|Occurred : 11/10/2006 14:32 (Entered as : 11/10/06 14:32)
Reported: 11/11/2006 8:47:01 AM 08:47
Location: South Lake Tahoe, NV
|Strange object over Lake Tahoe, CA.
Scenic photo taken by me looking in a SW direction from Harrah's (Lake Tahoe NV.)18th floor "Forest Buffet" at 14:32 on 11/10/06.
For your ref, Harrarh's SLT web site: ( https://www.harrahs.com/casinos/harrahs-lake-tahoe/restaurants-dining/index.html ) Mapquest Location of Harrarh's SLT Casino: http://tinyurl.com/wopm9 The "Scenic photo" I reference above was taken with my Nikon D200 with a Nikor 18-200mm lens with "VR" on (Vibration Reduction) set at the 18mm (wide angle) range. My camera was set to 10.2mp quality, 1/250 shutter speed.
We had just finished lunch and I went to the SW corner of the building to take a few photos of the lake and surrounding mountains. I didn't notice anything unusual going on at the time I took the photo. It was when I got home while looking at the photos I took earlier in the day that I noticed a spec in sky at the far left edge of the photo in question, which was located just above the water line.
Looking at the photo in FULL scale mode, for the life of me, I can not identify that circular shaped object in the sky. The object is over the California side of the SW corner of the lake.
When I push the photo past FULL SCALE 3x, and even though the photo is somewhat pixilated at that scale, the object is very unusual indeed. This may sound strange but to be perfectly honest with you, I think it takes on the characteristics of one of our lunar landing modules. That's what it reminds me of anyway.
Para-sailing (sp?) is a popular sport in SLT, but not in November, and besides, there are no boats below or within in a reasonable distance from the object. There is one moving boat way off to the right of the object but it is going in the wrong direction (looking at the boat water trail) to be pulling that object.
I kind of ruled out a helicopter as the photo was taken at 1/250 of a second and there seems to be no rotor blur above the object. Not even the slightest discoloration shadow of rotor can be noticed. And, for sure, this object does not have a fixed wing set.
I am absolutely baffled by this object in the sky, no apparent wings and no apparent rotor set and certainly does not appear to be in tow. What the heck is it? I will be sending you the image, right from the compact flash card in my camera with full EXIF info in tact.