The Beer + UFO Equation

This is the story of a proof. Of sorts. In the end it is not a proof of alien visitation, but it does show an anecdotal relationship between beer drinking and UFO sightings. Unfortunately for Alien Visitation Theorists, it does not show the relationship in the manner they would prefer.

My riding group, the River City Riders, was relaxing on the patio of a restaurant in Idylwild, California, in the San Jacinto Mountains. We were paying the appropriate amount of attention to the task of drinking a couple pitchers of beer when I made the photo shown below. It was Blue Moon Beer, I believe.

Things are not always what they seem. The photo below was made with a Lumix DMC FX01, a now-outdated 6 Megapixel digital point-and-shoot camera. This “UFO” photograph was taken from a restaurant patio in Idylwild, CA. I wanted to show the peak of Mt. San Jacinto in the background. There was a lot of woodpecker activity in the trees above the patio that afternoon. I counted six different woodpeckers flying between trunks and tapping the trunks for bugs.

I didn’t notice the bird when I took the photo. But it was quite obvious when I returned home and uploaded my photos. The saucer shaped object is a woodpecker blurring in a dive.