I have to admit, sometimes I’m a junkie for the unusual. Sure, I’ve heard of spirit orbs. Just do a quick internet search and you’ll find plenty of examples and books on the topic, even a physics professor at Stanford University wrote a book on orbs.
Some people think they show up in digital camera shots because the digital cameras are more sensitive to their spectrum. Sometimes I’ve looked at those shots and thought – hey maybe they just need to clean their camera lens.
So whose to know if orbs are real. Some theories are that the orbs could be the flash of the camera reflecting off of a blob of little insects, or perhaps a little condensation distorting things, or even a quickie editing job done in Photoshop. But hey, with all these criticisms, it is still way more fun to believe in the possibility that orbs are real manifestations of energy and spirit.
The only reason I bring this up is because I got some unusual photos at sunset a few weeks ago. You see, I went to Ian’s Celebration of Life on his family farm in Staunton, VA. I wasn’t expecting any kind of orb, I was just trying to photograph the animals on the farm and the sun shining through the clouds onto the rolling hills.
Here is a shot of his family’s farm on a gorgeous day:
But on the day of Ian’s memorial it was a cloudy, sad, gray afternoon. The wind kicked up and it felt like the first chilly weekend of autumn. Shortly after the service the sun was starting to set, it was low in the sky but trying to break through the clouds.
I thought the hills and sheep looked beautiful with the sun poking out and streaming down on them. I thought of Ian trying to say something like – hey everyone, don’t stay sad, the sun will shine again. And so I decided to take some photos to catch the moment.
When I checked out the photos later, I was surprised to see this little glowing ball in the picture. I had to zoom in to really see it. Then I noticed that it was in all four shots. And I took the photos way too far away for it to just be my flash illuminating a little glob of insects or such. Also never, in my iPhone photo history, have I caught little glowing orb photos.
First I’ll show you the regular four shots… then I’ll share the zoomed in versions.
Here are the zoomed in shots of the above photos…
So, I like to think of this glowing energy as Ian showing up to watch over everyone. To let all his loved ones know that he will always be with them in some form.
The next morning people gathered for breakfast with his parents and siblings, it was a picturesque gorgeous fall day. You could feel the warmth of the sun again like a warm embrace – along with all the love of the people whose lives Ian had touched.
Thank you Ian. Your light really does shine on.