Photographer's Note

Absaraka Methodist Church

A mysterious luminous cross forms inside this deserted church. Witnesses describe it as "a big light in the sign of the cross." The phenomenon was first noticed after new windows were installed in 1953. The glowing cross appeared several nights in a row in November 1987 and was seen by dozens of people, who came from miles around to observe it. The church was built in 1888 and has been closed since 1983, though it opened for a centennial celebration in 1988.

Although the effect seems to be caused by the refraction of light through the frost windows, many people admit to being deeply moved by the light. I personally saw this glowing cross when I was younger, a group of us kids drove out here after hearing the urban legend (or so we thought). It was quite moving to say the least...

It was also the subject of a lot of vandalism back in the day, so it is now boarded up tight and locked. Trespassers beware, Absaraka’s residents are now quite vigilant with regard to this church and unannounced visitors. (As you can see I went late at night)

This one has a 2m 15s exposure, just long enough to see the cosmos spinning a bit if you look closely at the star trails on the edges of the photo.

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