Orbs can be the result of many things; a camera’s flash reflecting off dust, raindrops or some shiny surface. Yet from my experience, on rare occasions an orb could be something more, perhaps the reflection of an invisible energy, or even paranormal. Is it possible to tell if an orb is natural or that rare instance of the paranormal?
It would be great if there were some clues that might hint an orb is more then just an orb. There are many clues when an orb is a trick of the camera. A strong clue orbs are only natural are when many orbs appear in a photo. That is very likely a cloud of dust at work. Take a flash photo in the rain and you’ll see for yourself. If a reflective surface is reflecting the flash, guess what, that orb is nothing.
If detecting natural orbs are fairly easy, is it possible to assess if an orb is more then natural? That is tricky. Most orbs seem to be flat, pale and “lifeless” and so they are. The more intriguing orbs seem to have a feeling of solidity to them. Even at best nothing is ever really conclusive. The best, maybe only clue is the context in which the orb appears. What is happening at the time and what is its significance?
Here are examples of orbs that seem interesting even if they are only tricks of the camera, taken at a Halloween party at a nightclub. There are so many possible sources of reflection that nothing can be trusted. Yet examples with interesting patterns emerge.
In the photo above it looks like somebody is pointing at the orb…only coincidence? Then there is an orb that seems too symmetrical with concentric circles. Finally a jolly green giant has an orb over his shoulder. It is hard to imagine these orbs are anything other then an optical effect. Yet in my imagination I like the idea spirits visited a costume party.
At the bottom is an orb taken at daytime in a cemetery. This cemetery had a reputation for haunting. Orbs taken without a flash in the light of day are pretty hard to catch. Daylight orbs get my attention. Another intriguing clue would be if an orb were partly covered by something so that it could not be an optical effect. Then again anybody could digitally manipulate any photo, so nothing can be trusted unless we took the picture ourselves. In the end encountering the paranormal is really a personal experience.