It seems that, in almost every thread I read about UFOs and aliens (and other topics such as cryptids and ghosts) someone complains about the lack of
"Why do they always appear to the dummy who can't use his camera/camcorder?"
"Just once why can't someone who can hold a cam steady see a UFO?"
"Another blurry light that could be anything. Why can't we get any good clear pictures?"
and so on, and so forth.
Sometimes, while reading these comments, I am inclined to agree. Then something happened to me.
I live out in the country on 10 acres, and I have a small flock of chickens, ducks, and geese who roam freely over a good portion of our land. Well
over half of my land is heavily wooded, and there are parts of it we've never set foot on. Ever since a month or so after we moved in, my poultry
have been periodically disappearing. No blood, no feathers, no trace .. just gone! And it nearly always happens in the daytime. We've had lots of
theories and lots of experts, but no conclusive answer to what's getting free chicken dinners off of me.
Then, last Saturday, I was sitting right here at this computer reading ATS when I heard a chicken making sounds of distress and then something crash
into my living room window, which is about 6 feet off the ground. I jumped up and ran to the window just in time to catch a glimpse of a chicken
running/flapping around the corner of the house. When I looked to the left to see what it was running from, there was a bobcat standing just a few
feet away, outside my window. Having never seen a bobcat before, my first reaction was "OMG!! That has to be a BOBCAT!" I stood there and stared for
at least 15 seconds before my brain kicked in, and my next thought was "get the camera!!!" So I ran back to my desk, grabbed the camera, unzipped it
out of its case, and dashed back to the window. I snapped three pictures before it was gone. Here are the two that you can even see the animal in
without blowing it up:
Yup, they're HORRIBLE pictures. Blurry, inconclusive, etc etc. Now, because you know what a bobcat is and what one looks like, and you probably
consider it to be very reasonable that there are bobcats living in sparsely populated areas of rural Oklahoma, you might be convinced that this is a
picture of a bobcat. But if this were chupacabra, or an alien? Yeah, the skeptics would be ripping these pictures to shreds
and we'd see the
same old complaints: "Why can't we ever get a GOOD picture of .....?"
All I can say is, I'm an intelligent person who knows how to use my camera and can USUALLY get a good picture, I've even got good pictures of birds
on the bird feeder outside my other window which were taken through the glass.
But when push came to shove and I was even a little excited and felt rushed because I knew it wouldn't stay there long .. I couldn't do any better
than most of our anomaly photographers do.
So, this post is just to say that I have a little different perspective on the issue now, and I hope some of you may be moved to take it just a little
easier on the folks who take "bad" pictures and video of UFOs, aliens, and other anomalies. It's not as easy as you think it will be, when it
happens to you.
(edit to correct typo)
[edit on 29-8-2008 by Heike]