January 8, 2006
Location: Zdany, Poland
series of photographs was taken during an encounter with
a metallic object by multiple witnesses near Zdany, Poland,
in January 2006. Two men were returning from a wedding
party when they spotted an object flying across the road.
A moment later, their car engine stopped, as well as the
engine of another car behind them. One of the witnesses
took a series of photographs. The encounter lasted at
least 8 minutes, after which the car engines started with
Photo #1 in the series of photographs taken in Zdany,
Poland. (Photos have been slightly
cropped from the originals.)
Photo #2. The hood of the stopped car appears in the bottom
Photo #4 in the series.
Photo #5 in the series.
Photo #3 in the series, showing a cropped version of the
Close-ups of the object as it appears in the series of
Nautilus Foundation, Poland
is an English translation of a witness interview, as well
as a short description of this photographic case from
Poland. The series of photographs and the following information
has been provided by Mr. Wojciech Bobilewicz of the Nautilus
Foundation in Warsaw, Poland, the research group which
is investigating this case.
object immobilized two cars, and was moving extremely
swiftly and without noise. What is most important
it has been observed with a naked eye!
is Sunday, January 8, 2006. Two men are returning from
a wedding party. Both asked for their anonymity to be
preserved, so we shall only use their first names
Maciej (Matthew), 65, is driving, and Zbyszek, 60, sits
in the passenger seat. The atmosphere in the car is merry;
the passenger is actually still very tipsy. And
an important factor in the whole story he has a
still camera, quite good at that: an Olympus. He was using
the camera to photograph dancing couples but on this day,
it will turn out that having it enabled him to take one
of the best UFO photographs in the world. They drive towards
a town called Terespol, or to be more precise
towards a smaller town called Miedzyrzec Podlaski. It
is approx. 12:30 when their navy-blue Polonez car approaches
the so-called "black spot", so called because
for many years, there have been many tragic road accidents
happening in this exact place (this detail may turn out
to be of great importance). The "spot" is situated
at the international European route E30, 10 kilometres
behind the city of Siedlce as one drives towards Terespol,
approximately where the villages of Zdany and Zbuczyn
Poduchowny are located. Seeing the "black spot",
they slow down, but suddenly, less than a hundred yards
away, they see
something big, metallic and shiny
flying across the road! Matthew, who is driving the car,
is convinced that some kids are making fun of drivers
throwing a huge bowl. A moment later, the cars
engine stops. There is, however, another detail that must
not escape our attention. Another car is running behind
with Russian registration plates, a passenger minibus.
And its engine stops at exactly the same moment! Both
drivers step out of their cars, open the hood and try
to start their engines. Zbyszek, the passenger, also steps
out of the car. He is holding a camera its
a perfect opportunity! In the cloudless sky, a condensation
trail of a jet plane is clearly visible. Without much
thinking, he starts taking pictures, but he suddenly notices
something strange slowly moving over the fields. The object
is big, about two metres in diameter, and it reminds two
bowls welded together at the edges! It is metallic
sunlight is reflected from its surface. No engine can
be heard, there is no fumes or smoke, but
strong wind starts blowing in gusts! It is also of importance,
as there was no wind so strong on that day. Zbyszek starts
making pictures of the unidentified object. At one point,
the UFO starts a swift ascent and instantly flies away.
All in all, the "two bowls" were moving around
the two cars for almost 8 minutes! When the object disappears,
the engines of both cars start with no problems.
article should only be treated as a prelude to the whole
affair. There is still a lot of work for us to do; we
are completing the materials but even now we can say the
most important thing: this story happened for real!
is an excerpt from a conversation that we had on February
19, 2006 with Maciej (Matthew), the cars driver.
Foundation) So you were driving back from a wedding
(Maciej T): I was driving my acquaintance back home.
And God knows. Something flew over me. I thought that
maybe some squirts threw something over the car. You know?
The car stalled; there was some Russian guy driving behind
me he also stopped with this bus. I have no idea.
