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Sighting Reports 2009

Unknown Object Photographed in Mountainous Area

Photo and Enlargement of Object.
Photo and Enlargement of Object.

Map Showing Approximate Location of Sighting West of Twisp, Washington.
Map Showing Approximate Location of Sighting West of Twisp, Washington.

Date of Sighting: September 12, 2009
Time of Sighting: 12 PM PDT
Location of Sighting: Sawtooth Mountains West of Twisp, Washington (See Map)

Description: We were hiking the high range of the Sawtooth mountains west of Twisp Washington. We approached a pass just below 8,000 feet. I stopped to take some pictures of my companions from the top as they summited this pass. All five of us saw nothing unusual. Previewing my images days later I saw something in one shot over the far ridge that was out of place, zoomed up on it and WOW it looks to me to be a UFO. Images taken before and after of the same view show nothing. I am a Photographer and use Photoshop a lot and I know imaging, but I haven’t messed with this image at all other than to zoom up and clip out the UFO section and enhanced the resolution a little. Looking closer I became more convinced that it was something out there in the sun and was 3 dimensional, not on my lens or a digital blurb. The midday sun was high behind my left shoulder about 15 to 20 degrees and looking at the clip the object seems to have highlights and shadows matching the sun's position. It also has what seems to be a dark band around it's middle and a light area (aura if you will) around it especially under it. What do you think? I look forward to your reply.

Note: I don't know the identity of the object in the background of the photo. The object could be a bird, but I can't speculate on the species. The object seems to be something natural and does not appear to be a manufactured object. The witness sent the original unedited photo plus an enhancement (enlargement). I have no reason to believe that the witness fabricated this photo. Of course as stated by the photographer the object could be a UFO!