Orbs of Stonehenge

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Inspired by http://sethsnap.com/ who is doing a series of his England photos in his WordPress blog, I went looking through my files of photographs from my visit in 2009. I wasn’t on a quest for orbs back then, but my husband, Bruce MacMasters, caught some in his digital camera, so he is my guest orbist for this posting.

Our cameras were quite primitive in digital terms, but I’ve liked this photo so much I’ve done oil paintings of it and I always emphasize the large pale orb on the left in my paintings, making it an otherworldly mystery.

This was a Summer Solstice gathering of over 33,000 people, the largest that had ever come to Stonehenge at one time. I was expecting an “Om, I love you stone” kind of meditative reverie. Instead we arrived at the largest punk rock mosh pit that side of the Atlantic. Our many layers of clothing barely kept the cold at bay and the post midnight hours became an endurance contest to survive the chill of Salisbury Plain.

In this next photograph you can barely see the orbs after I’ve brightened the image and lowered the contrast:

On this darkest of nights, it was a challenge not to step or fall on the thousands huddled close to the Stones and sleeping in lapping waves around the circle.

Now of course I want to return for the next Solstice (is December too soon and cold?) to record the orbs who fly above the Stones.

To give you an idea how tightly we packed into the center of the circle:

The dawn that Solstice morning did not bring a flash of Sun into our patiently waiting mass.

We were all just happy to have been part of an immensity of mankind meets Stones experience and survived to tell the tale.

For those of you who are new to this blog or would like to revisit the explanation as to what orbs are, this might be of help: https://orbsdelight.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/closeup-on-orbs/

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About orbphotog

Born in the West, I studied photography and painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York City before being drawn back home to the open skies of western living. My camera is always close at hand to capture changing light and to record what catches my eye. However, it is my recent discovery of being able to see orbs through the medium of digital photography that has sparked my passion for photographing the night. All photographs in this blog are copyrighted by me. Occasional photos by guests are copyrighted by the photographer. Please contact if you would like to order prints.

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  1. Yes Stonehenge is place to find them.I took loads of photos last two Solstices.Very strange what i have captured.SeeMystery Orbs Stonehenge 2015 by Artalien i got hundreds from inside and outside the circle.Some with proper faces and skulls,please look and get back in touch with me.Thanks

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    • Just now found your comment on the orbs of Stonehenge. I wasn’t questing orbs the night of summer solstice I spent at Stonehenge so missed seeing the multitude that most of been there surfing on the constant beat of the drums and higher pitched sounds resounding off the Stones. Is this a book or a blog post, the Mystery Orbs of Stonehenge 2015 by Artalien? I’d love to see the photos.

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