Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Almasty Research Videos

I found some great videos on You-tube about expeditions in the Caucasus in Russia searching for Almasty. Almas is singular and Almasty is plural (I think). Unfortunately, it is in French and I couldn't understand a word of it. Nevertheless it is worth watching even if you don't understand the language. The people are very expressive in describing their encounters. The scenery is great and there are tracks every where as well a drawings by a very good artist. The visuals are fantastic.It is called "Amasty. Yeti du Caucases". A little background can be had at The German Study Group of Sub-Human Primates so you won't be completely lost. It is in English.
Also a little background on Marie-Jean Koffman (Russia's Almasty Lady) can be found Here and Here.
Episode 1
Episode 2
Episode 3

William Mayes

Monday, June 29, 2009

High vs Low Tech

I have a digital camera right in front of me. If a Bigfoot walked in front of me, by the time I powered it up and got it set for the lighting, pressed the button (after which there is a slight delay) I would be very lucky to get small blob in the distance. Most likely I would get nothing.
Roger Patterson had a 16 mm movie camera in his saddle bag, wound up and ready to go. He had the presence of mind to grab it when his horse reared and threw him off. He hit the ground running taking pictures as he went. If it had been a digital camera, he would never have gotten the great shot of a bigfoot turning to look directly at him.
My advice to bigfoot hunters: get a good film camera. High tech ain't all it's cracked up to be and is the number one reason we don't have any good photos of Sasquatch.
William Mayes

Sunday, June 28, 2009

About the Patterson-Gimlin film

There were two witnesses to the filming of the Patterson-Gimlin film: Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin. Roger Patterson is dead. He died from leukemia. He went to his death claiming that his film was real. He spent his hard earned money trying to get science to accept the validity of his film. This was money he could have used for treatments that might have prolonged his life. He would not have done that if the film were a hoax.
Bob Gimlin is still alive. He is a deeply religious man who believes that lying is a sin. He will tell you that the creature is real and there is no way it could have been falsified. I believe him. I have seen the film and I know it must be real.
The trouble with people who think that it was a hoax is that they just do not want to bother checking the facts. There have been a lot of people claiming to prove that the film was a hoax, but they have always failed.
I'm an old man, I've seen a lot of movies with ape-suits in them, from the original 'King Kong' to John Chambers' ape-suits in 'Planet of the Apes'. I have never seen one that would really look real outside of the theater.
I realize there are some people that can't seem to tell the difference between a real ape and an ape suit. I was at a circus one day when what looked like an ape got loose in the stands. I could see immediately that it was a man in an ape-suit. Yet hundreds of people jumped up from their seats and began running away. It looked like there was going to be a stampede. Then the man took off his head-piece and the crowd quietened down and returned to their seats. I was amazed that so many people could be fooled so easily.
So it is with the Patterson creature. Some people can tell that it is real and some people can't.
I realize that many, if not most, people are skeptical of Bigfoot and harbor the belief that Bigfooters are silly and gullible people. Or hoaxers. Well, there is no doubt that some are. But not all.
If you have doubts about the Patterson film being real, I have compiled a list of links, Which may convince you of its veracity. Please check them out, You may be surprised at what you will learn.

'Hasn't this all been shown to be a hoax?'
Bill Miller
Patterson Film
History of the Patterson-Gimlin Film

William Mayes

Saturday, June 27, 2009

A new Interpretation Of The Patterson Images

I mentioned in my previous post that we need to re-evaluate the Patterson images in light of the new revelations concerning the appearance of Bigfoot.
Trying to enhance these images only enhances the errors. There is only one tool that can improve these images. The human mind.
What we need is a bright, analytical mind with good physical intuition and artistic talent. By examining the background clutter, he could compensate for the distortions caused by "bleed over"(see the previous post for a definition), moderate the extreme contrast, and add detail that is hinted at in the unrefined image. Unfortunately, Leonardo Da Vinci is no longer with us.
So, the task devolves upon my humble and narrow (metaphorically speaking) shoulders.
And I have risen to the task as the image above shows.
In the upper left hand corner is a cut-out from a frame of the Patterson film to be used for comparison. Note that the so-called "saggital crest" has disappeared in the main image. It and the "horns" on the side of the head are nothing but artifacts produced by distortions caused by the background. I have lightened the cheeks and since there were hints of wrinkles in the original image, I have concluded that the hair there could not be too thick.The forehead is a matter of conjecture, but I went with the flow and decided that the lightness could be the skin showing through.
What think ye of my Masterpiece?
William Mayes

Friday, June 26, 2009

New Insights

David Paulides new book Tribal Bigfoot has some interesting insights concerning bigfoot and the relationship that Native Americans have to these creatures. I highly recommend this book. Check out North American Bigfoot's site for an excellent review by Bobbie Short, who runs Bigfoot Encounters. Harvey Pratt has used his skills as a forensic artist to extract the images of Bigfoot from the descriptions of eye witnesses, mostly Native Americans and the result is perhaps a little surprising to the exponents of the Ape Hypothesis. It seems that most Bigfoot are not as hairy as the Patterson figure was supposed to be, at least around the facial area. As Paulides says, if these people were just inventing these sightings they would most likely try to describe a creature that fits the stereotype. The main stereotype is based on the images in the Patterson film. We have this dark and supposedly hairy creature walking across the scenery. She turns and and looks at Patterson momentarily and then continues on her way. It has always been assumed that this darkness represented hairiness. I don't think it does. I think it is time to reconsider this image in light of these findings.
The film was taken against against a backdrop brightly illuminated by the afternoon sun. The film has apparently been developed to bring this background out clearly, but this leaves the dark figure of the creature underexposed. On top of that, the figure is so small relative to the scene, it is necessary to enlarge the image to a considerable degree. Unfortunately, this degree of enlargement exposes certain anomalies in the photographic and development process. The graininess of the film is obvious. There is also something I call "bleedover". I am not a film expert , so I don't know the technical name for it, I think it is caused by electron flow, but I may be wrong on that. But I do know what it does. It causes dark objects to darken objects near it and light objects to lighten objects. This causes objects(light or dark objects on the film) to seem to move or expand toward each other. This is only noticeable at very great enlargements of a film image, such as the popular images from the patterson film.
To top it all, someone has tampered slightly with the popular frame 352 and it is not a true representation of the original image. I show this clearly in my web album Meet Bigfoot, Which has a link in my last post.
Patty(the popular name of the Patterson figure), is not as hairy as some think, in my opinion.
William Mayes

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tribal Bigfoot

I received my copy of Tribal Bigfoot yesterday and I have gotten about on third of the way through it. I skipped ahead to see Harvey pratt's eyewitness drawings and they are fantastic.
Here is something to occupy your mind while I read the book. Click on the image.

Meet Bigfoot
William Mayes

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Black Death

In the middle of the fourteenth century the Black Plague decimated the populations of Europe. It is estimated that it reduced the population of Europe by one third or more.
I believe that the Hairy forest people were hit much harder than the human population since the plague was carried by fleas and presumably the hairy forest people had fleas. The destruction was close to 100%. Unfortunately, no one was present to record this event for posterity.
The map shows the progress of the plague from 1347 to after 1351.
Notice the large green area on the map in eastern Europe. This is an area that had only minor outbreaks. It is also an area where there are still reports of hairy forest people, the Almas. In the rest of Europe, stories of encounters with these creatures ceased, and eventually people began to lose their belief in them. The ancient folk tales of encounters with these beings degenerated into amusing stories and fables.
If this event had never happened then knowledge of these creatures would be common and all the fairy tales made up by story tellers would probably not exist and Bigfoot would not be called a myth.
William Mayes

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy summer soltice

Partyers stayed up all night last night at Stonehenge to welcome the arrival of the first day of summer.
No one knows Who built Stonehenge or Why. Some believe that it was constructed by followers of a pre-Christian religion called Druidism. But scientists have established that the construction is at least 12,000 years old and predates the Druids. Since the largest stones are lined up to face the direction of the rising sun on the first day of summer, many believe that the construction represents some kind of calendar. It is also believed to be a burial ground since a number of graves have been found on the sight.
A lot of ancient constructions are aligned with the moon or sun.I would just like to mention that in the days before electric or gas lighting, the main illumination was the sun and people built their houses to take advantage of it.
Some believe that giants erected the colossal stones.I rather doubt it.
I believe that giants existed at the time of the construction of Stonehenge, though, because they exist right now. They are the same creatures we know as Bigfoot or Sasquatch.
At one time, it was common knowledge that in the forests and mountains away from human habitations dwelt strange humanlike creatures both large and small. But something happened to them and they went away.
When they disappeared, the memory of them lingered and was distorted into the myths that we now know.
Tomorrow I will explain the tragic event that occurred that caused the disappearance of the Forest Peoples of Europe. So hang in there with me and you will be enlightened.
William Mayes

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Drink This

Drink this and your eyes will be opened


Welcome to the hairygiants blog. This first post is mainly description of my intentions.
Maybe you are not used to the term Hairy Giants. It is a term I use for the creatures known as Sasquatch or Bigfoot. I call them this because I believe that it is more descriptive than Bigfoot and is less whimsical.
I am a true believer, which doesn't mean I have a religious or superstitious faith in these creatures, only that I am convinced at this time that the evidence is real. I realize that most scientists believe that that Bigfoot is a myth. Their belief has no more grounds than mine. In fact, I think it has less, since they do not examine the evidence because they believe it is not worth their effort.
There is a great deal of literature on these creatures and a lot of web sites devoted to some aspect (usually research) of Bigfootery. I have read some of the books and keep track of the main websites.
I will be discussing some of these books and websites from time to time and will post links to some of them.
One book I will probably be discussing will be Tribal Bigfoot by David Paulides. It is just out and I haven't received my copy yet, but I am very much interested in the drawings done by Harvey Pratt, who is a forensic artist. A forensic artist is a person who draws a picture of a criminal or missing person from a witness's verbal description. That is what Harvey has done with witnesses of bigfoot sightings. Paulides previous book, The Hoopa Project had some surprising drawings (to some people) of these creatures.
Other things I will have a lot of is drawings by my favorite artist: me.
Yes, I like to draw and I like to draw the Hairy Giants.
William Mayes

About Me

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I've lived in the woods and came to know and understand the creatures that inhabit it. I have compassion for all God's creatures, most especially the creature known whimsically as "bigfoot", since he is more like us than any other. I am now an old man and unable to run around in the woods. If I were able I would be out there right now trying to prove his existence. I started this blog to try to express some of the ideas and speculations I have had on bigfoot. I am not into bigfoot social events. I don't gossip about other bloggers. I try to keep myself informed of events. My ideas and opinions are my own and I make no apology for them. They are not written in stone and I welcome any and all civil comments. I am looking for the truth, not fame.