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orbs 117 4 orbs close up reginaThis past Friday night I found myself in an unusual situation – home alone.  My husband and sons had gone to Salt Lake to meet the cast of Nitro Circus, and to watch the premier of their new movie, Country Fried.  My daughters had also gone to Salt Lake, but to a Regina Spektor concert.  And I found myself wonderfully, gloriously  home alone. So what did I do to fill this rare evening?  I got a take-out Sticky Finger dinner from Wingers (seriously, that  sauce is addicting. I think the secret ingredient is cocaine)  and settled in to catch up on some reading (Catching Fire) and some recorded episodes of Project Runway and Top Model.

I discovered that when you suddenly find yourself surrounded by peace and quiet in a home which could more typically described as chaotic and loud, you start to notice unusual sounds…strange bumps and creaks and thumps.  At first you just dismiss the sounds, but then when you keep hearing them your mind starts to play tricks on you and your imagination takes over.  We joke in our house that we have a ghost who lives here – a little girl that we’ve named Evelyn. We blame all unusual sounds on her.  Some of my daughters say they’ve seen her.  I haven’t, but that thought rolls around  in the back corners and crevices of my mind…

I was in this state of mind when my girls returned from their concert and showed me their pictures.  (They always do post-concert photo shoots of themselves jumping, using a self timer on the camera.  Makes for some pretty funny pics.)

Anyway,  we were looking through the pics and noticed some strange lights in several of the photos.

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Notice the large orb in the bottom left corner, and several other smaller ones scattered throughout the photo.

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Check out that crazy bright orb on the right. of the photo

I was immediately intrigued so I downloaded the photos to Photo Shop to get a closer look.

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Pretty weird, huh?  I decided these mystery orbs warranted some computer research…and here’s what I’ve found.

Similar pics…

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These photos were taken by a lady named Sharon Cross, and here’s what she has to say about them.

“I have studied these for many years, being a photographer and finding them in many photos, but only when certain situations arise. I have photos which are indisputable in my experience and estimation. Two things seem to be common for orbs to be present in the photos that I have taken: there are either many young people in the environment, or folks who have been ill or are currently ill or will pass away soon; the other is that they appear in my photos involving theater or performances. There is no dust on my camera lens or in the rooms since I am deathly allergic to dust and would be unable to breathe, let alone take a photo if the dust were that present. I have also zoomed in on the orbs and enlarged them to find the detail on the interiors of them. Just like snowflakes, there are no two that are alike and their colors are very significant also. So here are just two of the hundreds of orb photos I have.”


Other photos with orbs shaped similar to ours.


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At I found this definition of orbs. “Orbs have many names including globes, globules, balls of light, and hovering round balls. They appear in all ranges of brightness from bright-&-glowing to faded-&-barely-visible. They are usually quite fast and follow an erratic pattern of flight. Positive orbs are believed to be the spirits of the dead by many”

I also found this odd connection…a striking resemblance to the  Nazca Lines in the Nazca Plains of Peru. “The Nazca Lines are an engima. No one has proof who built them or why. Since their discovery, the Nazca Lines have inspired fantastic explanations from ancient gods, a landing strip for returning aliens, a celestial calendar created by the ancient Nazca civilization — putting the creation of the lines between 200 BC and 600 AD, used for rituals probably related to astronomy.”

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In all fairness to those logically minded readers, here’s a scientific explanation I found.

Technical orb explanation

“The reason for this is that the flash illuminates dust particles that are drifting very close to it. These reflect light back into the camera lens, but orb explanation technicalthey are too close to be in focus. A lens sees an out-of-focus point of light as a ‘circle of confusion’, and the more out of focus it is, the larger the circle. It is the circle-of-confusion image on the film or digital photo that appears as an orb. When the flash is close to the lens, the cone of light that it puts out intersects with the conical-shaped coverage of the lens. This overlapping area is where dust particles (or airborne water droplets, tiny insects etc) will become ‘orbs’.”

So readers, what do YOU think?  Do I have myself a real orb in these photos?  Or reflected dust?

Do you have any orb photos you’d like to add to the debate?  Send to

Just for fun…

How to take Ghost pictures

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Enjoy your Coffee Break!

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