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Orbs and Their Meaning

Updated on January 25, 2017
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I have lived in a suburb of New Orleans for 40 years with my husband of almost 52 years and my pigeon-toed calico cat, Lucy.

First photo made with small digital

I got caught after dark when taking my usual late evening walk. Saw the moon and decided to make a photo. These orbs appeared on the viewing screen and my adventure began! If you are interested in fractals, these orbs are a perfect example.


Our cabin, protected by orbs

This is the end of my walk the first night. I have many photographs from that walk, all with several orbs. I would not call the experience spiritual exactly, more like magical. I felt all along that there was an explanation for the orbs, but just photographing them made me happy. I found myself looking forward to the next night and my next walk. There was also a strange fear that the orbs would go away, just as quickly as they came. As you'll see, that didn't happen.


First photo, second night

Orbs at the creek.

This photo was at the creek and was the first one I made the second night. It was before dark and still the orbs appeared . I was very excited. My husband, always the skeptic, decided that he thought the camera was causing the orbs and suggested I change from the small camera to our large Canon digital. We were torn between the idea that the orbs were caused by ice crystals in the atmosphere, dust particles, some sort of reflection off the moon, which the creek photo debunked, and starting to believe they were perhaps, indeed, in some way spiritual. Below are two of the photos made with the larger camera. To me, they were even more bizarre and other worldly than the first ones.

First photo taken with large digital

When I saw the green orb in this photo, I was hooked on this phenomenon, whatever it is. I'm sure a scientist could explain the orbs appearing with both cameras. I guess I really don't want to hear it! I don't exactly believe the orbs are spirits as I've read others do. I believe they are a scientific thing, but I feel delighted that I have been allowed to experience it. My father-in-law, as a policeman on a stakeout in approximately the same rural area, told me he once had a bright light come down very close to his patrol car, hover over him for a period of time, then leave. Of course, remembering that story brings in all sorts of eerie ideas. However, I'm content not to search out the scientific answers, nor to convince myself that these are wandering spirits. I choose to believe they are a small part of the many wondrous things on this planet, waiting to be discovered and appreciated.

I hope you have enjoyed my walks as much as I did.

Green orb in the clouds

Note the orb just slightly above and to the right of the moon. It seemed to be partially covered with clouds. These photos were made in Arkansas. I am at home in New Orleans now and my next adventure is photographing one of the above-ground cemeteries here. No matter what else I see, I will always remember these two nights, the coyotes yapping, mosquitos biting, wind blowing, the smell of pine needles, and the excitement of these wonderful bits of light. I read somewhere that orbs are loved ones visiting us. I'm not so sure of that, but if anyone was there with me those two nights, it was my father-in-law, who hunted for deer in those very woods for over 65 years and never failed to stop and acknowledge a beautiful tree, rock, stream. I always felt he hunted to have an excuse to commune with nature. Perhaps he didn't visit at all, but left a bit of himself behind there in a place he loved when he left the planet.

And now on a more objective note, since they are fractals, it is difficult for me to believe that the debunking theory of dust particles is correct. If that is true, we must then assume that each dust particle is a perfect circle. I won't rule out the possibility that they are merely dust, but I will chose instead to believe they come from a more spiritual source. To a scientist, the wind is just the wind, a strictly objective phenomenon. We have all had experiences where the wind seemed to be more than that, where the moon was a magical thing, filling us with wonder. I chose a mystical life, and I make that choice with no apologies to science.

Location of orbs

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Strong, AR, USA
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This is the approximate location of Walton Deer Camp where the orb photos were made, about eight miles east of Strong, Arkansas.

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    • Marsei profile image
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      Sue Pratt 4 years ago from New Orleans

      Interesting. I'm just not sure what I believe yet.

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      James 4 years ago

      I am not a skeptic, but I agree with the lens flare exaapnltion. In almost all indoor photos I have seen like this there is a bright source of light in the room that creates in the lens the flare orb' effect. I have a pair of sun glasses that produced the same effect in bright sunlight to my eyes and a very vivid orb.

