Professional paranormal investigator and feature columnist for Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, Joe Nickell, provided his skeptic's take on the paranormal. Nickell has investigated many so-called ghost sightings and experiences, and often is able to explain the anomalies in scientific terms. "What I'm trying to do with my work with ghosts [or bigfoot]... is to actually go and actually investigate... and provide the simplest and best scientific explanation for it," he said.
On Sunday August 1, after a beautiful day in cottage country, I did what I always do on a clear night.
I went down to the lake to set up my Canon A80 P&S digital camera with a tripod on the dock to photograph the beautiful night sky with all those stars.
During a 15 sec. time exposure with the camera on its 35mm wide angle setting to my amazement a UFO came down from nowhere and hovered just around 200' & 45 degree angle from the camera.
I would have to say that it was approx. 50 feet in diameter.
As you can see from the photo it was your classic UFO with the 5 inverted domes. Each of them gave off a luminescent colored glow that rotated the 5 colors 1 rev. per sec. There was no sound at all.
This was the moment I always dreamed of. An opportunity to record with my semi-pro Canon video camera an excellent video of a UFO, especially since it was at such close range. Trouble is I didn't have it with me. Within seconds I ran upstairs back to the cottage retrieve my video camera shouting "UFO! UFO!" all the way. After grabbing the camera I returned to the dock only to find that the UFO didn't wait around for me.
Darn it! I should have just stayed there and treasure every second with my close encounter of the fist kind.