reply to post by bluestreak53
OR... She saw the bag and simply didn't make any note of it because it was not a focus of her attention. I think this is a very big possibility. One
point to make... All kinds of people take photos of bugs and birds and other stuff which when they view the photo are totally surprised. "It wasn't
a bird. I didn't see a bird." Well, they didn't see the bird or simply paid no attention to it. THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.
Well, I have problems with the bag theory, as stated. Furthermore, you haven't accounted for the reflection on the bag. Others have pointed out the
amount of trash along that section of road, and the fact that it was windy that day, so yes, it is possible. But, from the trash/litter post earlier
in the thread, most of the trash is white or blue, the most common colors, quite opaque, and the fact that the bag would need to have a reflective
coating to reflect light in the manner in which it is. Such a mylar bag, as stated, would have much less pliability than a simple grocery bag, as
they usually have more than one layer, nor are shaped quite like that. Added layers means more weight, and less wind loft, and much harder to float
in the air. Such heavier bags roll around the ground, and never get airborne. To have a bag float as high as it appears, it would by necessity need
to be very lightweight, and shiny. If they made a shiny single layer plastic grocery bag, then by all means I would switch to the "bag theory"
camp. I cannot. You can have your lightweight floating bag that is a dull matte finish, or you can have a reflective multilayered, heavier bag with
obvious problems for floating by. Not both.
I'd agree that it has not been positively identified, but I still think it might possibly be a wind blown bag, or maybe a water droplet. Although if
its a water droplet, how did it get there?
The water droplet theory is goat sweat, but a google question, "Do goats sweat?" leads to the opinion that goats don't sweat. It was a sunny day,
no precipitation, so the only viable source of moisture would be from the goats, either sweating or drooling. As caught as an airborne reflection,
the probability for a flinging drop of any material from the goats being caught at that location, sorry, is even more remote than my reflection
However, there are dried water marks on the side view mirror. That has bothered me a bit. Where did they come from? A recent car wash? A brief
thunderstorm? Goat drool/sweating being flung against the car, and drying quickly in the hot sun? Would they be a factor in an out of focus
A hot island and sunny conditions would refute an abundance of water droplets being present, much less catching one with a 1/2400 shutter speed. To
further the nail in the coffin, Jeff has decided there was little to no motion blur, and a water droplet flies through the air, (as does a plastic
bag) so such blur should be present in the picture. Relying upon Jeff's analysis, I would agree the object lacks any severe motion blur, and thus is
a static object.
That almost rules out the "bag theory" and "water droplet" theory, right?
If we can decide to rule out what it ISN'T, then we are that much closer to figuring out what it IS.