on the other side of the courtyard. After I captured this shot, the sprinklers turned off, so I set up a shot in the center of the courtyard to capture the entire facade at night.
But the silence left behind wasn’t so quiet. I kept hearing this creaking sound— as of a leather belt when twisted tightly. A slow creaking. As if swaying in the wind.
And the feeling that I wasn’t alone intensified. I grabbed the shot, packed up and left.
As I was chatting with a few locals the next morning, they told me this was the 2nd oldest functioning courthouse in California. And then came this quote, which will ring in my head every time I think of the night I captured this image, “They used to hang convicts in the trees in front. If you look at the trees, you can still see the grooves where the ropes were hung.”
When shooting towards light, lens flares are common. But in this case, the only light in the picture was on the flag pole, a small light in the bell tower and the stars.
Who was in that courtyard with me that night?