What is the strangest occurance you've ever seen out in nature, while camping, driving, or observing around home?

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    Mar 05, 2008 10:24 PM GMT
    I'll start with this true scene on the shores of Lake Michigan. It was a warmer than usual late week in February, 1973 and there was no ice on the lake other than small baseball to basketball sized chunks. I left work at the lake front Cook Nuclear Plant, and on the way home the weatherman said that there would be a lot of wind and colder temperatures coming over night. The next day when I arrived at work I couldn't believe what I was seeing on the shoreline. As far north and south as I could see there were huge 4 to 6 ft diameter balls rolling in and out on the shoreline with the waves, through the day they appeared to get bigger by the hour, they apparently gathered sand and freezing water as they rolled and were exposed to the cold air. It was beautifull to see, none of us who lived around there had ever seen this happen before. The next day these balls were frozen in place and covered with mounds of icy chunks.
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    Mar 06, 2008 6:00 AM GMT
    not so much strange as it was beautiful, the scene at the top of mt. fuji:

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    Mar 06, 2008 6:20 AM GMT
    When my family was still living in the Puget Sound area, we'd make frequent trips to the Washington coast. For about two seasons at a resort called Kalaloch, a 50-foot section of (blue?) whale vertebrae was up against the base of the cliffs on the beach.

    Otherwise, I've been there to see the winter storms, and there's all sorts of tree trunks that wash into the ocean, and the waves will be tossing 50-foot or more tree trunks and slamming them against the cliffs. Nothing but driftwood floating for about a quarter mile into the ocean. Sometimes the water got so high during the storms that trees would be thrown up and onto the tops of the cliffs.
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    Mar 06, 2008 6:41 AM GMT
    I think it was in the late 80's or early 90's when there was a visible conjunction of Mars, Saturn, Venus and the Moon. I might have the exact planets wrong and I'm sure there is an astronomy buff out there that can correct me on that and the date. One night at sunset I was able to see all three planets lined up as if they were falling into the open crescent of the moon. It was truly amazing.

    When Mt. St. Helens erupted I lived in Eastern Washington. The first wave of high altitude ash looked like sky was rippling gray satin. Then it became black as midnight as the ash started falling. There were huge flashes of purplish lightening filling the sky for some time before it just become deathly dark and quiet.

    The next day school had been canceled for the rest of the year and we went out and played in the ash. We made mud sculptures out of it, melted it with a blowtorch and had a good old time. People started adding makeshift snorkels made out of stove pipes or pvc onto their cars with idea that if the air intakes were high enough, they would be less likely to clog the air filters with ash kicked up from the road. Good times...
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    Mar 06, 2008 9:16 AM GMT
    Just this week, I saw my first UFO.

    TAKE NOTE: I don't believe in UFO's, but seeing a real one for the first time.... WOW

    My father saw it first. It was around 8:30 PM. My mom came running and told us dad had seen a UFO. I was skeptical of course. LOL

    So we went outside. And my jaw dropped LOL.

    The sky was overcast. Really dark. No stars at all. And somewhere to the south (almost right on top of a neighboring town, we live on a valley that's more or less flat for miles) was a DIM disk on the clouds. Almost like as if something round and lighted was within the clouds.

    The thing is it stops and then circles and then stops again. Always in the same path. And it never lost the disk shape. You bet the hairs on the back of my neck were standing LOL.

    We woke up my sister who had a digicam and tried to film it, but it was too dark. I think she still has the footage but asides from us (mom, dad, two sis, my younger bro, and me), I don't think anything is really visible on it.

    When the disk starts to our direction, it's very frightening. LOL. It stayed for about an hour, then my dad said it returned later. Also it was moving quite fast. It looks pretty slow from our POV but imagining it moving around there, you have to realize that it's moving faster than your average plane.

    You've got to understand that we're a family of skeptics LOL. And if we haven't seen that we wouldn't have believed it.

    My dad came up with the explanation that it was some cloudseeding operation on the Kitanglad mountain range. But when I researched it, cloud seeding is mostly done by plane and missiles. And that didn't look like a missile. Of course it could have been a searchlight or something (a la Batman), but there are no searchlights here LOL, and I don't know of any other manmade light that has enough power to do that.

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    Anyway on to more mundane phenomena. icon_razz.gif

    The comet that was visible in the 1990's. I can't remember the exact date or what comet it was. I was very young. I remember looking out of the family car (we were coming home from a trip) as my parents pointed it out and thinking it was very beautiful. icon_razz.gif

    Also a late afternoon, the sky was golden and the moon hung just above the western horizon and it looked like a big balloon, lit gold on one side and reddish on the other.

    And yeah, another episode from childhood. I think we've seen the skylab or another satellite. My brother and some friends were spreadeagled on the concrete dryer we once had just beside our house watching for meteorites. When I suddenly noticed a star moving across the sky. It wasn't a plane because it was tiny and white and there was no sonic boom. If you move your eyes a bit, you'd lose it. But yeah we all saw it. Even then I knew it wasn't a UFO but probably something manmade. Hehe
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    Mar 07, 2008 6:02 PM GMT
    Watching the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the ash fall was so thick you had to drive with your headlights on just to see.
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    Mar 07, 2008 6:08 PM GMT
    I've seen a few.

    Watching a 20 foot basking shark trying to get out of a fishing weir in the Bay of Fundy was kind of neat. It could not figure it out and the fishermen had to help.

    Seeing a basking shark breach (jump out of the water) only about 10 feet from the boat was also pretty amazing. Sharks breaching is a sight to behold.

    Staring into the left eye of a 50 foot right whale as it went below the whale-watching boat I was on. It had a very calm, curious and intelligent expression on its' face. It was about 10 feet below the surface of the water.

