Anomalous Forms



There are several types of anomalous forms that some consider paranormal in nature, and others like to think they are naturally occurring phenomena. Due to this fact we must insure that we investigate the evidence thoroughly. Look for any natural or man made causes. Remember, debunk, debunk, debunk…I’d rather toss out an actual paranormal event, than extend bogus evidence and ruin the reputation of the group, field and myself.

 Orbs: Orbs are circles or balls of light that may be visible to the naked eye or might only appear on media such as video or still photos. But what are these things? No one really knows for sure. Most “experts” only refer to orbs caught on media that are invisible to the naked eye, how-ever, they will not talk about the orbs that are seen by the naked eye, and act intelligently because this phenomena would blow their credibility out of the water.

Per the skeptics and also the all knowing Ghost hunters out there that exclaim “All Orbs are natural!”,  That they are the result of light reflections and flares.  A flare occurs when a camera is pointed toward a bright light source.  Photographers are well acquainted with this common optic effect, which can result in a six-sided Orb image, or the color spectrum.  Other naturally explained photographic Orb images result from dust, pollen, snow, ice crystals, rain or other moisture, which are illuminated at close range by a camera flash.  These particles can appear large and far away, but this is an optical illusion, since they are literally right in front of the camera lens.  These Orbs have no life or intelligence.  They are simply light reflections of tiny particles right in front of the camera lens.

New Age” followers and spiritualists of all kinds, recognize the Orbs are not lifeless dust or moisture.  They believe these unexplainable circles of light are supernatural, “paranormal” life forms, spiritual in nature.  Some believe the Orbs are the souls of dead people, trapped between dimensions. Others believe the Orbs are unique life-forms such as ghosts, spirit guides or angels.  Some even believe they are some type of UFO or space aliens.

Unusual Orb images are suddenly appearing, often in great quantity, when they were not in the previous photographs taken seconds before, even though all the environmental and photographic conditions are exactly the same. To assume that invisible, common dust or moisture particles floating in the air, right in front of the camera lens, are all able to suddenly be the exact perfect distance, at the exact same moment to create reflected Orb image, when none were there seconds before is highly improbable and illogical. The Orbs appear to range in size from several millimeters, to three meters in diameter. Photographs taken in sequence can be completely normal with no Orbs, and then the scene is suddenly filled with one to hundreds of these strange bubbles, with no changes in the atmospheric conditions.  Orbs of light are being photographed indoors and outdoors, in total darkness and in daylight, at locations all over the world, with all kinds of cameras and flashes.  To most people, the Orbs are totally invisible to the “naked eye”, and are only revealed when a camera flash or strobe light is used.  However, I know of a number of people who can see them with their naked eyes.

Even so, the best explanation that is being forwarded by those who refuse to consider a supernatural explanation is that all Orbs are simply dust or moisture right in front of the camera.  They refuse to consider any other paranormal or supernatural explanations. In a frantic effort to provide an explanation that is not “supernatural”, some people are presenting theories that the unexplainable Orbs are similar to “Ball Lightning”, and can only be explained with Quantum Physics, electromagnetic fields, plasma energy, electrons and photons.  Some have coined the word, “Unified Field Plasmoids” to identify the strange Orbs of light.  However, real science has not proved any of these theories true.

The problem facing “anti-supernatural” skeptics, scientists and photography experts is that simple, logical explanations don’t fit.  For example, a photograph of a partially hidden Orb (one that is behind a person or object) should be impossible to take.  These rare photographs completely negate the “tiny particle theory.” I have shot many photos myself that show Orbs behind people, objects and coming through walls!

Many professional photographers and photo lab technicians are candidly admitting in private that they are unable to satisfactorily explain the circular balls of light, which suddenly show up in some photographs. This is because many of the Orb photographs, from all kinds of cameras, film and digital, don’t match the commonly recognized image reflection patterns of dust, pollen, moisture or camera lens light flares.


Ectoplasmic Mists or Fogs: Coined by a French scientists named Charles Richet in 1894, to explain a third arm that allegedly appeared from a medium named Eusapia Palladino, “ectoplasm” came from the Greek words of “ekto” and “plasma”, meaning “exteriorized substance” In its pure form, ectoplasm resembles white, transparent mucus. While spirit energy may form mists, ectoplasm is the derivative of an attempted manifestation similar to water condensation. It can adhere to objects, while becoming quite viscous in texture and damp in appearance. Although a theoretical substance, scientists would consider ectoplasm akin to plasma because of its highly volatile state.

