Thursday, May 13, 2010

Argentina: A UFO over Lake Nahuel Huapi?

Argentina: A UFO Over Lake Nahuel Huapi (Bariloche)?

We’ve come to associate Argentina’s Lake Nahuel Huapi – the wild and mysterious inland sea fed by the snows of the Andes – with the cryptozoological mystery known as Nahuelito, and sometimes as the hidedout of refugees from the Third Reich who developed odd technology at Isla Huemul. But today’s story, courtesy of Inexplicata Contributing Editor Guillermo Gimenez, touches upon a “phantom UFO” that was not visible to the professional photographer as the shutter fell.

“In the early days of 2010,” writes photographer Fabian Romano, “summer appeared to have eluded the region. The Cordilleran cold made the day restless and one had to be on the lookout. Only hours earlier, a snowfall had covered the sumits and the skies were overcast at the moment. Strong winds out of the west shook the crystalline blue-green lake, creating waves that broke against the rubble and pilings of Puerto San Carlos. Many people approached the shore to witness the spectacle and a fellow photographer, drawn by the action, fell prey to the splashing. Drops of water and lake spray covered him and his gear head to toe, and he didn’t seem to care.

“Aware of the hazardous and meaningful nature of his actions, I decided to take a photo of him. Meters away, using a telephoto lense, I took several shots to capture the moment. Later I had a chance to speak with him, and learned that he was a foreigner. I showed him part of the sequence I’d taken and in amazement, and in poor Spanish, he kindly asked me to make him copies. He wrote down his contact information and told me that he would continue taking twilight photos, since the Argentinean landscape was fascinating to him.”