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 Posted: June 7th, 2015 01:25 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

I had the pleasure of meeting up with IndieFarmer and three other BFRO investigators over Memorial Day weekend in Iowa, at an incredibly active location.

As part of our investigation I set up a 35 mm camera and used the bulb exposure feature to keep the shutter open for about 90 minute (11 pm to 1:30 am). It was aimed across a shallow stream which was nearly impossible to ford, let alone walk across due to mud. The property owner was able to drive through the stream in a 4x4 Jeep and set up his tent in the clearing on the other side, which is a location where h's reported significant activity.

Camera details:
The camera is a Nikon FE with an Osawa 135 mm lens. The film used is Fuji 200 speed with the aperture set to f5. Because of the film speed and the length of time the shutter was open, the film emulsion is impacted causing the colors the change.

Camera direction:
The camera was aimed nearly directly south and was placed about 75 feet from the creek, focused on the clearing and the tree line on the other side. The general location itself is in a depression surrounded by thick woods. The closest farm or buildings in the direction the camera faced is about a mile away and is not visible. No cell towers, roads, or other objects which would have lights are visible.

Weather:
Mostly cludy and humid with temps dropping from the mid-60's to the low 50's. Low pressure was moving into the area and by the next morning it was overcast and began raining at about 9:30 am.

Base camp information:
The camp, very close to the stream, was about 150 feet west/northwest of the camera. There was a very small fire going, which was blocked from the camera by trees and our parked vehicles. Three people were at base camp while the shutter was open. They acted as "bait" for Sasquatch, while myself, the property owner, two investigators and the son of of an investigator went out on night maneuvers. While we were out on maneuvers base camp reported eye glow in the direction of the clearing and along the stream moving towards base camp.

The photo:

Clearly visible is the tree line and sky. Near the center of the photo is a moving pinpoint streak of light, which is consistent with eye glow We can rule out all team members. All members stayed on the base camp side of the stream and away from the camera. The team out on maneuvers was northwest of base camp and separated by trees and a hill. In fact, we were on the other side of the hill. No vehicles were moved or were on the other side of the stream. The satellite camp on the other side of the stream had no lights, and actually was never used because the property owner slept in his Jeep near one of the investigator's tent who began reporting harassing activity beginning about 2:30 am (about 20 minutes after every one bunked down for the night.

Iowa May 2015 eye glow

Daytime photo:

This is a daytime comparison photo taken closer to the stream than where the camera was set up the previous night.

https://goo.gl/photos/CVu99LTXQ4fxZQ9HA
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 Posted: June 9th, 2015 08:04 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Nice work, Bob! That was one crazy night. I've never had deer join us at base camp like that. It was creepy when darkness fell and the big doe started hanging around. Strength in numbers!
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 Posted: June 9th, 2015 02:49 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Very nice Bob. Looks like the eye glow was taking place well below the horizon line which would rule out a star or planet shining through the tree branches.
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 Posted: June 10th, 2015 11:45 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Cool! Good work on a great idea.

How about a little more information on the evening? Especially the incident of the deer in camp. I had a similiar thing happen, deer bedding down at the edge of the campfire light, following unusual noises in the dark and that feeling of being watched everytime I gathered fire wood. Strength in numbers or safety in numbers, although a few times that night, I felt neither!

 
 
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 Posted: June 12th, 2015 09:17 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

The location we were at is really unusual in several respects. For one, it's a new area in Iowa that we haven't explored yet. And it's very squatchy! We were contacted by a family who were under siege by a group of Sasquatch. They live at a bottleneck in the landscape, where the sas and humans are "working out some issues." We have been helping the family out with the relationship for about a year now. things are going well, but the sas are really active at this location. I mean, BIG TIME! So we convene from time to time, investigate and advise. What we didn't expect was the cougar population! Wow! So, when we where there a few weeks ago we experienced a lot of cougar and Sasquatch activity. Apparently it was all too much for the poor doe, who's only apparent "shelter from the storm" was with us humans.
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 Posted: June 15th, 2015 10:23 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

I've been coming back to this post several times now, and I'm still having a tough time wrapping my head around it. One observation isÖthatís a fairly stationary pinpoint of light for a 90 minute exposure. Donít get me wrong, itís there, but for 90 minutes. Thatís impressive concealment discipline. Another isÖin such an activity hotspot might there not be more tangible interaction other than discreet observation from a distance, noting that harassing behavior was being initiated. Thermal devices would have been a plus in that situation. Good job catching what you did. Those guys are clever and deceptive.
 
 
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 Posted: June 15th, 2015 08:19 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Hi.

Actually we did have a thermal unit running - the R2D2 unit from the BFRO. If you picture the camera used to capture the eye glow as pointing at 12 O'clock, the thermal was pointed about 3:15 O'clock. We had it aimed at a different tent on our side of the stream. I've reviewed the video on my laptop at 2x speed and didn't see anything but I need to run it again on my HDTV and regular speed.

When I arrived at basecamp and activated the thermal I swung it over in the direction where the eye glow would be photographed. It picked up something warm and vertical, but we believed it to be a tree.
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 Posted: June 15th, 2015 08:59 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

timba, the camera shutter was open for 90 minutes. The eyeglow, which is actually movng and not stationary, was probably quite bright, and may have only lasted for a few seconds. Visualize a camera pointed at you for 90 minutes, and you turn on a flashlight and move it for a second or two. The affect would be similar. We have ruled out a human presence in this case. We were there, and we look out for that sort of thing. Eyeglow can be very subtle, but is generally bright enough to expose film at the film speed and lens aperture that we use. I hope this helps.
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 Posted: June 16th, 2015 07:14 AM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Thanks guys for the input. Iíve done extensive motorcycle touring/camping all over the US & Eastern Canada, and have been surprised more than once by evening visitors, although I seldom got an obstruction-free view of very subtle movement just beyond the campfire light. More partial eye glow and twig snaps than anything else. Only got one clear face to face where a not-to-big guy appeared in the campfire light looking at me. Kind of shrugged, harrumphed and slipped back into the darkness. I used to transit the Aroostook in Maine on my way to Gaspeí, and more often than not, I would find something fiddled with the mirrors on the bike at night. Anyway, good luck with your future endeavours. Oh yeah, the more I ignored the presence around camp, the closer they/it came in.
 
 
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 Posted: June 16th, 2015 01:40 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

Did you file a report on the campfire sighting?
 
 
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 Posted: June 16th, 2015 05:34 PM  Edit Post Delete post Back to top

That and many other observations made at that location are part of an investigation that will be published in the near future.
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