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The South Carolina State Fair experience can be described in many ways, but you probably won’t hear it called ‘heavenly.’ That is, unless you’re talking to one Columbia family who recently showed off their “sign from above.”On the last Friday of the fair in October, Catherine Austin and her sons were high atop the ferris wheel when they took severl digital photos. It wasn’t until they got home that they noticed something out of this world, something some might call a heavenly host.
“It looks just like an angel,” Catherine says. “It even has a ray of light that comes from the bottom toward the body of the angel and it’s centered right in the middle of the picture – and I believe in angels. It’s just an angel.”
As you can imagine, Catherine has showed the picture to a lot of people, but not everyone sees what she does. – tampabays10
Hi people. Xeno the ghostbuster here. Okay, here is an enhancement just turning down the brightness of the original photo using Photoshop.
A quick look at this photo with some tools shows that it is most likely a ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris).
First we enhance the original photo and we notice very sharply defined wings and a patch of red near the throat. You can also see the distinctive notch in the wing.
The dark head and beak and the dark feathers on the tail make it possible to see the angel shape.
To test my theory, in the adjustments to one photo of a ruby-throated hummingbird below I have simulated the lighting conditions of the “angel” photo.
I believe the results are close enough to say that the best earthly explanation is the hummingbird.