I was home alone and decided to go to the kitchen to get a glass of water and maybe find a snack. Just as I approached the kitchen/dining room area (they’re the same room and we have a bay-window/patio door there) I noticed what I immediately thought was a helicopter about 300-400 feet away, just across the street and above the tree-line. Because we kind of live in the country, I thought that was unusual… then it hit me that I couldn’t hear any noise at all! And then the obvious shape difference hit me like a bag of rocks and I ran for my camera – literally (I almost tripped over a rug).
I don’t know how long it was there before I saw it, but it hung around for 2 or 3 minutes after I noticed it… not moving or flashing or anything. The only thing I noticed was a sort of wavy-ness of the air surrounding the object – that’s probably what stuck me most, actually. It resembled kind of what you see over a hot road on a summer day. It was getting dark, but I distinctly remember the dark tree line shimmering just below the object, against the sky-glow.
I had just enough time to take a picture on my camera (before the batteries died), and then I got one on my cell phone right before it “disappeared” — I say that, because I believe it just went directly away from me at a high speed very suddenly… it actually appeared to grow smaller and disappear, but curve up slightly as it was doing so. The direction was about directly westward I believe.
Long ago, when I was a young kid, I remember seeing a funny light in the sky (from very far away) and watching it do all sorts of “tricks” ~ but I couldn’t actually see it as an object. This is the only other time that I have seen something this close, that I know from my own eyes what I saw in a detailed manner. Very exciting indeed (although the first couple nights were difficult to sleep well!)
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