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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bigfoot sigtings in Fresno County

My friend Tom (whom I'm hoping will be doing an upcoming podcast with me) showed me a website, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization, that had a listing of sightings by State, and then a sub listing by County. Under Fresno County there were several sightings up at Florence Lake, which is above Hunnington. What's interesting about the sightings is they occur only in the late summer and early fall. Tom has a theory that perhaps Bigfoot is a migratory animal and that is why sighting of them are rare. They are always on the move. We've been talking about taking an expedition up to Florence at the start of summer and set up some cameras that are set off by an IR sensor (these are the type that hunters use to photograph game on trails) and come back in six weeks to see if we captured anything. When we do I'll definitely post what we find, if anything, on here.

Here's the link to BFRO's lisings for Fresno County.

Monday, December 29, 2008

El Duende in Fresno??

I recieved a text message from my sister earlier asking me about the El Duende. For those who don't know what this is, it's the South American (and most likely Spanish) version of a gnome. Back in 2007 there was a wave of sightings in Argentina. She asked me where she could find the links on YouTube, which I'm posting here.

The Salta, Argentia sighting

I'll be honest, the side stepping thing scares the hell out of me.

This was another one, this time you can see the, well thing, move against the wall.

What does these vidoes have to do with the Fresno area? El Duende is from Spanish folklore, I'm curious if Hispanic folklore has something similar and maybe there has been sighting around the Fresno area?

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Unidentified falling object turns out to be weather monitor

From the Fresno Bee

A woman who lives a few miles north of Los Banos called fire officials around 10 a.m. today to report that a box had fallen from the sky.

The woman thought it had fallen from a plane, but fire officials found that it was instead a weather device that measured humidity, temperature and weather changes at different altitudes — from Missouri.

Officials responded to the call and found the weather surveyor, said Jeremi Roesler, a captain with the Merced County Fire Department, which works in conjunction with Cal Fire. The device had a parachute and a balloon that had popped.

The shoebox-sized instrument had “National Weather Service” written on it and, if found, included directions on how to mail it back, Roesler said.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Walnut Girl

This is an old story I came across years ago. I had posted it on another blog and had completely forgot about it until today. So I thought I'd repost it here for anyone who hasn't read it yet. More than likely it's another urban legend. But it's one of those strange stories that refuses to go away. Perhaps there is some truth to the legend after all.

In the small California town of Armona, there is a legend of a nine year old girl that met a tragic end and her restless ghost haunts the area to this day. Sometime in the nineteenth century the girl and a few of her friends were skinny dipping at a local waterhole outside of town. A group of boys showed up and threatened to come into the water after them. Most of the girls ran away before the boys could get them into a nearby walnut orchard. One little girl was too scared to follow the other girls. Instead she dove underwater to try and trick the boys into thinking she too had followed the other girls. Unfortunately the poor girl drowned.

Legend has it the restless spirit roamed the area for years. The townsfolk named her the Walnut Girl because she was always seen where walnuts were grown. No male has ever seen the ghost, but stories say that girls around the same age as she was have seen glimpses of her.

Why does her restless spirit only haunt walnut orchards? Perhaps she thinks she will be safe if she can get to an orchard she will be safe from the boys she thinks are still chasing her. This is obvious as she will only appear to girls near her age. It appears even in the afterlife she is still looking for safety.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Photo of Thanksgiving UFO

As luck would have it, my sister was able to get a shot of what she and I saw on the night of Nov. 27, 2008. Granted it's not the smoking gun that everyone wants, but it's still interesting. Any camera can't take a decent night shot without a good source of light and unfortunately this photo isn't the exception. But what is interesting is even before I tweaked the contrast and brightness is that you can see an orange light in the sky. So whatever it was, it was bright enough to show up on camera.

This is the unaltered original photo. You can barely see the orange object in the top third of the picture.

This is after I enhanced the photo. The object is much easier to see.

I know these aren't the best photos, but it's still something. There is one more photo that my sister took, though it's extremely dark but I'm going to see what I can do with it. I'm hoping someone else saw the same thing and can help elaborate what it was we saw.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Clovis Thanksgiving UFO sighting

I was inside a family member’s house when my sister came to get me, saying there was a strange light in the sky. We went back outside and noticed a strange red/orange light drifting in the sky in an upward motion traveling east to southwest. The object looked like it was on fire, and my first thought was maybe someone had their fireplace going and it was flaming debris, but the motion of the object was floating upward and there was no wind to carry anything. That and given the distance of the object to us (at arm's length it was about 1/4" diameter), the object was too large to be debris. I ruled out a flare as it wasn’t falling. It almost looked like it was something suspended from a balloon, but it was traveling to fast and it was traveling too fast to be a balloon. If it was a balloon, then it would have been visible or at least a reflection of the light would have been on the balloon.

I rushed to my car to grab my digital camera and my sister took hers out of her purse. I snapped a picture, but it was too dark so I deleted it. I then decided to change the settings on my camera in hope of maybe getting better luck. As soon as I looked back up, the object was gone. Total time of occurrence was five minutes.