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by Beth Fowler, guest contributor.  [November 5, 2005]





[] .Why the influx of orb photos -- and what are orbs?

Most orbs are caught on digital cameras. This is the most popular way to take pictures -- almost every household owns one -- so this would explain the increase in the number of orb photos.



* Myth or Facts?

Some skeptics have their theories about orbs:

1.  Orbs are just pixel distortions in the electronics of cameras. This could be true -- if almost every picture taken with a camera contains orbs. In that case, get the camera fixed or buy a new one.

2.  Other skeptics suggest that orbs could be reflections off of dust particles that are floating in a room, or off of a moth or some other insect flying around. 

3.  Others say orbs are just someone shining a flashlight into the camera.




1.  But why would one only photograph orbs on occasion, and only in one location? Can a camera take distorted pictures randomly? Possibly.

But in one investigation, the orbs mainly appeared in one room. The only other room the orbs appeared in -- and only once -- was in a nearly adjacent room.

But we took pictures throughout the house on every visit -- and only that one room had orb activity. And with pixel distortions in digital cameras, you cannot see through the 'orbs,' nor can you see actual faces in them.


2.  If orbs were caused by dust particles floating about a room, the photo should be nearly white with the reflection coming off of all the dust particles. So why are there only one, or a few, orbs in some photos?

As for the insect theory, after taking the photo you'd see the insect buzzing around. And if you photograph an insect and the light does happen to reflect off it -- it wouldn't be a perfect orb and wouldn't have the layers of some orbs. Plus, I think most people are smart enough to know an insect when they see one.


3.  Yes, some people try to fake photos with a flashlight or candle. But with a flashlight, the glare on the camera is intense and looks fake. And with a candle, you see the flame's glow in the center -- and any software program can enlarge the photo to reveal that it's a fake.

As for using software to fake photos -- unless you are a master of fakery, even an amateur can take that photo and use their own program to learn where the photo has been doctored.


* Videos


But how does one explain orbs caught on video? I can see the insect theory working here. But as I said, most people can distinguish between an insect and something unusual. I had an orb fly right up to me -- saw it through the screen on the camera! -- and when I looked up, no insect.

As for dust, again, there'd be so many particles reflecting light that all you'd see is a sea of white.

And if orbs were caused by a pixel distortion on the video camera -- then all shots taken with that camera would have the same problem. 

And unless you're a master at filmmaking and fakery -- an amateur can usually discern a fake orb video within an hour.

I believe the orbs we've caught on video are something more. They don't float, but rather 'dance' around. And when we talk to them, these orbs float to the person speaking (or concentrating). A rock doesn't approach you when you speak to it, nor does it have any reaction, neither does steel or the like.

Only things with a conscious or life energy seem to have a reaction when communication is involved.


* Guides & Angels

A world-famous psychic that I respect -- and believe me, I can count the ones I do on one hand! -- believes that orbs are "guides" or "guardian angels." After seeing an orb hover over my 14-year-old niece one night, then seeing it disappear behind her, I think that is not only a lovely thought -- but possibly true!

In the same house, a woman sat down and concentrated as a photo was taken. A huge orb appeared beside her head, and I had a vision of the woman's grandfather. So could orbs be spirits or visitations -- messages from deceased loved ones? Absolutely possible.

The notion of orbs as deceased loves ones is compatible with the angel/guide theory. Most people believe that their deceased loved ones return to check up on them when needed.


* Aliens?

Another theory states that orbs are aliens.

Not that I don't believe there are other life forms in the universe and that we might be monitored -- but why would there be so many 'aliens' in one house? Especially in a house full of ordinary people, with no significant political power?


* Orbs Are Conscious

In conclusion, I believed that orbs are some type of "consciousness." What kind -- guides, angels, dearly departed -- no one knows. One house I've investigated has a room with orbs, plasma, and apparitions. My theory is that there might possibly be a portal on that piece of land. The theory of departed loved ones watching over the house's residents cannot be disputed either.

Others believe there's more than one dimension in our world. Anywhere from five to an infinity. And in these other dimensions, other consciousness 'live' and on occasion enter ours and communicate -- or stumble in by accident. They've always been here, but it's only now that so many people have had the technology to capture them. Maybe they're trying to tell us something -- about ourselves, about the world around us, about our future as a planet.

As technology advances and becomes less expensive, what other amazing paranormal activity will we discover?

Copyright 2005 by Beth Fowler.


Beth Fowler is Head of Investigations for Alberta Paranormal Investigations H.A.P.I.A.
Also read the Weekly Universe's report on the mysterious orb lights haunting Bush. And read more about Orbs: Their Mission and Messages of Hope.
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