A few posts ago, I mused on the word haunt. In keeping with that theme, here are some photo manipulations* of houses in Bellingham that were meant to convey a haunting mood. Of course, whether they succeed or not is up to you to decide!

Forest Street CastleThis first image is of a house very near where I used to live. Though I didn’t know it when I lived there, the house is the Alfred L. Black house and was built in 1903.  The house is huge and looks like one of those old homes that have lots of cool nooks and crannies. 

Another, even larger house not far away is called Wardner’s Castle. When I first moved to Bellingham, the place was a Bed & Breakfast, but later it was put up for sale.

Walden Castle from below

Bellingham Daily Photo has some pictures along with links to more information on this interesting house. The house is supposedly haunted. If you follow the link, you can read about the third floor mural that, from the pictures, looks rather spooky, but has since been painted over.

I found a sort of tribute to the mural artist posted by a fellow artist who loved her. And here’s another site about the mural and the artist. (Note: My firewall warned me that the site had been reported as malicious, but I opened it and — so far at least — my computer hasn’t exploded.)

Here is another picture taken from a slightly different spot and, of course, edited differently.
Walden Castle with sky

Finally, we have the Gamwell House. I used to walk by this house often and it is one of my favorites. I was lucky enough to tour the inside and see some of the ornate woodwork. It’s just a really cool-looking house.
Gamwell House b&w

Here’s another version. (Have I mentioned I can be indecisive? That’s a trick question — I know I have!) In this picture, I added the sky and lightning backdrop.

Gamwell House with lightning backdrop

If you have any photos you find haunting, I’d like to see them!


* I talked about photo manipulation in an early post. All of these photos were taken by me, except for the lightning in the last Gamwell photo, which came from mjw on stock.xchng. In case you’re interested, I use a Nikon D50 digital SLR camera, and Photoshop CS4.

Photo manipulation — Haunted houses
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