Orbs taken in photography are sometimes thought to be the result of paranormal forces. It is easy to believe in this when we capture orbs at a cemetery or a supposedly haunted house. It confirms our suspicions! But what about when we capture intriguing orbs in the strangest of places? For instance, a strange place to photograph an orb would be a tourist spot. Here are some pictures of orbs that I caught in very public places. If these same orbs were photographed at some mysterious destination, we might be willing to suspend disbelief and think something odd is going on. Take away the mystery and we only have optical effects.
Above is an orb photographed at a balcony in Chicago’s Field Museum of National History. The two images were taken within seconds of each other and you can see the people below walked a few steps. One picture is normal. The next picture…ORBS! Amazing! Astounding! Is the museum haunted? The idea appeals to me since a museum is full of old bones and mummies and ancient artifacts. Sort of like the “Night at the Museum” movies. Nah, I don’t think so. Still, maybe a museum of history is not the best example.
How about the Chicago Auto Show? Below is a pair of photos taken at the McCormick Place convention center where the annual Auto Show is held. Vivid blue orbs! Well, is the Chicago Auto Show haunted? That’s really hard to imagine.
If we look at all our family photos, and look carefully for orbs, we’ll see an orb here and there. They are not overly common, but they are not really rare either. I still believe it is possible for an orb to be a reflection of the paranormal. How do we tell if the rare orb might actually be something more then an optical effect? I think the only way to even guess is the context of the situation. Does something else happen along with the orb being photographed? An example would be if an orb responded to a verbal command.
Otherwise orbs don’t prove anything. For ghost enthusiasts, photographing an orb is fun. To never photography anything would take the steam out of the hobby. Thinking maybe we photographed the real deal keeps the imagination wondering.