False ‘ghost orbs’ can be caused by holiday lights. It’s fairly rare, but worth mentioning. Take a look at the bluish orb in the picture at the right. The orb is tiny, and it’s at the far right side of the photo, almost at the middle of that side.
This false orb was only one in about 50 photos taken at this site, so it is rare. The small, bluish orb at the upper right side of the haunted railcar is the product of a reflection from a Christmas decoration. Here it is, enlarged:
As you can see, the orb hovers over a blue holiday light, and the bulb is almost exactly in the middle of the orb. Because this railcar is supposed to be haunted, we’d love to say that the orb is evidence of a ghost. And, it might be.
However, unless we are certain that an orb is paranormal — and has no reasonable explanation — we have to point out the possible “normal” causes of it.
In this case, we’re about 99% certain that this orb is caused by a small, reflecting light bulb.
On the other hand, you can see more credible orbs in our ghost photos taken nearby. That’s where we spotted what we affectionately call, the romantic ghosts. One of those pictures is on the right.
As we took photos around that historic site next to downtown Katy, Texas, we kept noticing double orbs — two of them, always together — no matter which camera took the pictures.
Of course, when you look at those orbs, you may ask, “Why aren’t those false orbs from Christmas lights?”
Well, yes, that is a possibility. The more skeptical you are, the more you’re likely to seize that explanation. (And, it being the Christmas season, we might add “Bah! Humbug!” too.)
Experienced researchers look for obvious, logical explanations for phenomena, including orbs. In this case, it’s a coin flip whether they’re “real” orbs. With no supporting evidence, I’d certainly dismiss them as normal.
So, we considered the rest of our evidence.
We have two sets of orbs, and a “ghost story” about a Victorian couple that haunts the site. Investigators at the site, at that time, felt certain they picked up that energy when they took photos with the double orbs in them. When they announced, “Nope, not sensing the same energy now,” the photos didn’t include any orbs.
We’ve noted a consistency to orbs. In the original photos, that’s more obvious. (These photos were reduced to accommodate the slow, dial-up connections of that time. A lot of the details don’t show up in these dramatically economized photos.)
Then there are the orbs themselves. These other orbs aren’t close to the holiday lights. The false orb — shown at the top of this article — is directly on top of the light source. Since the light is less than an inch tall and only slightly reflective, it’s unlikely that it would cause orbs many feet away.
In addition, we have hundreds of photos taken around holiday lights this year. (Katy is a popular destination at Christmas, due to lots of spectacular light displays.)
If those tiny light bulbs regularly caused false orbs, we’d know it.
There are few “sure things” in ghost hunting, with our current understanding of phenomena. However, we’re fairly certain that the orb above was caused by the holiday light it encircles.
Because it could be a factor, don’t overlook small lights and the orbs near them. There might be a connection.