Some believe that ectoplasm is un-condensed spirit energy that has simply not yet formed into orbs or another anomaly. Many ghost hunters find this theory to be the most plausible!

Another plausible theory is that ectoplasm is residual spirit energy that is left behind from a spirit that was recently in the area of where the photo was taken

Another theory is that ectoplasm could be electro-magnetic energy from the Earth but I don’t go by this theory. It has been reported that electromagnetic fields are typically their strongest during lunar cycles and are usually not otherwise strong enough “energy-wise” to be caught on film. If the electro-magnetic theory is true then why so many AUTHENTIC ectoplasm photos taken at times that do not coincide with strong lunar tides? I’ll let the skeptics answer that one!

No matter how spooky, ghostly and convincing many ecto photos may be, there is one question that always “haunts” us…. What if it was just fog? However, several hundred photos can be taken amongst us during an investigation before one of us capture a single ecto photo. It will be there for one picture then it will be gone without a trace. Additionally, ecto photos are very far and few between. We can do 10 or more investigations, indoors and out, in all sorts of weather conditions without seeing a single trace of ecto in our photos. Though we haven’t yet been fortunate enough to ever capture any indoor ecto photos during any of our investigations, we have seen plenty of them that others have captured in weather conditions where it could not have been caused by breath. Regardless, there is always that little bit of doubt,

The skeptics have a ball with mists and ectoplasm. Its either cigarette smoke or cold breath caught on flash and most of the time this is true but not always. Common sense has to come into play. Its best not to smoke at all but any hunter knows that you don`t smoke while on an investigation. There are many ideas as to what causes ectoplasm or mist out there and the most current is that in Physics energy being moved would assume is natural shape of a sphere while in motion and when it stops the change in motion rearanges the atoms and they spread futher apart and can form into an image of something or someone for a short time .These Orbs can be detected with thermal scanning devices and EMF readings.

Clearly, the key thing we need to remember is, ALL types of fog form when the relative humidity reaches 100% and the air temperature drops below the dewpoint, pushing it lower by forcing the water vapor to condense. Fog can form suddenly, and can dissipate just as rapidly, depending on what side of the dewpoint the temperature is on.

Fog is a cloud in contact with the ground. It occurs when moisture from the surface of the Earth evaporates; as this evaporated moisture moves upward, it cools and condenses into the familiar phenomenon of fog. Fog differs from cloud only in that fog touches the surface of the Earth, while clouds do not. Fog reduces visibility. Although some forms of transport can penetrate fog using radar, road vehicles have to travel slowly and use more lights. Localized fog is especially dangerous, as drivers can be caught by surprise. Fog is particularly hazardous at airports, where some attempts have been made to develop methods (such as using heating or spraying salt particles) to aid fog dispersal. These methods enjoy some success at temperatures below freezing.


Types of Fog

Fog can form in a number of ways, depending on how the cooling that caused the condensation occurred:

Radiation Fog: Radiation fog is formed by the cooling of land after sunset by thermal (infrared) radiation in calm conditions with clear sky. The cool ground then produces condensation in the nearby air by heat conduction. In perfect calm the fog layer can be less than a metre deep but turbulence can promote a thicker layer. Radiation fog is common in autumn and usually does not last long past sunrise.

Ground Fog: Ground fog is fog that obscures less than 60% of the sky and does not extend to the base of any overhead clouds. However, the term is sometimes used to refer to radiation fog.

Advection Fog: Advection fog occurs when moist air passes over cool ground by advection (wind) and is cooled. This form is most common at sea when tropical air encounters cooler higher-latitude waters. It is also extremely common as a warm front passes over an area with significant snowpack.

Steam Fog: Steam fog, also called evaporation fog, is the most localized form and is created by cold air passing over much warmer water or moist land. Water vapor quickly enters the atmosphere by evaporation and condensation occurs once the dewpoint has been reached, thus creating a wispy steam. Steam fog is most common in polar regions, and around deeper and larger lakes in late autumn and early winter. It is closely related to lake-effect snow and lake-effect rain, and often causes freezing fog, or sometimes hoar frost.

Salt Fog: Salt fog (or salt-fog) is characteristic of coastal atmospheres; the water droplets of this form of fog, formed by evaporated seawater, carry in solution microscopic particles of salt. It is best known as the airborne cause of corrosion of objects by salt with which coastal inhabitants have to contend. This problem is a major reason why engineering reliability laboratories offer salt-fog or airborne salt corrosion simulation tests.

