On January 25th 2016, I went with a friend to an Ecological Reserve for a refreshing day’s outing in the sun. I’d heard of this place and its legendary wildflower blooms, and though we were months ahead of schedule for the carpet of flowers, the grass was a brilliant emerald green, tightly mowed by the cows that roamed freely over the hundreds of acres. There were enormous oak trees and streams running through rocky clefts, falling gracefully off the cliffs.
We roamed about the meadows for a few hours, and I took random pictures and videos with my Samsung S6 smartphone, as I often do. As the sun went down, we sat beneath a giant oak tree and enjoyed a snack. The tree must have been at least 600 years old, two people couldn’t have reached their arms around it. I took a few pictures of the tree as the sun neared the horizon. It wasn’t until I got home that evening that I noticed what at first I took for lens flares. A large green blotch hung just under one of the oak tree branches, I’d never seen anything like it before in any photo I’d taken, but.. hey.. what else could it be? I moved on to the next photos and then began watching a short video clip, which is included in the short film below.
A few seconds into it, I was startled to see a bright light enter the frame and move busily about in front of me. At the time of filming, I hadn’t noticed the light, and zoomed the focus into the distance, past the orb, which disappeared out of the left side of the frame. I watched the film clip again, and couldn’t understand what I had just seen. The light seemed to fly about independently, with a will of its own. Almost like a creature. I began to take a closer look at the other photos, and noticed that some of them had single bright orbs in them as well, just poised on the grass, glowing brightly.
I looked again at the green ‘lens flare’ under the tree branch, and saw that there was a circular orb in the center of the green flare. Then I examined the next photo I’d taken of the tree a second later from the vantage point. I saw the green light again, but higher up in the branches. In fact, it was silhouetted against the blackness of the trunk. I could see the tiny twigs through the light. Was it lens flare? I was beginning to think not. See the first video I made about these lights here
If these were lens flares, surely it would happen again, if the light were just right. If they were inexplicable phenomena, like ‘little people’ or fairies, then perhaps they’d show or perhaps they’d hide!, knowing I was posting their pictures on the internet. But by this time, I was very, very curious, because I had never seen anything like this before, and yes, I have had unusual experiences before, so I knew that I couldn’t rule out the inexplicable. So I returned to the place a week later, and tried to replicate the situation.
As the sun neared the horizon, I tramped past the cows and through the wet, streaming grass, back to the exact spot I had videod the first orbs. I took some shots along the way, for good measure, being careful to position the camera angle similar to last week. My friend accompanied me again, and took his own photos. Finally, I made it back to the spot I’d first caught the orb on video. I began videoing, turning the camera this way and that, tilting and panning back, but this time I watched the viewfinder closely. Nothing. Nothing… I tilted it up 5 degrees and panned back, and out of nowhere an orb materialized and floated in the same direction as my pan. Huh?? I kept panning, and it kept following. I tilted down, it followed. I panned back.. up, down, and the orb floated obediently after, changing color, size and shape as it went. Truly, if this were not a lens flare, it was certainly the coolest little UFO orb ever. But it was a lens flare. For certain. I jiggled the camera, and the orb jiggled too. Mystery solved. You can watch the video for yourself here.
My friend and I shared our findings under the great oak tree and I’ve posted them below in this second gallery. They’re very intriguing shots, some seem impossible, like the one with the orb directly in my long shadow. How does that happen? The second video I shot is quite remarkable too.. and even knowing that it is lens flare doesn’t diminish the fun of watching that little orb dance around.
I’ve had my share of ‘strange and unusual’ experiences, and being naturally imaginative and curious, my mind entertains many possibilities including ordinary rational, material explanations. Many times, no explanation is required: I know what happened, and it was definitely non-ordinary. I’ll share some of those experiences here on my blog, eventually. For now, I am still delighted with these charming effects I’ve called Orbs, but I won’t be putting dishes of honey and teensy jackets with matching boots out for them anytime soon. I will, however, continue to hug trees and feel the presence of nature, and allow myself to be open to this magical world, and hear its messages. I hope you will allow yourself to feel your own way, no matter where it takes you….