Thursday, October 30, 2014

Photo: Flying Cryptid - Six Mile Creek Park, PA

I received a telephone call this morning (10/30) from a witness named Rich, who lives near Ripley, NY. He stated that he has had an interest in the Hinsdale House (Hinsdale, NY) and was reading my recent post. He also read the post about the North Georgia Mothman incident. As a result, he called to tell me of an encounter he had in July 2011.

- Rich was driving home from Cleveland, OH on northbound I90.

- Rich received a telephone call about 10:15 PM, so he pulled off the road in order take the call. He said he was near Six Mile Creek Park, north of Erie, PA.

- Soon after he ended his telephone conversation, he noticed something fly across the highway about 30 ft in front of the car (headlights were on). It was approx. 10 ft above the road surface and looked like a giant bat with huge oversize wings. His window was open and he heard a sound similar to canvas flapping in the wind.

- He continued to sit in his car hoping he could see this anomaly again. He continued to hear the flapping sound.

- Rich stepped out of his car and walked towards the back in order to get a heavy duty flashlight from the trunk.

- About that time, as a tractor-trailer drove by, this flying creature came over a rise on the opposite side of the highway and flew over Rich and his car. This was the point when Rich snapped a cellphone photo of this creature. He made a few more attempts to get photos, but by that time the creature was gone.

- Though it was dark, a road lamp did offer Rich a bit of light at one point in order to get another look. He described it as dark in color with very wide wings that were shaped like those of a bat. He did notice a slight reddish glow, though it was hard to distinguish where it came from. He estimates that the wing span was approx. 18-20 ft and a body of 4-5 ft in length. It made no sound other than the flapping.

- When he got home (about an hour later) he uploaded the images to his computer. He said he made an inquiry with a paranormal investigator in Jamestown, NY but they didn't seem interested.

- No one else had knowledge of this encounter.

At this point, I promised Rich that I would post the photo on the blog for comments. Rich is the sole owner of the image and has given me the ability to use and distribute as I see fit. He's merely searching for answers.

NOTE: I'm not conveying an opinion as to what this image is. I'm merely offering it to the readers for their assessment. I've had several people look at it, and have received varying conclusions. Lon

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  1. Hey Lon! It looks like a photoshopped image. There is a lot of noise on the creature's edge that is distinctive of a crude cut and paste. Also the creature itself looks as if it was blurred and color filtered and the red added afterward. Also, the wing pattern is very familiar somehow. From a model or a movie?

    That said, this is the wooded property of Penn State Erie, there have been numerous Bigfoot sightings here as well as some spectral haunts along the paths. The creek is ancient Indian land, home to one of Erie's burial mounds. It was desecrated when the power company decided to put a power line pole right in the center of the mound a few years ago. But even when I was a teenager these woods were known as the home of many strange phenomenon.

  2. I opened it up in photoshop and ramped up the curves which exposes hidden pixels and would agree with Pastor Swope's assessment.

  3. It looks just like a barn owl to me. He was probably mistaken about the size.


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