A Question Of Orbs

A few weeks ago, Hugh over at Hugh’s Views and News posted an image he had taken on the beach which featured a strange glowing orb. We ended up having a conversation in the comment section, as I had also blogged about a photograph in which I’d captured some unexplained phenomenon. I mentioned I had a few other shots in which these ‘orbs’ had shown up, and promised to do a post. So here it is.

I took these images at Warwick Castle about five years ago when the Castle was all decked out for Christmas, so they are very timely. Warwick Castle is the ancient seat of the Earls of Warwick and has a building history spanning almost a thousand years, from the original Norman motte and bailey to the Victorian renovations done when Lady Warwick was a favourite of the Prince of Wales, who often visited.

The first image is taken inside the Great Hall, which, as you can see, was set up for a Christmas function. As you can also see, there are loads of orbs in this image, including a tiny one way up high, and another hovering like a bauble at the lower right of the Christmas tree. There is also a cluster of orbs running along the left side of the image. Perhaps a ghostly party going on? Or just a dusty old castle?

Warwick Castle Great Hall

This second image was taken in one of the drawing rooms, renovated in Victorian times but dating back several centuries earlier. In this image there are two visible orbs, one at the base of the wall sconce, the other by the curtain tie-back on the right.

Warwick Castle Drawing Room

And just for comparison, here is a shot I took just a few minutes later in the room next door – the Gift Room. As you can see, the lighting is similar, but there are no orbs. So I guess I can dismiss dust on the lens?

Warwick Castle Gift Room

All the photos were taking using a digital camera within a single half hour period. So I leave them here without any further comment. Looking forward to hearing yours 🙂

18 thoughts on “A Question Of Orbs

    • Oh yes, the Will O’ The Wisp, luring unsuspecting travellers into danger. I will have to read that story 🙂 And I found these photos interesting as well – I took loads that day all over the castle and these were the only two that featured orbs.

  1. Beautiful pics, with light bouncing off everywhere! Once I had a whole discussion about orbs with a friend who is a film producer. We came to the tentative conclusion they are not ghosts, but beings of light. What we call “orbs” are orbs when they float around.
    When they’re stationary they are often a reflection of something else.

    • Thank you! It was a particularly beautiful time of year to be at the Castle 🙂 I like the thought of your ‘beings of light’. I think what’s interesting is that we don’t know exactly what they are, or why they show up in some images but not others. It could just be dust or light reflections or, as you say, something else.

  2. I’ve enlarged the photos with the Orbs in them and can see some patterns in them, Helen. Some people say that they can see the faces of those that have passed away in Orbs, but I can’t see any faces in the orbs on your photos. It is a real mystery and I really do love hearing peoples thoughts about what these orbs are.

    I was in the Cotswolds over the weekend and visited a church that dated back to 1545. Also in the grounds was the old ruins of a large house. I took lots of photos but have not come across any orbs in them…as yet. I’m still looking. 🙂

    Thank you very much for the mention in this post. I’m sure orbs will continue to be a popular topic of conversation.

    • Thanks Hugh – I’m glad you liked the photos 🙂 I enlarged them too and could see patterns – I particularly like the idea of a ghostly party in the Great Hall. Looking forward to seeing some more orb photos from you – once you’ve taken one, I’m sure others will come along. We’ll definitely have lots to discuss at the next Blogger’s Bash!

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