This Christmas, the whole group of my grandkids came to my house. We had a blast! Then, when I looked at the pictures I had taken during all the excitement, I saw them….orbs.
I took several pictures and most of them had the little white circular orbs in them. Now the question….what are they?
I confess that I immediately jumped to the hopeful conclusion that these were the much discussed orbs that are seen on every ghost show out there today. My mother passed away in July and had been previously stopped from being with us at Christmas because of the multiple sclerosis that kept her in a nursing home for the last 8 years. I knew that this year she was free to come and join in on all the excitement generated by the grandkids every year so I actually invited her to come. My first thought after I saw the orbs was that she had indeed come to my house to join in on the celebration…and I had proof…the orbs.
I had not studied the question of orbs at all at that point but I became curious and googled the topic to find out more about them.
Folks, the jury is still out.
There are those who swear by orbs and say that they are indeed the spirits of people who have passed. These people search eagerly for orbs in all of their pictures as proof that spirits were in the room with them. These photographers eagerly post these pictures in various websites. If you google the word ‘orbs’ you can find many good examples of these pictures.
Then, there are other people who vehemently argue that these white aberrations are nothing but dust or moisture. They say that orbs never showed up in pictures until the dawn of digital cameras and that you never see these on pictures made by 35mm cameras. They go to a lot of trouble to disprove orbs, even tossing dust into the air before taking pictures to show that the dust will show up as multiple ‘orbs’ in the picture. Being a semi-scientist, I am intrigued by their studies and I have seen pollen particles that look just like these ‘orbs’ under the microscope. And some paranormal groups are now even refusing to accept orb pictures as proof of spirit presence.
So, I do not really know what to believe now. I know that my mother was there at my celebration because I could feel her presence, but I do not know that the little orbs were proof of that visit. Maybe my grandkids were just actively kicking up dust and pollen particles with all of their running around. That much is possible I suppose.
So….I am going to throw the topic out to all of you who have more experience than I have.
What do you think about orbs?