In the Fall of 1992,
while living in Manhattan Beach, I photographed the strange sequence
of UFO images above. It was about mid-afternoon and I was in my
back yard looking up in the sky to the east. The sun was on the
west side of the house and I was standing in the shade. A strong
on-shore breeze was blowing inland from the Pacific Ocean.
What ads to the mystery
is the fact that I was looking for UFOs that day. It didn't take
long before I sighted something... a bright, white balloon. I watched
the balloon for a few minutes then suddenly realized it wasn't moving
with the wind? In fact, it wasn't moving at all!
I decided to quickly
step inside and grab my binoculars. Unfortunately all I could find
was a camera with a telephoto lens. I grabbed the camera and dashed
back out side.
The balloon was still
in the same spot. While sighting the object in my camera I decided
to take some pictures of it to compare with "real" UFO
pictures. I lowered the camera to wind the film... then looked back
up and noticed the balloon was getting closer. It was now moving
against the breeze towards me?
I focused and centered
my lens on the balloon and snapped a picture. Wind, focus, shoot.
Wind, focus, shoot. Wind focus, shoot. That was when the balloon
stopped directly over head. I decided to snap a few more shots as
it lingered there for at least a minute before moving away - only
now it was now going the other direction with the wind! I watched
the balloon quickly drift off to the east and wondered how it could
have defied the strong ocean breeze?
A few weeks later, I
took my film to be developed. When the slides were ready, I picked
them up and placed them on a lightbox to examine them. I was expecting
to see quite a few images of a rather plain, white balloon in the
sky. However, as I scanned through the slides I instead saw the
sequence of UFO images below.
Here is the sequence
here for more images of UFOs and balloon-shaped spheres