Amazing UFO Over Washington State

Posted by Scott McMan | April 16, 2013 17

My daily venture over to the MUFON reports yesterday yielded an interesting find. I can honestly say, I’ve never seen a UFO quite like this one.

City: Cougar, WA
Case: 46777
Event Date: 07/25/2011
Submitted: 04/14/2013

Short Description:

I saw this objects shape, bright white, green bluish lights emanating and a series of dark spots forming a band from side to side

Photos are as follows:



On July 25, 2011 I was in Swift Forest Camp, located in Swift Lake Reservoir, Skamania County in Washington State. It was around 8:45 pm while I was sitting by the lake, the sun started to set.
I ran back to my campsite to retrieve my camera, then ran back to the lake shore, by the time I got the camera ready to photograph the sunset, I was only able to take one photo before the sun disappeared behind the mountains.
The scenary was beautiful so I decided to take some photos.
The sky had turned fairly dark except in the lower part of the horizon where I could still see the fainting suns glow and the outline of the mountains and trees. It was a clear night and there was nothing visible in the sky.

While viewing the photos , I noticed a bright object high above the mountains outline, this object was not visible when I took the photos.
I was puzzled so naturally, I decided to look closer and using a graphics program, I enlarged them to get a better look, I dont remember the last time my jaw dropped the way it did when I saw this objects shape, bright white, green bluish lights emanating and a series of dark spots forming a band from side to side, there is an orange-yellow glow in the lower side as if the sun was reflecting off some kind of metallic surface.
This thing seem to be invisible to the naked eye and only showed in the photos.
It does not look like any conventional aircraft I’m familiar with, what’s more, it appeared to be moving, judging by its position in relation to the mountains below it.
Ive attached the three photographs to this e-mail.

As I often point out, keeping a watchful eye out for hoaxes on the MUFON Reporting Database is not only a good idea, it’s a must. Anyone who checks the reports from day to day knows that names and contact information is never available. Furthermore, my contacts at MUFON won’t say a word about ongoing investigations. Therefore, as of this year, I have mandated myself to do as much media analysis as possible prior to posting on anything from MUFON. That’s not to say I didn’t do my due diligence before, but in past years my access to certain tools was limited. Of course I can’t catch everything, but at least I can eliminate examples which are suspect.

That said, I did take the final photo above and enlarge the object as you can see below:


I spent about 30 minutes scanning the enlarged photo as well as the others until I was satisfied. Then came one final analysis with an error correction program. Here is the result of that error correction:


Based on error correction, we can say with almost 100% certainty that the object in question has not been added, nor has there been any layering attempted. For those who don’t understand, if there were any layering or manipulation, the correction would show the offender as a much lighter blotch. While we can see the faint shape of the object, it still blends into the background. That tells me it’s legitimate.

Now, what are we seeing? For all intent and purpose, it’s a UFO my friends. I’d love to say it’s some sort of interstellar ship, but I wasn’t able to go on board.

If anyone has something to add, by all means, speak up in the comments below.

Thanks to the MUFON Case Management System for content provided.

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17 Responses

  • I am highly suspicious of “invisible to the naked eye and only showed in the photos.” Cameras work with light, plain and simple and the human eye is much more sensitive in low light conditions unless you have your camera set to a low light setting, which he probably would not if he were taking photos of a sunset.

    Anyway, invisible to the eye but visible in camera sounds a lot like dust on the lens.

  • Scott_McMan

    Henry, I think they were there and the person just didn’t see them.

  • Certainly a possibility

  • Scott_McMan

    I should have said JMO as I don’t know anything for sure.

  • Druscilla Alix Tempest

    Regarding due diligence, has anyone plugged the location and time into Stellarium to see what star, or planet this might be?

    There’s other ambiguous dots in the other photos that don’t show in others as well. Did the photographer use the typical Walmart grade camera set on auto where the flash popped, possibly catching some out of focus bugs?

