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Date: Mon, 13 Dec 2004 13:43:56 EST
over nation's capital?
Hanukkah mystery: Eerie blue images caught on camera at menorah lighting
WASHINGTON – Was it a bird? Was it a plane? Was it a sign from heaven?
That's what Carrie Devorah wants to know after she inadvertently photographed
some mysterious blue light images hovering heavenward while taking pictures
of the lighting of the Chabad menorah on the first night of Hanukkah last
night on the Ellipse in the nation's capital.
"I took this shot as I was walking to get into place," she said. "For those
of you who know D.C., you will recognize the two red lights to the left as
being from the Washington Monument. And you will know there is no building that
tall to the right of the menorah where the two blue images are."
Are they lens refractions? Are they planes from National Airport? Devorah
"I was fascinated by the stage light silhouetting the menorah," the
photographer explained. "So I walked as close as I could – shot with my wide angle
lens. ... I noticed the blue images when I returned home."
Devorah says she took three photographs in sequence and the blue images – the
mystery lights – are ascending in the sequence.
Devorah was in the news last spring when her brother Chezi was killed in a
terrorist bus bombing in Israel.
Still feeling the loss, Devorah takes comfort from the mysterious lights.
"Messiah? A sign? Blue angels?" she asks rhetorically. "All I know is it was
fortuitous on a day I was needing to see ... one set of footsteps in the
sand, a sign I am being carried away."