I got out and there is nothing around! I look to the other
side there was something. I don't know, I was just
looking at a plane
and I won't tell you what it
was. I am a mechanic, I look around and check and everything
is fine with the car. What the heck, there is no power,
no lights, no nothing
He had some camera, I don't
have a clue. And he says, come on, I'm going to take some
pictures of you. Take them, why not! And I was running
around the car with a screwdriver. And I got scared, too,
because there is this black spot over there where many
people died in accidents
(FN): What did the object look like?
(MT): God knows what it was! How shall I know? Got
What I know is that the car stalled and
the Russian bus behind me also got stopped. The Russian
guy got out of the bus and was running around
(FN): So his car went out of power too?
(MT): Yep, it stalled too. We were both standing. Maybe
half an hour, we were walking around. I had a look at
the engine. There was no power at all. After all, I am
a mechanic so I know if an engine can stop abruptly or
not. Some half an hour, I dont know, maybe it was
half an hour, I turned the ignition key and the car started.
I got goose bumps, I say 'I'm getting out of here, there
are so many crosses here and lights, I don't know what's
going on in here.'
People drive scared in this place.
I have no clue, that's all.
(FN): And your friend, did he
(MZ): The other guy says he absolutely doesn't agree
to any stuff. And I says: 'well, I can tell you what the
thing I saw was, but I am not knowledgeable about these
(FN): We are so nice and friendly that if he could
spare five minutes for us
(MZ): I see your point but he doesn't want, simply
doesn't want. As for me
I don't care. I was driving
and I know, I saw this thing. What it was I have
(FN): OK, but what did you think about this object
when you saw it?
(MZ): When I was looking I thought that some punks
must have thrown some bowl at me from a ditch, over the
car, it flew sort of in front of the car. I says 'damn
it, they don't have better things to do
' I jumped
out and I says 'I'm gonna kick your asses' but there is
no one around
And the Russian stopped behind me
Other cars didn't stop. So I look what is wrong with the
car but everything is fine. And the car started by itself.
I have no idea what it was
(FN): Did you have a close look at the object?
(MZ): I only saw it once up in the sky and it was against
the sun and I cannot see very well against the sun cos
my eyes are damaged from welding. How shall I say, it's
as if it was nickeled, twisted sheet metal
(FN): But what did you feel then, can you describe
(MZ): I got scared! Cos there are crosses and lights
every five meters there. 'Dammit', I says, 'people get
killed here, so I need to fix this scrap and drive away
from this place.' I was scared
(FN): Did you really think somebody was throwing a
(MZ) When I saw it, I says 'did they throw something
at me or what.' Is there anybody really disturbing drivers?
Some guy will not be careful and will hit another
but there was nobody there. No living soul. Only the gusts
of wind blowing. It didn't blow initially. At least I
couldn't feel it in the car. I got out of the car. And
the other guy is still tipsy after the wedding so he keeps
laughing at me...
(FN): So how many of you were in the car?
(FN): Have you ever seen anything like that object?
(MZ): Me, I saw something like that for the first time
in my life. Im saying, I got scared myself cos there
is this black spot there
'God knows,' I says, 'whats
going on here.' Every bit of the road there is a cross
with a light and here is my wheezing car refusing to go.
What happened??? The Russian keeps running round his car
and gets under it. I ask him what happened. Nichevo,
[= nothing] I dont know. So I didnt
(FN): Did the Russian driver see the object hovering
around your cars?
(MZ): Well I don't know if he saw it or not, as I approached
him later. He was throwing his cap in desperation, running
around the car
So was I. How was I supposed to know
what happened? The guy keeps shouting at me, saying he's
cold, he wants to go home, but I says 'look what happened?'
And there was a plane flying, there was a trail in the
sky. It was sunny. And wind started. When I was driving
the car it was not gusting. And I have been a driver for
so many years
so I would feel the wind! Bare field
I got scared, so many people died here! God knows
they say all sort of rubbish about strange things happening
(FN): Coming back to your car: do you know what may
have caused your engine to stop?
(MZ): Well about power I know for sure cos there was
nothing working in this car, and it's unlikely that the
battery can charge itself within 20 minutes or half an
hour. I've been a mechanic for 30 years so I know these
(FN): Were you looking for some fault in the engine
as you were standing in the road?
