Orbs of Tombstone

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As I was out walking the streets of Tombstone, I spied this man coming walking toward me. He asked what I was doing and thought I might be finding a ghost if I kept taking his photo. Then he turned to me and said, “You hoping to find those little white balls in your pictures?” Am I wearing a sticker on my forehead that says “orbphotog” ?! Then he advised me that I would have better luck down the street “at the corner”.

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Perhaps I did see a ghost as he walked away. The “little white balls” followed him hopefully.

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Down the street at the corner is the Bird Cage Theatre, a must see on any tour of Tombstone. And, he was right about the “little white balls”.

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Here’s a look at Tombstone from the end of the street.

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Perhaps the “little white balls” just enjoy corners.

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They certainly seem to enjoy saloons.

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Big Nose Kate’s Saloon with a “little white ball” above the stained glass window.

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The sky above Tombstone comes alive with orbs of “little white balls” as the evening darkens.

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Looks like a lovely place to spend the night.

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Since 1880 The Tombstone Epitaph newspaper, which covered Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. You can still subscribe to it at www.tombstoneepitaph.com

I’ll be returning to Tombstone tomorrow for the annual Tombstone Rose Festival. Here is a peep at the newly crowned Rose Queen standing beneath the world’s largest rose bush this evening with her family:

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The orbs agree!

For those of you who are new to this blog, or would like to refresh your memory as to what orbs are, perhaps this will help: https://orbsdelight.wordpress.com/2012/11/17/photographing-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. There’s something about the man in the first two photos…. Did you actually touch him to see if he had a physical body? 🙂 I love all the “little white balls” in the photos. Awesome.

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    • Thanks for your enjoyment, Susan. Unless the man just comes out at night, I’ll be looking for him today when I return to Tombstone. We stood about a foot apart and as he walked away my husband wondered if he might be a ghost.

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    • Good to hear from you, Uzoma. Perhaps I can bring back a portrait of the ghostly man when I return to Tombstone today. He’s got a piercing glance in his hollowed out face.

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  2. I see the Orbs have been busy since my last visit in February , I loved the tour of Tombstone too.. it seems its a hang out at that old Saloon 🙂 Hope you are well, and thank you for commenting upon my post..
    Take care and Happy snapping .. ~Sue

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  3. Fantastic pictures! That old cowboy was not “anyone”, my friend…., he did recognize you. Looks like the guy looking at the Big Nose kate’s window was looking right at the orb, and not at the glass window. Or perhaps the orb was looking at him? Wow, what a place, Tombstone!

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    • Thank you, Jacquie. I had just taken the photo of the man who seems to be looking at the orb when the old man approached and asked if I was looking for “little white balls”. He certainly had my number, as we like to say here. I am always pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the townspeople.

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  4. Such an interesting place…I hope to visit one day to get a closer look at those ‘orbs’! Orbs seem to be popping up everywhere in great quantities these days. Your blog is wonderful…thanks for visiting mine and for following!

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