Orbs of Stonehenge

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/