    What’s the EXIF data, if any, say about shutter speed which could further implicate a motion blurred object close to camera like a bug, or simply a star or planet motion blurred due naturally occurring hand shake?
    Edit: The trees look a bit laterally motion blurred too, for instance, and EXIF data says the photo was taken at 1/30 (a slow shutter speed). with Flash ON, using a Polaroid i639 (POS point and shoot camera).

    Additionally, the EXIF data says the photo was taken at 1:52AM. That’s far far away from sunset, so, the time may be off on the camera, or, correct, and the horizon glow could be city light pollution where the ambiguous light subject is just a motion blurred star, like which usually shows blues, reds, and yellows, and is quite often, like Venus, misidentified as a UFO.

    I don’t see anything special or remarkable about these photos.

    Like any other entirely ambiguous spot of light showing up in photos, it could be anything, as well as nothing.

  • Scott_McMan

    Whoa! I do what I can within my ability and that is examining the photos and putting them thru an visual editor.

    I am the first to say that I am no photographic expert, not by a long shot. However, I am learning and I will pick up more and more skills as I go along.

    In the meantime, you are welcome to do any sort of analysis you like. In fact, I welcome it and if you feel you have the skills necessary to handle areas that I’m not versed in, I’d love to be able to pass photos by you prior to publication. If you are interested email me: [email protected]

    Thanks for the input, very informative.

  • Rmon

    Perfect fit. Also, it explains why he/she did not notice it in real time.

  • Scott_McMan

    Man! I thought it was something like that!

  • alanborky

    First of all Scott to my eyes at least your bullet formed enlargement’s not very representative of the object’s actual shape which has much more of a cross sectioned Cherry Bakewell pie look to the dgree it even seems to have a bright red ‘cherry’ region atop it.

    It also seems to me you’ve not only trimmed away the green hued light radiating out either side which becomes all the more pronounced on left side if you look at it with your peripheral vision but you also seem to’ve made the bluish purple light radiating along the top and reddish orange light radiating along the bottom appear part of the actual structure.

    Then again maybe it is!

    But if you look at your enlargement using your colour inverter though you’ll see there’s at least two circular forms running along its length which may be some sort of viewing portals or maybe something akin to aeroplane id numerals.

  • Scott_McMan

    I tried to keep it as original as possible to what the person claims to have seen.

    You have some great points though and I do appreciate all input, thanks.

  • Moke

    Interesting photos for sure, but I couldn’t help wonder why there was no reflection on the water of the object.

  • Scott_McMan

    What makes you think it’s over the water? And even if it was, how do you know there’s not a reflection that you just can’t see?

    Thanks for the observation though as I value these opinions.

  • Jeni Jive

    For some reason it seems like there should really be a reflection in the water. I think Im leaning towards bug reflecting off close by lights. That would explain why it wasnt visable outside the pictures. Who would notice a bug?

  • There seem to be a number of other items which could be stars. When taking a photo in low light, the camera will have a longer shutter speed, so items like stars can streak a few mm in only 3-4 seconds. Unfortunately the image has been stripped of all data, so it is impossible to see the settings used when the photo was taken.

    There seems to be a blue item close to the item you highlighted. I added some pics I created with a zoomed circle next to the blue item.

  • whipthorn

    The sharp edge on the left side would lean me more towards a light relfection than projected light, which would give off a softer edge, in my opinion.

  • Ashley

    So I have a similar story at the same location. Except mine was June of 2009. Saw the exact same object hovering above Mt St Helens except myself and about ten others watched this object with our naked eye for over an hour (before i freaked out and went back to our campsite) I describe it to nonbelievers as an object that was hovering in the sky like a fly, very jerky in it’s movements and no distinct flight pattern. This thing flew from one side of my peripheral vision to the other, went behind the mountain and came back out.. it was all over the place. The pictures above are EXACTLY what I saw with my naked eye. Exactly

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