Ledger Sightings

03/01/10

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Ledger Sightings


This title describes a photographic series which began with Ledger Sighting #3 taken on December 26, 1999, and presented in 2000. The title is both geographic and metaphoric. The Ledger community in Mitchell County is where I live. The “sightings” metaphor relates to references to lenticular clouds as UFO clouds.

The following two sources also prompted the use of the “sightings” metaphor and the use of #3 for the first photograph in the series: 

Ledger Sighting #1 refers to a UFO sighting reportedly occurring in the fall of 1981 in Ledger. That reported UFO sighting was described to me by a lifelong resident of Mitchell County.                                                                                            

 Ledger Sighting #2 relates to an event referred to in the March 22, 2000,  Incident Report in the Mitchell News-Journal referencing a reported UFO sighting in Ledger. This is how the idea for the series title developed.                                                                   

 

Ledger Sighting #3

This photograph is the first of an ongoing series of lenticular clouds. It was taken from my backyard in December, 1999, in the Ledger community, Mitchell County, N.C., 12 miles north of the Black Mountain range, looking south/southeast. Suggesting a scene from the movie Independence Day, the cloud dominated the horizon. The name relates to two reported UFO sightings in Ledger and Mitchell County.

Copyright 2000

Ledger Sighting #4

This photograph is the fourth in an ongoing series of lenticular clouds. It was taken from my backyard in January, 2002, in the Ledger community, Mitchell County, N.C., 12 miles north of the Black Mountain range. It actually includes three lenticular clouds appearing in the same area of the sky, as Ledger Sighting #3.

The name relates to two reported UFO sightings in Ledger and Mitchell County.

Copyright 2002

Ledger Sighting #5

This photograph is part of an ongoing series of lenticular clouds. It was taken from my backyard in March, 2002, in the Ledger community, Mitchell County, N.C., 12 miles north of the Black Mountain range, looking south/southeast. It is in the same sector of the sky, as Ledger Sightings 3 and 4, but more ominous-looking, like a spaceship, though only a lenticular cloud. The name relates to two reported UFO sightings in Ledger and Mitchell County.

Copyright 2002

Ledger Sighting #6

This photograph is part of an ongoing series of lenticular clouds. It was taken from my backyard on December 12, 2002, in the Ledger community, Mitchell County, N.C., 12 miles north of the Black Mountain range, looking south/southeast. It was distinctly unlike any of the others in the series. I had set up to photograph one, when it suddenly disappeared and another appeared nearby. As I timed these appearances, they lasted for about sixty seconds maturing at forty five seconds. It was like ashooting gallery at a carnival, as I used a 300mm telephoto lens, waiting for one to mature, then shooting the picture.

Copyright 2002

Ledger Sighting #7

This photograph is part of an ongoing series of lenticular clouds. It was taken from my backyard in January, 2004, in the Ledger community, Mitchell County, N.C., 12 miles north of the Black Mountain range, looking south/southeast. It is in the same sector of the sky, as other Ledger Sightings. This one, so distinctly formed, seemed balanced on a smaller cloud, atop Bailey's Peak. It remained there for at least an hour. The name relates to two reported UFO sightings in Ledger and Mitchell County and to the common reference to lenticular clouds as UFO or flying saucer clouds.

Copyright 2004

Ledger Sighting Ashland Mountain

This is part of the Ledger Sighting series, but is taken from Ashland Mountain, located in the Ledger community, Mitchell County, N.C., but several hundred feet higher elevation than my property from which the other photos were taken.

It is a pancake, layered leanticular cloud.

Copyright 2004

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