Spirit Orbs, Mists and other Strange Anomaly in the Barn

UPDATE 3/18/2011:

Upon returning to the barn, late on the evening of the 16th, one of our investigators reported seeing the male apparition, in full body form.  A very cold air swirl past her, which made the hair on her arms stand up.  She turned and saw him walking down the breeze way, away from her. She described him as wearing a long dark coat, and a wide brim, flat top hat. He turned the corner, and disappeared. After the sighting, our investigator reports feeling agitated, uneasy and angry.  She finished putting her horse away for the night, and left the barn.

Additional plans are being made to conduct a video investigation in the coming weeks.

On Friday, March 11, 2011 an investigation was conducted at a private barn in Marin County, California.  Horse owners at the barn had reported strange happenings that include; shadow people, phantom cigarette smoke (smoking is prohibited in the barn), and a presence that does not respect personal space.  Several years earlier, a woman died in a car accident, where she drove off the road on the edge of the property. She struggled to free herself from the wreckage, but perished before rescuers could find her.  People in at the ranch believe her spirit may contribute to the paranormal activity.

The owner of the barn requested that we not disclose the exact location or name of the ranch, which we will respect.

We began at 9PM, on a still and clear evening, with a yellow moon high in the sky, and the horses settled down for the night.  Tonight, we were accompanied by a Sensitive, who keeps her horse in the barn, she reported being touched, and observing dark, shadow people, as well as a man wearing a duster and hat. I noticed right away a calm, and eerie quiet in the barn as we began to take photographs, and use our digital voice recorder.

Now granted, barns are usually quite dusty, so many of the “orbs” we photographed could be debunked as particulate matter in the air. However, we captured some orbs giving off extraordinary light and color.  We also captured misty ectoplasm and in one instance, we witnessed (yet did not capture) an intelligent light anomaly that reflected red in the focus beam of my digital camera, as it darted in and out of the view finder.

We all agreed that the presence was male, and the odor of cigarette smoke was evident at one point. The energy seemed benevolent in nature, as the horses were calm and peaceful despite the digital flashes. Although we could not illicit an intelligent audible response to our questions, we did observe dark shadows ahead of us as we moved about in the pitch black breeze way.

The first mist that was captured was a bit startling, as it manifested so quickly with a density that was unexpected.  It also disappeared as quickly.  These two images were taken less than 10 seconds apart, and as you can see, the mist had dissipated entirely.

A fully manifested ectoplasm appeared directly in front of the camera.

The fully manifested mist had disappeared within 10 seconds of the first image.

(We tested the possibility of our breath being the cause of this extraordinary mist, and we were unable to recreate the same effect).

Outside, the air was still, so the presence of false orbs, due to dust and water vapor in the air was much more evident.  However, I captured this lacy, fine mist, hovering near one of the pole paddocks connected to the interior stalls.

This fine, lacy mist appeared near one of the pole paddocks. Notice the increase of dust in the air.

I experienced an odd malfunction with my digital camera on more than one occasion during this investigation, when the camera could not focus momentarily.  I believe this was due to unseen movement or electromagnetic  interference.  This is an example of such an occurrence.  The two images were taken within 5 seconds of each other

Out of focus image.

In focus image, seconds later

Here are two images of orbs which do not appear to be dust or other air pollution.  The one near the office door, struck me with its glow and intensity. The second image appears to be a photograph of rare twin orbs.

Orb near office door

Rare twin orbs

Finally, I captured this long, wispy mist that reaches nearly 8′ tall near a tack trunk in the breeze way. This area seemed ripe with activity. Perhaps due to a quarantine area of the barn.

Mist near tack trunk in quarantine area of the barn

This investigation did not produce apparitions or definitive voice phenomenon. It did, however, show evidence of a presence that moved about freely, and at times intelligently.

There will be a follow-up investigation at this location in the near future.