Walk in the Hoia forest-part 2

In my previous post, as I was talking about my last trip to the Hoia-Baciu forest, the "Haunted Forest" in the outskirts of Cluj-Napoca (my town). Most readers could think that was just a story.
Well, we use the world "haunted" each time we don't understand thing and science is not able to give an explanation either.

Though it's a very beautiful forest (at first), everything is very unnatural is this place.
Hoia forest
Once inside the Hoia Baciu forest or even traveling near the forest's edge, you have the feeling of being watched behind every tree, a sensation of unexplained anxiety. That's the first thing that happens to everyone and happened to me too, on this beautiful Sunday, when I took these pictures.
The Hoia forest
I just wanted to take some photos, so I entered the forest. The strange things around me like uprooted trees, just amplified the unusual feeling I've described in my previous post.
Of course, it could have been the storm that put these old trees to the ground, though in that case there should be many broken branches and leaves on the ground too.
There is nothing here but three other giant trees downed on my right.
Uprooted tree after stormI was insisting to capture this strange looking mushroom but I was afraid to even look in the viewfinder. I was shooting blind with many other occasions, when I forgot my glasses at home, still with a good result. But not this time, I was not able to take a good shot of the mushrooms, as you can see in the picture.
Strange mushroomsAnd than, here is this animal footprint, just one. I am looking to find the other three but there is none.
At this moment my hands were trembling and all I could think about is to get out of the forest. So, I gave up looking for interesting photo opps.

The Hoia-Baciu forest is the sight of strange paranormal phenomena which have been recorded and researched for nearly 50 years.
Several theories have been promoted to explain the strange things that appear at times: from unusual electromagnetic readings, magnetic anomalies having strange biological effects on plants and vegetation, burns and necrosis of stems and leaves of certain forest areas to a so-called portal to another world.
Trees grow in weird shapes, some have no leaves, not a single spot of green on them.
People have been known to disappear, the wind seems to whisper, strange shadows, mysterious lights and orbs have been seen amongst the trees and in the sky as well, not to mention the burns of the skin, vomiting, irritation, headaches, amplified thirst, anxiety, faint.
Strange shadows, voices, human faces and infra-sound emissions have been recorded. Occurrences that cause the worst fears are curious humanoids that can be seen on tourists' family photos made in the forest.

Last autumn (on sept, 9, 2009), Josh Gates, the host of the reality show "Destination Truth" and his ghost hunter team visited the forest.
In a series of three videos uploaded to Youtube, they pretend to have spent a night in the forest, though nothing proves that they really did that.
The first video of the series is a mockery of the inhabitants of the village named Baciu, containing unrecognizable street scenes for me and for other people from our parts.
This video is preparing the setup for the main scene. By pushing the background and the lifestyle of the population in this area way back in the past they try to emphasize their discoveries, which are none. Nothing that we didn't already know about.
The second video contains the peak of their research during the night spent in the forest but all they have is a few minutes of video footage and no hard evidence or explanation. You can watch a shot Youtube version bellow.

The forest managed to scare off Josh's arrogant smile when the cameraman was knocked to the ground in the so called "round field" by an invisible power. The "round field" is a circular plateau deep in the forest which is devoid of trees but surrounded by dense forest. This place is believed to be a landing spot for UFOs and and scene of the most intense unexplained phenomena ( like ghosts) . These things have been experienced by the local residents for at least five decades.

Dr. Adrian Patrut, president of the Romanian Society of Parapsychology , has been studying occurrences in the forest since the early seventies. He has devoted a good part of his life studying and investigating the paranormal phenomenology of forest.

I would never, ever doubt that these things are really happening and I'm ready to accept explanations coming from scientists or even from mediums but not from ghost hunters (or money hunters). They have no explanation anyway.
Here is a short video with "Destination Truth" team's adventures:

See the first part of the story and see some colorful storm photos in the third part too.


Rosie Nixon Fluerty said...

I've been waiting for this post Maia - I did some checking up on the forest myself after your first post - what an erry place!

Joanne Olivieri said...

Things like this fascinate me and although it is scary, it is something I'd love to experience myself - of course not alone but with a team of people :) Seriously though it seems a bit strange and without any answers even more unusual. I'd love to learn more about it. Great post Maia.

cat said...

Wow that sounds like a very fascinating although scary place.
Thank you for sharing the photos and the story.

Carolyn Ford said...

It sounds slightly scary...but, that light on the trees is absolutely dazzling!

Noel Morata said...


yes that is a a great view and a very interesting story, thanks for sharing your area...

my scenic view is on my plant fanatic site.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for this much needed escape. Please have a nice Sunday.

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