Banksy in Time


A stencil artist came to town one year and trusted his creations to the vagaries of time. Yesterday, Banksy speeded up time as a stencil painting was bought at auction: here today in lust, gone today in shreds.

The eye of the camera is keeping time.

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

orb photo Alpine Arizona

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.

orb photo Alpine Arizona

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.

orb photo by Cheyenne MacMasters

Murmuring orbs in trees say goodnight.

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

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:

Night of Orbs


It was a night like any other night at the ranch. Dark. Perfect for an orb quest.


Here’s one that just got away. It shone brilliantly in my view screen as my camera lit up the night.


Orbs in the night.

And then it happened.


Suddenly every orb wants to know what the fuss is about.


Not every night an orb gets to see a camera flash.


When you quest for orbs, they like to check you out.


So funny to see trees illumined when shooting blind in the night.


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


Just another night at the ranch.

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: