Chasing the Blue Moon in White Sands, New Mexico


It’s been four years since I last rode in the Blue Moon hot air balloon. She has a new pilot now, Dan Ewer, carrying on the tradition of former pilot, Roy Walz, flying over White Sands.


We could photograph the sky from the ground, but not photograph the ground from the sky. White Sands is a protected area.


There’s a song for the above picture. But first we must get there.




And, the chase is on.



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Pretty good run for a windy day.


We’re a well tutored crew.


How the air gets out of a hot air balloon.

Appearing at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2016: The Blue Moon.

All photos (c) Cheyenne MacMasters 2016

Orbs attend Hot Air Ballooning at White Sands, New Mexico


This is the scene a week ago today at 5:30 a.m. in White Sands, New Mexico. Most of us awoke to alarm clocks at 3:45 a.m. (that’s 2:45 a.m. if you’re still on Arizona time, but who’s counting?).


Families are already gathered to have some fun sliding down the gypsum dunes. The bright light in the upper left is the full moon.


Saluting the dawn.


Hot Air Balloon pilots and their crews gather to hear the latest weather reports and restrictions when flying over White Sands.


Three  biodegradable pie balls are released for the pilots’ reading of the wind.


And, the show  begins.



Too windy for the blue and white balloon.



We’ll be taking off now.


Time to get to work. My pilot has been watching the balloons on this windy day, not all were able to ascend. But he’s decided we can get ready for flight. In my next post I’ll be chasing the Blue Moon.

All photos (c) Cheyenne MacMasters 2016

Orbs Flock to Hot Air Balloon Glow


Orbs attend Hot Air Balloon Glow in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

If you’ve learned anything about orbs since following my blog, you know they love a party.


And, that’s what the 25th Annual White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational put on for the city of Alamogordo, New Mexico last Saturday night.





Clouds of orbs blocked the view of hot air balloons rising above the park.


See you at White Sands for the mass ascent of the hot air balloons in tomorrow’s post.

All photos (c) Cheyenne MacMasters 2016

Homeward Orbs

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What Orbs Look Like at 55mph

Driving home from Alpine, Arizona it’s finally dark enough to open the window and take some flash photos hoping for orbs.

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Yucca stalk with Orbs

Now this is fun, trying to synchronize my flash with the yucca stalks I see coming our way.

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Yuccas and the Orbs

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Orb and the Bush

Sometimes you can really perceive the depth of the orb.

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Welcoming Orbs

My neighborhood orbs, we’re almost home, slowing around the hairpin turn.

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Triangle Orb

Home at last. The agave is beginning to bloom. And good old triangle orb is on the upper left as usual.

Forest Orbs

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First Orb of the Evening

Going out into the night to see if orbs will appear, I center myself in quietness. This image  made me smile at first flash. I now see a second orb of blue in the tree branches.

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Faint Orb on Left

It was a night of solo orbs, some pairs floating above the tree tops. I chose this photo simply because I like that craggy branch on the right.

orb photo Alpine Arizona

Feels Like Christmas Orbs

Looks like the party of orbs shifted this evening from the forest to the woods bordering the road. I count about 40 in this photo.

orb photo Alpine Arizona

Bright Orb

One photo more and the party has dispersed. Could the bright orb in this image be the same that was higher in the center of the party photo?

I’ll be orb questing again tonight. I recommend that you do the same.

Orb Quest Tonight

orb photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

It has been too long since I went questing for orbs, but with a friend in town we treated ourselves to a flash adventure on the town.

orb photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

Neighborly greetings were shared with the orbs.

orb photo by Cheyenne MacMasters 2014

A castle entrance highlighted passing orbs.

orb photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

Orbs flocked to the Mermaid Castle ponds.

orb photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

A vacant lot not so vacant.

orb photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

Revisiting a favorite haunt of orbs and friends.

orb photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

Electrical lines humming with orbs.

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Murmuring orbs in trees say goodnight.

Thank goodness for friends who say yes! to an evening’s quest for orbs.

Orbs of a Lingering Moon


It was the night of a lingering Full Moon.


If you squint your eyes you almost see orbs.


Yet orbs are there to see.


Orbs dance into view.


Ghostly in their appearance.


You’ve attracted light beings.


Including Good Old Teardrop in upper left.


They send their brightest.


To shine upon you.

Lower your contrasts, and open your shadows, and you will see.

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:

Orbs Attend the Night


It was a night of quiet celebration, the birth of a young man 31 years ago.


Poetry was attended by orbs unheralded yet rejoiced.


Realities were questioned as Castaneda was lauded.


It is the Moon rising in the East in this reality of seen and unseen.


Lower your contrast and open your shadows and you will see the unseen.

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:

Guest finds Orbs in the Rain

At my recent talk and slide show about orbs at the Bisbee Library, one of the people who attended brought photos and videos of orbs she has taken at her home. Since I am still on vacation from blogging and at the same time have always welcomed guest orb photographers, this will be a good opportunity to see what others are discovering in their quests for orbs.

Introducing the orbs who appeared to Antoinette Perez:

orb photo copyright Antoinette Perez 2013

Antoinette: my 3rd photo experience with the Orbs. Was in my back yard sitting in our Patio, it was raining that day. I was very relaxed enjoying the colors of our garden. I saw the Orbs up close in my camera that was an awesome feeling that I had.

orb photo copyright Antoinetee Perez 2013 Antoinette: I had called Rev. Dottie & Al Heindl from Metamorphosis Spiritual Center to do a cleansing with burn sage to remove any negative energy around my house. That was in Feb 2013. Funny thing she didn’t feel anything negative in our home. Our youngest daughter ask me to take photos in the house to see if we can spot more Orbs. I was afraid the cleansing might had made the Orbs leave. Took a photo and there was my Orb light greenish color…..I was so happy to see them again…..LOL

orb photo copyright Antoinette Perez 2013 Antoinette: I had friends who was visiting me and was inquisitive about the Orbs and ask me to take a photo. I was so eager to show her 2 Orbs a month ago June 2013 above our coffee table. I have mentioned to you that I can speak to them and they follow my instructions.

Antoinette has also taken videos of orbs speeding through her house. It is always interesting to see how the orbs move and how frequently they appear dashing through the videos. Many thanks to Antoinette for sharing her enthusiasm for orbs with us.

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:

Orbs and the Poets

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Once again, Logan Dirtyverbs Phillips brought Palabra Andante to the Bisbee Royale. Poets gathered in hopes of being one of the twelve chosen to read by lottery. Logan is a highly energetic fellow who created energy snake patterns in the air the first time I posted this event. Don’t miss him in the last photo of this post.

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Suzi Pretty was her usual dry witted self who drew in the orbs as well as the crowd.

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Sarita Gonzales, our guest star poet from Tucson. If you like peanut butter, you might not want to hear this poem. Her flawless memorization was truly a performance to appreciate. The orbs certainly found amusement in her presentation.

orbs Patricia (c) Cheyenne MacMasters 2013

Orbs also hung on the words of Patricia’s tale of overcooked vegetables.

orbs Matt (c) Cheyenne MacMasters 2013

Matt’s commanding read of a Geri DiGiorno poem really caught the orbs attention. They must have recognized poet laureate quality.

orbs Ruby (c) Cheyenne MacMasters 2013

Ruby’s finely crafted poem also received orb attentiveness.

orbs Thayer (c) Cheyenne MacMasters 2013

Thayer won the coveted baker’s dozen place at the podium with an earthy poem about God at the grocery store. Not only did the orbs line up to listen, but Logan experienced an energetic shift. What was that all about?

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: