Tom and Rob know there is nothing they could write, no legend they could tell, no sighting they could report and no photo they could present which by itself would convince anyone Bigfoot is real. But the photos presented here suggest we may be dealing with a creature even stranger than anyone had imagined.

Bigfoot, Urban Myths from Sour Lake, Texas



By far the most intriguing of Tom's photos was obtained with a game trail motion-sensitive camera in the summer of 2010. It looks like it could be a full frontal shot of an unidentified quadruped hairy primate. This picture is also viewable in the Introduction of Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth & Discovering the Truth along with more details about how it was obtained

From a distance it might be mistaken for a bear, but not up close. A key difference is hair texture. The Bigfoot’s hair is longer and appears to have been groomed. Grooming of one another is characteristic and commonplace among monkeys and apes. His hair appears to have been manicured whereas bears photographed in the same location shown in the next picture for comparison, are mangy looking.

As is the case with most videos and still shots of alleged Bigfoot, cynics will argue this picture is inconclusive at best. Some might even say it is more likely the rear end of a black bear. This would not account, however, for the eyes, the eyebrows, the outline of a beard, and the faint, flat facial features that appear in what would correspond with the shoulder blades of a bear seen from the rear.


Tom is willing to undergo a lie-detector test to verify he has not tampered with the image, and we would venture to say if a wildlife expert were to closely examine the photo, there is no way a black bear could contort itself in such a way as to result in the proportions of the animal seen in the photo. Bears simply do not have backs that narrow or backbones and shoulder blades that protrude to such a degree.
We do not claim this photo to be definitive proof of the existence of unknown hairy primates, but when viewed within the context of the details of how it was taken and the history of sightings in the general area, it emphatically shows more investigation is justified.
Bigfoot, Urban Myths from Sour Lake, Texas

This photo was retrieved from Tom’s game trail camera on February 4, 2013. It took him three years after the previously mentioned photo to get this picture, and it was one out of 7,213 photos taken. The rest were discarded.
We believe this to be a juvenile Bigfoot, because of the lack of hair on the face and the smaller size compared to others Tom has seen but not photographed. The camera was set up approximately five feet off the ground, so the Bigfoot would probably be stretching to look into the camera. The younger Bigfoot seem to be curious about everything. However, since Tom's first good picture of the large male, he has never gotten another picture of him. They are well aware of anything electrical, and they seem to stay away from a functioning camera at all costs. They will turn a camera over in the mud if it is not properly fastened to a tree. More details about this photo and how the features of this animal compare to those of known primates are discussed in the Introduction of Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth & Discovering the Truth.

Bigfoot, Urban Myths from Sour Lake, Texas

Fog/Smoke, Urban Myths from Sour Lake, Texas


On the back cover of Rob’s book,  In the Big Thicket: On the Trail of the Wild Man, published by Paraview Press of New York in 2001, is a photo of what appears to be a smoke formation, or small fog bank surrounding a tree. It was taken by Rob and his friend, Bill Fleming, with high-exposure 35 mm film on Bragg Road in the Big Thicket  in 1996.

Technicians at the lab where it was developed told Rob it was obvious the photo was not shot with a flash. Light from a flash reflected from smoke or a fog bank that close and that dense would have whited-out the entire frame. There were also details on the ground behind the fog that must have been illuminated by it, because they would also have been obscured by the glare from a flash. From this the technician could only conclude the smoke or fog was self-luminous. The peculiar thing is it was not visible to either Rob or Bill at the time the photo was taken.


An illuminated fog bank or cloud of smoke on Bragg Road on another occasion was reported to Rob by a woman who said she was terrified to see the wild man appear like it was materializing in the fog or stepping out of it. When viewed by turning the image on the book cover a quarter turn clockwise, as shown here, the fog appears to have the face of a weird, shaggy humanoid creature hidden in it. Step back a little from it, and the depth, distinct facial features, and hairiness are easier to see.

In cultures that practice shamanism the faces of spirit beings sometimes appear in the smoke of their ceremonial fires. In this case the entire smoky mass seems to be taking the form of the head of one colossal wild man. The name of the Kwakiutl tribe translates to “Smoke of the World.” A detailed account of this image is discussed in the “Wild, Hairy Hominids, Mystery Light-Forms , and Anomalous Energy Fields” chapter of Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth & Discovering the Truth.

Bigfoot Environment, Urban Myths from Sour Lake, Texas   

Several types of mystery light-forms were photographed on Tom’s property in the same location where the purported Bigfoot photo was taken. Note in the upper-right photo that there is a light seemingly approaching a squirrel on the ground. The light might have been about to prey on the squirrel that was attracted by the food Tom left out for bait to attract the hairy mystery creatures. These photos are discussed in more detail in the “Wild, Hairy Hominids, Mystery Light-Forms , and Anomalous Energy Fields” chapter of Bigfoot: Exploring the Myth & Discovering the Truth.

    Fog/Smoke, Urban Myths from Sour Lake, Texas
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A fish-shaped orb light was photographed in 1998 in the Big Thicket National Preserve by Rob Riggs on two consecutive frames of high-speed 35 mm film near a bridge where there had allegedly been a history of wild man or Bigfoot sightings. Note that the second shot was taken from the opposite side of the bridge from the first shot and from a longer distance, and that the orb has moved across the bayou and maintained both its shape and dimensional depth. Although Rob was not conscious of seeing the orb, it could be an example of what old-timers in the Thicket called “haints” or spirits.



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