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      Sue Pratt 4 years ago from New Orleans

      Another comment, this time from "Karmain" that has nothing to do with my hub. Weird.

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      Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Thank you, Kitty.

      It's become quite a hobby for me. My favorite orb photo is at the end of a hub I wrote about Isaac. The orbs blended with the rain and wind and made a fantastic sky. I believe the orbs are "something" spiritual, perhaps spiritual energy of some sort. I love going to the camp up there because they're are usually there.

      Thanks again.

      marsei

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      I've been under the impression for a very long time that these orbs are merely nature spirits' essence caught on camera. Do you ever notice how they always seem to be outside in nature or somewhere that is very old? Just a theory...but something I've experienced many times in my photos. :) Awesome hub!

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      Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Thanks so much, Tammy. I like making them. I have found them in my backyard often lately and once during the rain, which sort of debunks the dust particle thing. It's a lot of fun. We are going back to Arkansas where I made the photos in this hub, leaving Thursday. Last trip, not a single orb. Hopefully they will be bck. Thanks for your comments. And I also like Park's answer.

      marsei

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love your photos Marsei. I have seen some very strange things including orbs. I don't know what they are but I do know that no energy can be destroyed and when we die the energy goes somewhere. I love Park McCant's answer. Very interesting!

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      Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Ha! I think you said it all there, they are pretty pictures. Whatever else is in the mind of the beholder.

      Thanks you for reading my work.

      marsei

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      Derdriu 5 years ago

      Marsei, Whatever the explanation one chooses to accept or pursue, the fact remains that them's "pretty pictures" to be proud of and to feel great about.

      Thank you for sharing, and Welcome to HubPages,

      Derdriu

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      Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

      Can't argue with that!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      A friend of mine has a 100-year-old vacation cabin in the mountains and every photo she takes there has orbs, yet when she takes photos in her residence, there are none. Pretty good proof don't you think?

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      well there you go Marsei. I actually have a daylight photo of a young Buck sitting below my home that has a very large orb sitting next to it. As to the Owl? well, you know the answer. Your property is very busy. Enjoy!

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      Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

      I appreciate your input. I can see you're much more knowlegeable than I am about orbs.

      The property is very interesting. Our cabin is actually on the hunting camp where my husband has hunted since he was 9. He said the photos on the path were directly over the "bone orchard," or the place where the throw the bones of the deer after they skin them and let the buzzards eat them clean.

      Also, in another place on this same property, there is an elevation called "high mound." It's believed

      to be a Native American burial ground. The hunters find arrowheads on the property. There are three old "homeplaces" where jonquils still grow and where you can see steps from homes that existed in the early '30s and '40s.

      I like what you said about the green orb next to the moon. I felt happy and excited when i saw it as though good things are coming, if that makes sense.

      I've always felt comfortable wandering the property at night, although I get lectures from a lot of the people who live nearby. I feel protected there. My husband and I have seen the most beautiful and the largest owl we've ever seen deep in the bottoms, as we call them. I keep hoping I'll run in to him.

      Thanks again for your very thought-provoking idea!

      Marsei

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Well done! As a photographer that has captured hundreds of these immages with multiple camaras, as well as high end S.L.R. processors,, I've determined orb immages to represent different things at different times.

      The energy around your home is projected by the tree, or passed creatures such as preditory birds that have resided in the tree.

      The ground orbs are most likely projected by earlier inhabitants of the area.

      Moon orbs? Your guess is as good as mine. But I do detect a spirit pressence on your property. Is it a part to, or a past homestead? And if so, what is the history of the ground/ Has there ever been conflict or death on the property? The large brown indicates anegative event.

      The green orb next to the moon? Only good things.

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      Sue Pratt 5 years ago from New Orleans

      My daughter called to inform me that they are dust particles. She's an accountant with a practical mind. I prefer the other possibilities!

      Thanks for your comments.

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      rjsadowski 5 years ago

      Interesting photos. I have no idea what those orbs are either. Thanks for sharing.