The Unfathomable Human Mind: Part One

Cottingley Fairies photographed by Elsie Wright 1917

In the Firestorm series, Jazz walks a fine line of friendship between Davy, who believes in science, and Blossom, who stretches the imagination into the magical unknown. If Blossom has no superhuman ability, could she have extrasensory skills similar to those demonstrated in the animal kingdom? Bees seek shelter before it rains. Cows lie down, and this alerts the farmer of a powerful storm to come. Animals flee a city days before an earthquake. Some animals seem able to predict death.

But what happens when the mind plays tricks on us or the eyes and ears deceive? Would what we hope to see and hear become our reality?

In 1917 two young cousins, Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths photographed “fairies” in the woods around their grandmother’s house. Over several years, Elsie’s mother and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle convinced many of the photographs’ authenticity. Reputable organizations, including Kodak, added to the confusion by stating that the pictures had not been manipulated but were not evidence of fairy existence. In the 1980s, Elsie and Frances admitted the fairies were merely cut-outs from a popular book of the time. Obviously, early photography lacked clarity, and adults didn’t buy the children’s book to see the hoax for themselves. Plus, magazine editors who ran these stories must have been in dire need of readership.

Or did the world need a diversion, something to focus on instead of the actual reality?

Would you have a difficult time walking across this painted on the sidewalk?

 Photo by Lukas Rodriguez from Pexels

What if I told you an alligator strolled into my Tennessee backyard after an ice storm, and I have a picture to prove it?

Photo by C. L. Giles 2021

Photography has improved from 1917 to 2021, but have human minds changed at all?

Published by C. L. Giles

Author of the upper middle-grade/young adult novel, A Reason To Forget: Training Games, Book 1 in the Firestorm series.

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