(MZ): I was going around, looking everywhere!
(FN): Didn't you think that the object was something
(MZ): But I saw something like that first time in my
life! This moron keeps laughing at me cos he was a bit
tight, so I says 'take a photo!' 'Stop, I will take a
photo of you!' 'So take it!' 'But do you see this thing?'
'Yes, I can see it!' 'Over there, against the sun
(FN): But didnt you think that this whole affair
with the object was something really rare?
(MZ) Im telling you, I didn't pay much attention
to it! It is only when I saw these crosses, I remembered
what place I've found myself in
(FN): Why only four pictures of this object? Why so
(MZ): Before he set up the camera I was at the car,
tinkering with it, and he was shooting me there
And how this thing was flying there
He saw it later,
cos I says: 'dammit, I dont care. I will fix the
car and let's get outa here so that nobody hits me.' And
he was running around on the fields and taking pictures
of this thing!
are the parameters of the pictures:
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- horizontal resolution: 72 dpi
- vertical resolution: 72 dpi
- depth in bits: 24
- number of frames: 1
- camera make: OLYMPUS Corporation
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- graphic software: v775u-78
- color matrix/pattern: sRGB
- flash mode: -
- focal length: 6 mm
- F number: F/4.1
- shutter speed: 1/1250 s
- ISO speed: 50
- metering mode: pattern
- light source: unknown
- exposure program: unknown
- EV compensation: 0 step
- date: 2006-01-08 12.34
"It simply defies description!"
WITH ROBERT BERNATOWICZ (RB)
Interviewer: ?ukasz Bartecki (?B)
In percentage, what are your bets that the photos are
RB: 100%. Having heard a conversation with the witness,
I got rid of any illusions. A man such as Maciej (Matthew)
is not capable of lying, such "acting" is out
of the question. He saw something which stopped two cars,
was hovering around the place and had a shape of two bowls
connected at the edges. It sounds like an X-Files-type
of movie scenario, but it really happened.
?B: What is so mind boggling about these pictures?
RB: Everything. We received phone calls saying that
"if they are real, the world has not yet seen anything
like that!" I think there is a lot of truth to that
?B: What is most shocking?
RB: I will tell you what shocked me the most. Firstly,
I need to mention credibility of the witness, his good
nature when he was telling me about let me quote
"this thing hovering around the car."
But from among the four pictures there is one exceptionally
phenomenal, the one showing how the whole horizon is reflected
from the objects surface
And everything fits
in place, down to the minute detail! One can see a tree,
a standing car, even the fact that its hood is opened
I have never seen anything like that! I keep receiving
a lot of material from the world, from the US, but I have
not seen anything like that. It simply defies description!
?B: What is the greatest difficulty in the research
of this case?
RB: Yes, there is a problem. The problem are the participants
of this event. The driver, Maciej (Matthew), has finally
agreed to meet us after many weeks' convincing. Of course
he was begging us not to disclose his surname because
he was afraid of the reaction of his environment, people
around him. The author of the photos is a certain kind
of personality; by the way I met him on numerous occasions
as I was doing my journalist work. He is simply utterly
disinterested in the whole thing and there is absolutely
no way he will meet to discuss it. The fact that he has
made some of the best UFO pictures in the world has zero
value to him. That's the kind of a person he is.
?B: Don't you think that it only gives credence to
the whole story?
RB: It's obvious. If we encounter a pushy person who
has made some strange photos and with no sensitivity,
with full boorishness he shows these pics to anyone at
hand we must treat such a man with, say, some distance.
Unfortunately we do have a record of such cases, sometimes
they border with some mental disease. Here, the situation
is entirely opposite the author of the photographs
wants to be left alone.
?B: How do you evaluate those events?
RB: Using boxing terminology, I would say that it was
a "full contact fight!" First we have this object
flying over a road, then engines stop in two cars, and
then an unidentified object is doing a show in the sky.
I don't know if anything like that
it's really a
?B: Do you think that the "black spot" is
of any significance?
