[Begin Commentary] Regarding the alt-text: while idly browsing a family tree book at my grandmother’s house a few years ago I came across a story from a Mennonite village in 1800s Russia. Supposedly, several people saw three tall men dressed in white that moved through the village. I don’t remember if they were supposed to have been shadowless, but they upset the dogs terribly and (so the story goes) did not bend the tall grass as they passed through it. They left as mysteriously as they came, but the next day one of the village men was found dead, face down, in the nearby creek.
The story ended there, and declined to comment on the nature of the tall men, but it always stuck with me. [October 1st, 2014]