Precipitation fog: Precipitation fog (or frontal fog) forms as precipitation falls into drier air below the cloud, the liquid droplets evaporate into water vapor. The water vapor cools and at the dewpoint it condenses and fog forms.

Upslope fog: Upslope fog forms when winds blow air up a slope (called orographic lift), adiabatical cooling it as it rises, and causing the moisture in it to condense. This often causes freezing fog on mountaintops, where the cloud ceiling would not otherwise be low enough.

Valley fog: Valley fog forms in mountain valleys, often during winter. It is the result of a temperature inversion caused by heavier cold air settling into the valley, with warmer air passing over the mountains above. It is essentially radiation fog confined by local topography, and can last for several days in calm conditions. In California’s Central Valley, Valley fog is often referred to as Tule fog.

Ice fog: Ice fog is any kind of fog where the droplets have frozen into extremely tiny crystals of ice in midair. Generally this requires temperatures well below the freezing point, making it common only in and near the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Extremely small amounts of this falling from the sky form a type of precipitation called ice crystals, often reported in Barrow, Alaska.

Freezing fog: Freezing fog occurs when liquid fog droplets freeze to surfaces, forming white rime ice. This is very common on mountaintops which are exposed to low cloud. It is equivalent to freezing rain, and essentially the same as the ice that forms inside a freezer which is not of the “frostless” or “frost-free” type.

Artificial fog: Artificial fog is artificially generated fog that is usually created by vaporizing a water and glycol-based or glycerine-based fluid. The fluid is injected into a heated block, and evaporates quickly. The resulting pressure forces the vapor out of the exit. Upon coming into contact


 Apparition: Some use this term to describe a ghost. I am myself guilty of this error. An apparition is actually considered a dark object or being, if seen in the dark it is darker than dark, sometimes shapeless, and other times in humanoid form. An example of this is what is known as a shadow person. These beings have been caught on still and video footage, they move with a purpose. At other times, they might just stand there, as if studying you. Sometimes this can be created in a film camera by either processing errors, the camera body or film cartridge  has a light leak. 


 Vortice or Vortex: Vortexes are areas of high energy concentrations, originating from magnetic, spiritual, or sometimes unknown sources. Additionally they are considered to be gateways or portals to other realms, both spiritual and dimensional. Vortexes typically exist where there are strong concentrations of gravitational anomalies, in turn creating an environment that can defy gravity, bend light, scare animals, twist plant life into contorted shapes, and cause humans to feel strange. Many vortexes have been shown to be associated with Ley Lines and have been found to be extremely strong at node points where the lines cross. Worldwide, the Great Pyramid in Eygpt and Stonehenge in England are perhaps the most well known as centers of vortex activity, lesser known the Gog and Magog Hills. Often overlooked, not known, or discounted as vortex influences, but equally as powerful and fully interrelated in the overall scheme of things, are Personal Body Vortexes and solar or Sun Votrexes, discussed as well further on.

Besides the worldwide sites mentioned above there are quite powerful vortexes in the United States. The most notable being the Oregon Vortex, Mount Shasta Vortex, and the four Sedona, Arizona vortexes. Superstition Mountain, Arizona is also the home of vortexes. However, unlike the previous three which are more or less permanent, easily sought out and experienced by crowds of tourists, lay persons, and New Agers, the vortexes in the Superstition Mountains, although equally as powerful or maybe even more so, are much more mysterious, subtle, and depend on the coming together of certain, but not always known to all, conditions. Also considered by some as vortex hot spots, and coincidentally, ALL in Arizona for some reason, are certain areas of the Grand Canyon, Sunset Crater, and the 50,000 year old meteorite impact site known as Meteor Crater.

Smaller versions can be caught on camera these Vortexes can appear as long streaks of light that are usually solid. These are similar to Streaks but are thought to be an orb moving at a very high speed, thus appearing as a solid white line. Many pictures show this streak of light reversing its course and going back the way it came.. A camera strap around the wrist can easily make its way in front of the lens. When the flash hits it, no matter what color the strap is, it gets bleached white. Be careful when taking pictures.


Streaks These streaks appear yellow or blue in color, and look very much like bolts of lightning. They appear to be short, about 1 to 3 meters in length, and sometimes light up the surrounding area within a foot or two. These have been photographed but as far as I know, no one has actually witnessed one. Through photography experiments, we have determined that the vast majority of these types are not ghosts, or a paranormal phenomenon at all. They are a product of a long exposure/slow shutter speed. How-ever, when you have streaks in the picture going in different directions and the remainder of the image is solid and not blurred that theory is a no go.


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