The following is an account which includes a collection of personal photographs by the author of this website. The photos were taken on the evening of August 14th, 2004 but have been unpublished before this. In honour of Hallowe’en, I am rolling them out and offering them for your judgement.
I’m not a big supporter of ghost orb photos because they are so easily explained by simple things such as dust particles or lense flare. What gives these photos more credibility, in my opinion, are the progression you can see between shots.
MacDonald Farm is a restored, stone Georgian farmhouse which dates to about 1820. The builder was Alexander MacDonald who had been born in Scotland and moved to North America during the American Revolutionary period, eventually arriving to settle in Bartibog, New Brunswick, along the Miramichi River. If I recall correctly, he and his wife raised close to a dozen children in this house.
I am unaware of specific reports of hauntings or strange activity on the farm. As far as historical points of interest go, I believe hearing at one time that one of the children, a young boy, suffered a dramatic and premature death on the premises when lightning struck the house. It travelled down the chimney and formed into ball lightning which then struck the boy, killing him.
MacDonald Farm now has a visitor’s information centre along the highway but to access the farm itself, you have to hike a short distance through a woods road. It was dusk when we went in and pitch black when we came out. Myself and one other companion were in to visit a friend who was there enjoying an encampment for his historical reenactment group. Three of them were staying the night and the tents you may see in the photos were theirs.
The first photo was taken at 8:48 p.m. as we cleared the woods, having taken a slightly incorrect path due to the encroaching darkness. We exited the treeline along the tall grass which led down to a marsh. The photo above seems to show the first of the orbs. I was initially tempted to pass it off as the result of mist, but the following two photos made me reconsider.
For orb fans, the next two shots are probably the most extraordinary. Again, I’ve included them to show that if there was dust or dirt on the lense that caused them, it was completely gone in the next shot, taken almost immediately after the first. These shots were taken at 8:53 and 8:54, respectively.
I am very eager to entertain second opinions on these photos and what they may show. If anyone is familiar with MacDonald Farm and has any personal experiences, I would equally love to hear them. The photos you see here represent the bulk of what was taken. It simply got too dark after this to achieve any useful pictures. If given the opportunity in the future, I would like to go back and explore the site further with more equipment and time.