RB: Certainly. We have only begun collecting data and
facts concerning this issue. But even now we know that
some very mysterious things have been happening here.
And I do not only mean road accidents and the number of
people killed. An example? Last year in the summer a woman
was driving out of a side road exactly in that spot. And
suddenly, she lost her field of vision! The road signs
all became blurred. She could see nothing! She found herself
on the road, the main one, and she claims she lost a number
of minutes from her life. She was only very lucky that
there was no car approaching!
?B: Those lost minutes
can it have any connection
to UFOs? It sounds sort of familiar
RB: It may be exactly as you're saying, I am not excluding
such a possibility. There are strange things happening
there, and it's a straight road! It is really hard to
find an explanation as to why accidents abound exactly
there. They are real tragedies
In July last year,
three people got killed there a married couple
from Warsaw and a citizen of Belarus. In a straight road,
in broad daylight, at noon. They crash, everybody dies.
It is really unusual but the locals say that it is precisely
there, at the "black spot", that people lose
consciousness for a while.
?B: How about all that
can it be connected with
this UFO object?
RB: There are two, or even three, possibilities. The
first one: there is no connection at all. The second one:
this place has some sort of energy which makes people
lose their consciousness and therefore get killed in accidents.
The third possibility is that object like that one deprive
people of consciousness. But I would think the last one
is the least credible.
?B: And which one do you think is the most credible?
RB: In this spot, or in its immediate vicinity, there
is "something" that influences drivers' behaviour.
It is probably this fact that interested our mysterious
object which decided to immobilize both vehicles and have
a closer look at them
?B: Do you think they were observing events around
RB: I have no doubts about it. I'll tell you more:
I have a feeling that on that particular day at 12:30
something happened which the participants in this "mysterious
engine failure" do not remember. Quite a lot of time
had passed, or rather this "something" had quite
a lot of time
?B: Don't you think it may be some military technology?
RB: I think that this whole talk about military technologies
I am a journalist and recently I have
had many occasions for having a closer look at military
its no use talking about it. This
object, its capability for immobilizing vehicles, they
way it moved all this excludes our earthly technology.
And there was this wind
?B: Exactly! Don't you think that those gusts of wind
RB: Yes, the wind was blowing very strongly exactly
at the time the object was hovering in proximity of the
cars! This wind is very suspicious
we shall have
a closer look at it.
?B: And how about the fact that other cars were going
with no problem
Isn't it astonishing?
RB: Of course. Note that there was no electric power
at all in both vehicles. As the witness is saying, "no
single light was switching on, zero!" This would
mean that only the two vehicles were encompassed by a
force filed that made them immobilized. There was regular
traffic in the road all the time
I have certain
hypotheses, but I wouldn't like to
?B: What do you mean?
RB: Well, you know, it's only a hypothesis, but I suspect
that there was something huge hanging over the cars
This tiny little thing that we called "Two Bowls"
in our project was only a little probe, part of something
bigger. But let me stress that it is only a suspicion
?B: If this was the case, then
on January 8 on the E30 road?!
RB: I can see that for some time, you have been asking
increasingly interesting questions
comments by Mr. Wojciech Bobilewicz (Nautilus Foundation)
from correspondence with UFO Evidence:
am taking the liberty of attaching an English translation
of a witness interview as well as a short description
of one such recent Polish case (the translation is rough
at times due to the fact that the interviewee speaks a
very specific kind of language) together with the pictures..."
hope you will find this case interesting and noteworthy."
finding out about the case: the president of our Foundation,
Mr Robert Bernatowicz, has read about the case in one
of Polish tabloids. The newspaper was making a laughing
stock out of it and Mr Bernatowicz went to the village
to check the facts. Upon researching the case he found
out that with almost absolute certainty it was a genuine
close encounter case."
the Nautilus Foundation:
Nautilus Foundation was established in 2001 by Mr. Robert
Bernatowicz, a radio and TV journalist after the first
crop circles were discovered in Wylatowo in northwestern
part of Poland.
Nautilus Foundation, Poland