Long time investigators of the paranormal know that reports of UFOs, hauntings or cryptids, such as Bigfoot, go through cycles. When many reports come in from a particular location, that area can be said to be experiencing a cluster of phenomena.
Times of peak activity in such cluster regions are known as flaps. This terminology was developed by John Keel and other researchers who discovered that reports of variant kinds of paranormal activity tend to both cluster and peak together.
Keel and other investigators, such as Berthold Schwarz and Jacques Vallee, have also found that during periods of apparent decline in cluster regions, paranormal activity that continues to be reported often takes on a more complex quality, something which Keel, in particular, found very interesting.
For example, Bigfoot like creatures will suddenly be experienced in areas where ghosts have been reported or poltergeist infestations will explode in areas that have been known for cattle mutilations or UFO reports. Diverse people may claim having similar dreams at about the same time or the same odd strangers will be reported in widely dispersed neighborhoods.
Although many paranormal investigators are most accustomed with this sort of thing in haunting or poltergeist phenomena, it is not unusual for Bigfoot and UFO reports to also change in this fashion. Bigfoot investigators as diverse as Kewaunee Lapseritus and Stacey Brown have reported that consistent exposure to paranormal phenomena seems to change both percipient and the “whatever it is” that’s being experienced. Both Vallee and Keel have said that it’s almost as if a kind of “story” or narrative is unfolding, with some people seemingly at the center of it.
Something similar seems to be happening with Bigfoot experiences in the Hudson Valley. Gayle Beatty, founder of Bigfoot Researchers of the Hudson Valley, shared the group’s most recent experiences and evidence, and it is quite evident that something very interesting in happening at some locations in the Mid-Hudson region.
While overall reports have seemingly declined, the actual experiences of Bigfoot, at least for now, seem to be specifically focusing and clustering around several distinct areas in Dutchess and Columbia counties (NY) and the experiences individuals are having of Bigfoot are taking on a more specifically communicative and even subtle quality.
There seem to be fewer footprints and the more obvious physical traces, with the exception of some rather large and impressive broken tree structures found in Dutchess County, NY.
The photographic evidence is different as well, and features elements similar to paranormal pictures often found at hauntings: i.e. nothing in particular is seen by the photographer or film maker at the time of the taking, but when reviewing images through specific filters, in close up or frame by frame, some interesting effects occur.
Two of the photos in the series above were taken in such a fashion. They show faces or odd blurry features that were not seen by the photographer at the time they were taken but became clear only after the picture was processed. In both instances, previous photos had just been taken of the scene in question and nothing resembling the ‘faces’ was apparent and there was nothing in the foliage that could account for what appeared for a single photo.
One of the more remarkable visual records shows a figure (circled) that suddenly appeared in several frames of a video when there was nothing present before or after. Your author has viewed the original video and the figure doesn’t walk into the frame but literally appears and then disappears.
Even more intriguing, Gayle and her fellow researchers have recently employed some of the electronic equipment used by ghost hunters and managed to record distinct audio phenomena that cannot be attributed to ambient noise or radio wave reception (these instruments don’t pick up on radio frequencies in any case).
They have also recorded intermittent electromagnetic disturbances in the areas where they are recording these audio phenomena. Again, your author has listened to these recordings and they are quite evocative.
These recordings were made in places where unusual tree damage, structures and footprints have also been found. Because of the nature of the equipment, these audio recordings cannot be easily attributed to human pranks.
Gayle indicated that changes in the nature of the contacts, at least for her group, seemed to follow after her decision to take a more spiritual and/or respectful approach to “squatching” activity. Now, prior to entering any wooded area, she and her group put out tobacco offerings and do simple Native blessings to let creatures of the forest know that they are present.
As the evidence for ‘something unknown’ living in Hudson Valley environs continues to accumulate, Gayle and the Bigfoot Researchers are gathering their material for a new presentation at Enchanted Café in the coming months.
Gayle is also working on a Bigfoot ‘field guide’ for children that she hopes will instruct youngsters in the basics of how to recognize if there might be Bigfoot about in their area. She is also planning on expanding the group’s investigation into Ulster County, NY due to recent reports of possible Bigfoot encounters there.
Information and updates about Bigfoot Researchers of the Hudson Valley can be at this link.