posted on Feb, 26 2011 @ 08:42 PM
Having spent the day at Downtown Disney in Orlando, I was driving my family home. By the time we were rounding into our community, it was dark. As
we turned into the neighborhood, my wife spotted some glowing "orbs" in the sky and asked me what they were. At the time, we could only see them
through a thick grove of enormous, old oaks draped with Spanish moss.
Then, as we neared the guard shack at the entrance of our neighborhood, we saw several vehicles stopped in that large cul-de-sac, too. The gate
guards were looking into the sky. We initially saw 7 glowing orbs moving at a "powered" rate of speed. I say "powered" because they weren't
merely floating or being pushed by the (minimal to non-existent) wind. Without knowing how far away they were, it's hard to say how fast they were
moving. But, suffice it to say they were moving west to east at what looked like a leisurely rate. No sounds of powered flight whatsoever.
We approached the guard shack and asked how long the sighting/event had been going on. The guard said about 10 mintues of orb activity before we had
arrived. I then pulled our car into the community and parked along side one of the large lakes that gives our neighborhood its name. We then had an
unobstructed view of the orbs.
By now, the first seven had flickered into the higher-altitude sky, from how it looked. As orbs moved west-to-east, gaining altitude, they got dimmer
until vanishing. As orbs vanished in this manner, more orbs appeared in the distance, along the identical route, a leisurely west-east, beginning
very bright and dimming with distance and altitude.
There were four more orbs in a straight line, equal distance between them. As those dimmed, three orbs in a large, triangular pattern emerged into
view, same course, same speed. As those dimmed, four more orbs in a straight line appeared, gained altitude and dimmed like the others. We didn't
have any cameras on us, and in the end, you would only have gotten what everyone's already seen: dots of lights in the sky.
Finally, a single, last orb appeared and took its lonely journey just like all of the other ones. All said, about 20 orbs over the course of the
10-15 mintues we were watching. I'm posting this in hopes that someone had a good video camera handy. This happened about 8:20 PM EST over Tampa,
Florida. Actually, in one of the suburb areas known as Brandon/Valrico.
The impression I got from seeing them was... solemn. The feelings in me as I watched them glide through the sky was of "something leaving." I
know, these feelings are obviously SUBJECTIVE interpretations. I include them only because some UFO researches, from what I've read/heard (on Coast
to Coast AM) have suggested that there could be some form of wordless communication going on. Pure specualtion, but what does it hurt to include?
Scientifically and objectively, these were unidentified flying objects. There was no breeze, and these were not Chinese Lanterns. I've seen (and
helped light) Chinese lanterns at a Fourth of July party and know their characteristics. The main give-away for a Chinese lantern is that they are
slaves to the wind. These were perfect circles, with a bright center, almost white, then orange then burnt orange in color. They kept the formation
that they emerged into view with. If three were in a triangular formation, they remained in the identical formation for the duration of view, not
getting slightly closer or slightly farther apart, not drifting.
We were hoping for the event not to end... But as with all good things, it did. Plus, we would've had to have gone home soon anyway because our 18
month old daughter had just awakened. I know that at least 20 people saw this event (in the parked cars, the gate guards and people out
walking/jogging around the lake).
Maybe this will attract enough attention ---and someone might have some images or video... Or similar recent experiences...