May 18, 2004
Location: Provo Canyon, Utah, United States
the naked eye, Tommy Woodard's digital photograph appears
to be nothing more than a pretty picture of trees in Provo
Canyon. But zoom in, he says, and the purple glow of a
saucer hovering at an angle above the tree line starts
to take shape.
Tommy J. Woodard/UFO Evidence
UFO photograph was featured on CNN Headline News.
is the Associated Press news article, describing this
Photo Librarian Captures UFO on Film'
Press / The Daily Herald (Utah) - 5/21/2004
Alexandria Sage THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
LAKE CITY -- To the naked eye, Tommy Woodard's digital
photograph appears to be nothing more than a pretty picture
of trees in Provo Canyon.
zoom in, he says, and the purple glow of a saucer hovering
at an angle above the tree line starts to take shape.
22, a photo librarian with the Utah Film Commission, took
the photo that he believes represents an unidentified
was in the canyon Tuesday shooting still pictures for
a possible film location, and began taking pictures for
himself on his way out.
the time, he didn't see anything out of the ordinary in
his photograph. But later, after noticing a black speck
in the frame, he zoomed in and "the closer I got,
the more impressed I got by it," he said Thursday.
was kind of skeptical but it's pretty obvious when you
zoom in," said the self-described "sci-fi"
fan, whose friends and colleagues are similarly impressed.
said he's a "believer" because the recent photograph
is not his first encounter with mysterious flying objects.
Once, playing baseball at the age of 10, he saw three
blurry gray spheres rotating in the sky. Within a moment,
they were gone.
contacted officials at Hill Air Force Base to ask if any
planes were flying in the canyon area Tuesday but hasn't
heard back yet. "They kind of laughed, you know,"
Air Force Base spokeswoman Lt. Caroline Wellman told The
Associated Press on Thursday she is awaiting response
from the 388th Fighter Wing whether any of their F-16
jets were above Provo Canyon Tuesday.
skeptical reaction to the digital photograph came from
a representative of the National UFO Reporting Center
in Seattle -- he said he thought the sphere looked like
bird?" asked Woodard in disbelief. "Come
on -- I don't know how he could think it's a bird!"
discounted the theory that the image could be nothing
more than a speck of dust on his film. Of the hundred
photos he shot Tuesday, none contained a similar mark,
Provo Canyon photograph is not the first reported UFO
sighting this year to immediately get debunkers.
March, the Mexican air force captured images of bright
blurs in the sky using infrared equipment. The videotape
aired on television for the first time last week, with
one scientist saying the objects could have been caused
by gases in the atmosphere.
story appeared in The Daily Herald on page A1.]]
to Tommy J. Woodard for sending a copy of the original
photograph to UFO Evidence.)
Source/Credit: Tommy J. Woodard/UFO Evidence