As I Was Going Up the Stair…

Yesterday upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there.


He wasn’t there again today.  Oh, how I wish he’d stay away!

photograph c2013 Naomi Baltuck

This is the first stanza of Antigonish, written in 1899 by Hughes Mearns.  It was inspired by rumors of a ghost roaming the stairs of a haunted house in Antigonish, Novia Scotia.  It inspired a popular Glenn Miller song in 1939, with vocals by Tex Beneke.

Click here for more interpretations of The Weekly Photo Challenge: UP.

Click here for more interpretations of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Stairs and Steps.



  1. Jueseppi B. says:

    This image is so cool.

    1. Thank you, JB! I’ve been saving it for five years–since we happened upon it in a staircase of the Wesleyan Library when we were checking out potential colleges for Eli.

      1. Jueseppi B. says:

        Say hello to all your family for me.
        ♥ ❀ ✿ Namaste ❀ ✿ ♥

  2. Madhu says:

    Brilliant! Am guessing from your tag that this is from Wesleyan university.

    1. Thanks, Madhu. Yes, it was a temporary art exhibit that we were lucky enough to stumble upon–very unexpectedly. With the sun lighting it up from behind, it really was almost like coming upon a ghost.

  3. restlessjo says:

    The photo is extraordinary, Naomi! I really thought you’d captured a ghost. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Jo. For just a minute, I thought so too!

    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate your stopping by, and taking the time to comment.

  4. Missus Tribble says:

    Brilliant photograph – what a lucky find!

    I’ve heard that rhyme since childhood – my Mum used to say it to me as a child. Can’t think where it’s from!

    1. My mom used to say it to me. I loved the photo, and wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to say about it, and then the poem popped into my head! Aren’t we lucky to have had moms who recited poetry for us? Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  5. Tina Schell says:

    Neat! And love the poem 🙂

  6. viveka says:

    Fantastic photo .. have you created the man on the stairs ..???? – I have met a “real ghost” – done a post about my adventure.

    1. Dear Viveka,

      I didn’t create this figure; it was a piece of art made of bubble wrap and left on the stairs to haunt passersby.

      I really enjoyed reading your ghost story. I think some people are more receptive, and therefore more likely to have an encounter. My sister, who I consider a very reliable source, has had two “visitations.” I have never, and I wouldn’t feel bad if I never do.

      1. viveka says:

        .. I thought you had put had put a figure from another photo and put it in the stairs.

        I think there is haunted places .. have seen on TV and we have quite a few homes in Sweden that is haunted.
        Some really badly … noisy and things are pushed over – I wouldn’t stay in home that is so noisy. I think the ghosts only show them to people that they neither feel comfortable or really dislike.

  7. When you meet someone who is not there, is it about your intention or fears? If it was our intention, alternate possibilities would open up. If it was our fears, we would send out negative vibrations to ensure the person is never there!


    1. Dear Shakti,
      Thank you so much for your thoughtful and thought-provoking comment. Really interesting! I appreciate your visit.

  8. Nice work on that image, Naomi. 😀

    1. Thanks, Susan. I was fortunate to be int he right place at the right time, with a camera in hand. Definitely a lucky shot! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  9. niasunset says:

    This is amazing… Fascinated. Thank you, dear Naomi, love, nia

    1. Dear Nia,
      Thank you for your comment. I appreciate your encouragement.

  10. Jamie Dedes says:

    Absolutely charming, Naomi. I love it! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Jamie! All it took was a lucky shot, and a mother who recited poetry to me.

    1. Thanks for the pingback, Becca!

  11. Amazing picture. I LOVE it.

  12. Cee Neuner says:

    Fascinating photo. Thanks so much for your submission, I enjoyed this photo a lot!

    1. Hi Cee,
      Thank you for stopping by, and also for keeping us all on our toes with your photo challenges!

  13. scillagrace says:

    See? Your synthesis as a storyteller is simply astounding. Themes, pictures, concepts, experiences. I enjoy each of your posts SOOOO much! Applause and smiles!

    1. Dear Scilla,
      You are really generous! I appreciate your constant encouragement. I feel the same way about your posts–they always meet the challenge, and then keep going into another plane of thought.

  14. Hi Naomi, what an interesting photo and the story lines drew me in. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Tracy. BTW, I enjoyed your new blog!

  15. Great photo, great tune. What fun! Love how you pulled it together.

    1. Thanks, Lee. This one just fell into my lap, or my mind’s eye, like a gift from heaven. I can’t believe how soon I am going to see you!!!!!!

  16. pattisj says:

    Good, and unique, choice!

  17. TBM says:

    Very clever and the thought of encountering a man that wasn’t there would be terrifying.

    1. Thanks so much! It seems that stairwells are often favored haunts. I don’t know why, but it’s a bottleneck, and I wouldn’t want to run into a ghost there, or anywhere else.

  18. Wow, this post went well with this challenge 🙂 I like the photo a lot.

    1. Thanks so much! I love it when something just clicks like that! I sure appreciate your visit, and your taking the time to comment.

  19. ciao! just a great shot.

    1. Thank you so much!

  20. Great combination of picture and words. I’d no idea bubblewrap could be made to look so creepy and lonesome.

  21. I was looking at that statue, and you are right. It is so much more than simply bubble wrap. So much more than bubble wrap in the shape of a man. It exudes emotion. That, more than anything, draws me to this piece of art.

  22. Brilliant and irresistibly mysterious!

  23. sue says:

    a bubble wrap sculpture- now that is my kind of art! Would have LOVED to see that—-

    1. Dear Sue,
      This was right up your alley! You could make tiny ones for cake toppers!

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