Still, an “orb-a-phile” will defend the honor of his or her orb pictures to the bitter end. Usually, they will explain there are balls of light that are seen with naked eye which illuminate from out-of-nowhere, then disappear just as suddenly. Sometimes they slowly streak across the sky. Other times they will hover in midair. There is no explanation for this sort of phenomenon and therefore orbs are considered paranormal.
While the reports of these sorts of orbs are unexplainable, they are somewhat rare and pictures of them are hard to come by. The popular belief is that these sorts of orbs are not ghosts, but balls of excess concentrated energy from the Earth. While they look cool, they may not be of paranormal nature.
Others believe the anomalous lights are the beginnings of a spirit. The photographer catches the burst of energy caused by the spirit before it forms into a full body specter. Why there is no picture of the actual apparition is questionable. How does a photograph pick up the burst of orb energy, but not the apparition itself?
The other point an “orb-a-phile” will argue is that they felt a “presence” of a spirit right before they took the picture and that is when they caught the orb. Personal experience should never be discounted, and it is a highly intriguing claim. Was there a ghost standing in the very spot when the picture was taken? Why did the ghost not show up picture? We will never know until humans become more evolved or someone creates a technology that will be able to undoubtedly track ghostly activity. In the interim there are many speculations as to why the presence is felt and only an orb remains. Or rather a refracted dust particle.
The common explanation suggests the spirit (unseen by the naked eye) stirred up the air in the spot where it was standing. So, you cannot see the apparition, only its effect onc the environment. Still, at the end of the day, a refracted piece of dust will remain a refracted piece of dust, and though personal experience has its own merits, it cannot be considered true evidence unless it’s backed up by something tangible. Unfortunately, if you pull out your orb explaining it’s the stirred up air of an apparition that didn’t show up in the picture, it might now go over so well.
Whether you believe in these claims or not, the average orb photo can be easily explained away and debunked as dust or moisture. It’s better to deal with other types of “evidence” that are less controversial and have some merit in the paranormal field. However, if you want to fight the good fight in the name of “orb-a-philes” everywhere, then snap those pictures and display them proudly. However, be prepared to be on the end of some heated criticism.