Sunday, December 17, 2017

Odd Sky Orbs

The photos below show strange sky orbs that I photographed between December 14, 2017 and December 16, 2017.   The top two have stripes.

odd sky orbs
There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation when I took these photos.

A Mystifying "Hole Handedness"

Photo date: November 28, 2017.  Photographer:T Mark Mahin.

I took the three photos below while photographing nothing but ordinary drops of pure, clean water falling against a dark background. We see some strange circular objects with holes, and the holes are all on the right side of the circular objects.

orb holes

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Vertical Stripe Orbs

The photo at the top right shows a mysterious orb I photographed on December 14, 2017.  The other photos show mysterious orbs I previously photographed, which all have a vertical stripe stretching from the top of the orb to the bottom of the orb.

orb pattern

Strange Orbs

Photo date: December 15, 2017.  Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photos below show two mysterious orbs I photographed last night.  The one on the right has a strange "lit from below" look to it.

strange orbs
There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation while I was photographing on this night.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Odd Orbs

The photos below show various mysterious orbs I have photographed in recent months, all with strange marks.

odd orbs

Pink Ascent?

Photo date: November 28, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a pink sky orb that rather seems to be rising up in the sky.

pink orb
There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

25+ Orbs All With the Same Hole at the Top

Photo date: December 7, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

I took the photo below while photographing nothing but pure, clean water falling against a dark background. We see 25+ orbs with the same little hole at their top.

orbs with holes

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Haunted Head?

Photo date: December 13, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious blue orb I photographed in Grand Central Terminal in New York.
 
haunted

Azure Anomaly

Photo date: October 18, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious blue orb I photographed near a building in New York City.

strange orb
There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Striped Sky Orb

Photo date: December 12, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orb I photographed in the sky. We can see a stripe in the orb.

striped blue air orb

There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

Baffling Belly

Photo date: December 11, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below (taken in Grand Central Terminal) shows a blue striped orb that appeared in front of someone's chest.  Were it not for the fact that I have taken 400+ photos of mysterious striped orbs (and 1100+ photos of mysterious blue orbs), I might assume that this was just some strange attire the person was wearing.

striped blue orb

Fast Orbs

Photo date: December 11, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photos below shows two speeding orbs I photographed indoors. The photo on the right (taken in Grand Central Terminal) shows a green orb.

fast orbs

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bright Orbs in the Station

Photo date: December 11, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photos below show two bright orbs I photographed in Grand Central Terminal in New York, one of which seemed to be moving fast.

bright orbs

Were They All the Same Orb?

Photo date: November 20, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photos below show three mysterious orbs I photographed near buildings in New York -- or perhaps the same orb reappearing.

sky balls
There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.  The moon was only the thinnest crescent.

Confounding Clones

Photo date: December 1, 2017.  Photographer: Mark Mahin.

I took the photos below while photographing nothing but ordinary drops of pure, clean water falling against a dark background. We see a bunch of strange orbs that all have identical holes, along with outer rings.

orbs with holes
The one below was more colorful. Looking closely, we can almost seem to see an eye-like feature at the top left, which rather seems to create a bit of an eerie suggestion of a dark face.

weird orb

Monday, December 11, 2017

Baffling Band

Photo date: December 7, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orb I photographed indoors. We see a belt-like stripe on the orb, something I have photographed 19 times before.

banded orb

The repeated belt-like pattern is one of of 24 recurring patterns I have noticed in mysterious orbs I have photographed. The grid below summarizes each of these patterns, and how many times each have been photographed. Click here to see multiple examples of each of these patterns.

paranormal pattern

Puzzling Peachy Pair

Photo date: December 10, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows two peach-colored orbs I photographed near a building in New York.

peach colored orb
There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

The Orb's Rectangular Feature

Photo date: December 8, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orb I photographed indoors. We see a strange rectangular feature in the orb.

rectangle in orb

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Confounding Corner

Photo date: November 21, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photos below show two bright sky orbs I photographed near the same building corner.  They cannot be the moon, as the orb on the left is in front of the corner..

bright sky orbs
There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night. The moon was only a crescent.

"Double Punched" Orbs All Had Two Holes

Photo date: December 7, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

I took the photos below while photographing nothing but ordinary drops of pure, clean water falling against a dark background. We see a bunch of orbs that all have two little holes, one at the bottom and one at the top.  See here for two similar photos.

orbs with two holes

Loopy Luminosity

Photo date: November 27, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below was cropped from the topmost part of a larger photo.  We see what looks like an orb speeding very fast, and turning back on itself, like some fastball that heads toward the batter and then turns back towards the pitcher.

quick orb

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Was It Taking a Close Look at the Red Bow?

Photo date: December 2, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orb I photographed in Grand Central Terminal in New York.

transparent orb

A Six Next to the Orb's Hole

Photo date: December 7, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

I took the photos below while photographing nothing but ordinary water drops falling against a dark background. In the first we see an orb with a hole, and next to the hole is the number 6.

number in orb
The photo below shows a whole bunch of these weird orb holes.

Below is a closeup of the weird holes.

orb with holes

The Little Circle Inside the Sky Orb

Photo date: December 7, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious sky orb I photographed. Inside the orb we see a little circle.

circle inside orb

There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Orb Flag Alignment #54

 Photo date: December 6, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows what I have 53 times previously photographed (as shown in this series of photos): a mysterious orb aligning with the edge of a flag.

orb aligned with flag
 The grid below shows some previous photos I have taken of mysterious orbs aligning with flag edges:

paranormal photos

Rings Inside the Orbs

Photo date: November 27, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

I took the photos below while photographing nothing but ordinary drops of pure, clean water falling against a dark background. The first photo shows four orbs that each have the same strange features:  a ring shape at the top above a dark band at the bottom.

orbs in pictures
In the photo below we see lots of inexplicable holes in the orbs, all on the left side:

orb holes

In the photo below we see some more inexplicable holes, this time all at the right part of the orbs:

orb holes
 
In the photo below we see some more inexplicable holes, this time all at the tops of the orbs:

orb holes

A Test That Debunks the “Moving Orbs Are Bugs” Nonsense

I was looking at a skeptic's web page the other day, one trying to explain the phenomenon of speeding orbs (you can see more than 600 examples of such speeding orbs here and in this set of videos). The skeptic's web page was full of nonsense and fallacies.

The skeptic started by giving a picture to supposedly show how a blue speeding orb could naturally appear. But the picture was produced through a most ridiculous procedure. A falling short fiber strand was photographed while a flashlight was held up to the camera lens – a flashlight that had a blue filter. Of course, such a procedure proves nothing. None of my 600+ photos of speeding orbs was taken while a flashlight was held up to the camera, and I never have used any kind of colored lens filter or colored light that might cause something that is not blue to look blue. And there are not fiber strands falling in front of my camera when I photograph.

Of course, since such a photo is irrelevant to explaining photos of speeding orbs, the skeptic offered another attempt at a natural explanation: that speeding orbs may be caused by insects. This explanation (and other proposed explanations for speeding orbs) is thoroughly debunked in this post.

The skeptic proposes that an insect can move at three meters per second. That's an overestimate. The speed of the house fly is five miles per hour, which is only two meters per second. Now, if you used a digital camera to take a flash photo of an object moving at two meters per second, would this produce some kind of trail of motion or double image or “string of pearls” effect that might look a little like a speeding orb? Certainly not.

The photo below proves the point. I took some little Cheerios about the size of a fly, and threw them toward a wall. The photo below captures the Cheerios in motion (with their shadows), moving at about three meters per second. The flash photo was taken with a cheap point-and-click camera, using no special settings. 




Notice that we see no trail of motion or double image or “string of pearls” effect  -- nothing resembling the dramatic "string of pearls" effect shown in these 72 photos. The Cheerios are simply caught frozen in motion. The same thing would happen if a moving fly were to be photographed. You might get a little motion blur if you photographed without a flash, but that's irrelevant, since all of my 600+ speeding orb photos were taken with a flash, which causes an effective shutter speed of about 1/1000 of a second.

There are three other reasons why “bugs in motion” is a completely absurd explanation for my photos of speeding orbs:
  1. Bugs are not round, and would not appear as round orbs in photos taken with a digital camera.
  2. The main type of flying insect someone might photograph in my city is a fly, which is black colored. None of my photos of speeding orbs show anything looking black or even dark gray. Instead they show orbs that are white, blue, orange, green, or pink. Mosquitoes are not as black as flies, but they travel at a much smaller speed of only 1.5 miles per hour, making them even more implausible as a source of speeding orbs in photos.
  3. None of my 600+ photos of speeding orbs was taken during any hour during which I saw any flying insects. I almost never observe flying insects where I live (New York City), seeing them than less 1 in 10 days, partly because I live on the seventh floor. I have observed a flying insect only one time in hundreds of hours of photographing in Grand Central Terminal.
Clearly the “moving orbs are insects” idea is nonsense. Our skeptic has forgot the elementary principle that to try to explain something in a photo, you propose some cause that bears at least some slight resemblance to what was photographed. If you do a Google image search for “fly in motion” or “insect in motion” you will find no image that resembles a speeding orb. The only way to get an image of an insect looking anything like a speeding orb is to use a cheap security video camera, and freeze frame an image from that, perhaps after dabbling some honey near the camera to attract insects. Such an image does nothing to explain flash photos taken with a digital camera.

Postscript: Another way to do such a test is to place your camera on a little base in front of a bowl, and then drop Cheerios from a distance of about a meter above the camera. This will cause the Cheerios to accelerate to a speed of about 4 meters per second, twice the speed of a house fly.  Below is a photo taken through such a method.  The fly-sized Cheerio particle was falling directly in front of the camera lens, at twice the speed of a house fly. We see nothing resembling a speeding orb.



A better procedure is to try the same thing using raisins rather than Cheerios, because a raisin will match the black color of a house fly. Below is a flash photo using such a technique. Dropped from a height of one meter, the raisin was falling directly in front of the camera lens, and was falling at twice the speed of a house fly. We see nothing resembling a speeding orb. In this case we can see that using a flash on a dark object will not at all cause it to become white-colored.  The photo shows the falling raisin and its shadow.


We can summarize the case against insects as an explanation for moving orbs by saying that flying insects are the wrong speed, the wrong shape, and the wrong color.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

An Orange Sky Orb

Photo date: December 6, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious orange orb I photographed near a building on Park Avenue in New York City.  See here for 173 other mysterious orange orbs I have photographed.

orange sky orb

There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.

Window Weirdness

The photos below show three mysterious orbs I photographed near windows at Grand Central Terminal in New York, on December 6, 2017, December 2, 2017, and November 29, 2017.

weirdness

A Puzzling Rectangle

Photo date: December 6, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a row of lights at Grand Central Terminal in New York. I have very often photographed mysterious blue orbs on such a row of lights (as shown in this series of 55 photos).  But this is the first time a rectangular blue shape has appeared at such a spot.

puzzling

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Darting Orb Upstages the Wreath

Photo date: December 2, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a speeding orb I photographed in Grand Central Terminal in New York, one of 600+ speeding orbs I have photographed, as shown here.

darting

An Eerie Orb

Photo date: December 5, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious striped orb I photographed indoors. This is the 442nd striped orb I have photographed in dry air.

eerie orb

Puzzling Orb Holes

Photo date: November 29, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

I took the photos below while photographing nothing but  ordinary drops of pure, clean water falling against a dark background. We see lots of baffling holes that have no business being there.

orb holes

The one below didn't have a full hole, but it had some great color:

colorful orb

Will You Find Yourself as an Orb When You Die?

I was recently reading a book entitled The Death Experience: What It Is Like When You Die by Alan Ross Hugenot. Near the end of the book there is a discussion of what you will experience when you die, drawn from sources such as near-death experiences. The author states this:

Most people remember their spiritual body as globular or round. Or a mist or smoke-like transparent vapor. 

See this post for more on orbs and near-death experiences.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Orb's Stripes Looked Like Two Pickles

Below is a mysterious orb that I photographed on December 3, 2017:

phallic orb
The stripes resemble two pickles. The photo above resembles the two photos below. I took the left one on July 9, 2016, and I took the right one on November 27, 2017.

striped orbs

A Blue Striped Orb

Photo date: December 2, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a blue orb I photographed in Grand Central Terminal in New York.

blue striped orb

Monday, December 4, 2017

Striped Blue Orb in the Station

Photo date: December 2, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a mysterious striped orb I photographed in Grand Central Terminal in New York.  Like many other mysterious orbs I have photographed, this one has a horizontal stripe stretching from one side of the orb to the other. 

striped blue orb

Baffling Orb Rings

I took the photos below on November 28, 2017 and November 29, 2017 while photographing nothing but pure, clean water drops falling against a dark background.  We see some of the strange things I call orb rings, which I have often photographed before (as shown here).  How these rings originate is dumbfounding -- if you ever try to use a needle to make a ring in a water drop, you will have no luck.

orb rings

Cuddling Couple?

Photo date: December 2, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows two mysterious orbs I photographed at Grand Central Terminal in New York.

orb pair