    Watching two right whales having sex was also something special. You think you are well-hung? A male right whale's erection is around 5-6 feet long.

    Watching a right whale breach about 200 feet from the boat over and over again (same day as above). It reminded me of a submarine launched ballistic missile. Very impressive. It was a young male that had just gotten the okay from the female to have sex. Maybe it was its' first time?
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    Mar 07, 2008 6:41 PM GMT
    I don't know where to start.
    I grew up on a farm and thus saw a lot of stuff.

    I was helping with a birth once and realized both my arms were up to the triceps inside a cow's vagina trying to turn the calf inside around so it would come out the correct way.

    I watched a twister (not a full tornado) cause the boards to levitate as we were cutting them at the sawmill. The same twister ripped an enormous 24ft diameter tree out of the ground in front of us and slam it to the hillside.


    I once held a miscarried cow fetus. It fit in the palm of my hand.

    I saw a two-headed puppy once.

    I watched a crazed (she was knocked up too young) mama cat EAT her newborns!

    There is more, those are the ones that come to mind.

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    Mar 07, 2008 7:09 PM GMT
    yeah, growing up on a farm gives us an unfair advantage...
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    Mar 07, 2008 7:50 PM GMT
    Watching a little creek, 8 inches deep and about 3 ft wide turn into a raging river about 6 ft deep and 45ft wide in about 15 minutes, then going back down to normal about 2 hrs later. It washed away the road that goes through my camp too. Turns out the county decided to remove a beaver dam of the creek and didn't bother to tell anyone down the creek.

    Standing in 1 spot for about 2 minutes while half of me was getting rained on and the other half wasn't.

    If you've never seen the Northern Lights (Aura Borealis), they are absolutely amazing. There was one night they filled the entire sky and streaks of different colors went shooting back and forth as the sky was rippling. Absolutely amazing.
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    Mar 07, 2008 9:54 PM GMT
    Probably have 2 at the house where I grew up...

    In 1995 I went out to check my horse and found 2 deer in the paddock along with my horse and

    In 1999 there were a group of coyotes that had come up and were looking in the back storm door of the garage
    (main door left open since it was summer). Our dogs were in the garage and were barking up a storm
    (that was prior to beagle time).
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    Mar 07, 2008 9:59 PM GMT
    I've also had lightning twice strike the ground in front of the vehicle I was in back on the farm.

    Once, my entire family and several of the farm hands sat for 2 hours watching a praying mantis and a big spider battle to the death. The spider won despite the mantis removing 3 of its 'legs' in the fight.
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    Mar 07, 2008 10:02 PM GMT
    Heading to Reykjavik, Iceland from the airport Keflavik.

    Iceland has no indigenous trees and therefore grows trees in tree farms outside of Reykjavik. The orderly rows of trees are unnerving; they give an impression of poorly planned stage dressing.
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    Mar 07, 2008 10:29 PM GMT
    One summer morning when I went out by a creek in Virginia to go bug hunting, I spooked a whole shore-line full of newly emerged Mayflies. This huge cloud of shimmering gossamer wings rose into the air. It took my breath away...I still remember it 35 years later!
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    Mar 07, 2008 10:33 PM GMT
    I accidentally picked up a rattlesnake in the wild once. Thank gosh I had one of the dogs with me and he took care of it.
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    Mar 07, 2008 10:36 PM GMT
    Strangest thing I saw was last year when a golden retriever had a raven riding on it's back. A group of us were all at my buddy's house and we see this large yellow dog with with a huge black mark on its back. As the figure got closer we noticed it was a raven perched on a golden retriever. Couldn't believe it. The dog was giving the raven a ride. We all thought we were seeing things, but sure enough, the dog kept walking with the raven on its' back and disappeared in to woods.

    It was awesome.
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    Mar 07, 2008 10:40 PM GMT
    for a while in college i studied photomicroscopy and was snapping picks of an amoeba undr phase contrast that was "selecting" perfectly shapped diatoms to glue together around itself to make a protective shell. it would extend a psuedopod and surround a broken or flawed diatom, leave it and then find one that was perfect and seal it in place. a one celled blob perhaps being able to feel (as we can perceive it) and know which ones were the best...very interesting to me anyway.
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    Mar 07, 2008 11:01 PM GMT
    Mikesw saidfor a while in college i studied photomicroscopy and was snapping picks of an amoeba undr phase contrast that was "selecting" perfectly shapped diatoms to glue together around itself to make a protective shell. it would extend a psuedopod and surround a broken or flawed diatom, leave it and then find one that was perfect and seal it in place. a one celled blob perhaps being able to feel (as we can perceive it) and know which ones where the best...very interesting to me anyway.


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    Mar 07, 2008 11:12 PM GMT
    no, i dont think so...arranging baby cows inside the mother and holding a fetus is actually pretty fascinating, i can only imagine. althought the amoeba experience enticed me for quiet a while (and i was getting graded on the photos) most people would have little interest and would find your experiences more exciting.
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    Mar 07, 2008 11:26 PM GMT
    I saw a squirrel eating a dead rat once...Haven't been right since.
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    Mar 07, 2008 11:38 PM GMT

    I live in Oklahoma, very dusty state and if you get lucky, you'll see a dust tornado!
    They are real cool, like mini tornadoes except made of dust and they sweep across the ground and disappear. I've seen them twice in my life and the second time one was heading right for me and I got enraptured by it. LOL, enraptured is a strong word because all it did was sweep around me and got dust in my eyes and mouth. Then poof it was gone.
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    Mar 08, 2008 2:12 AM GMT
    I used to go camping and take acid.

    So my stories do not count.
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    Mar 08, 2008 2:21 AM GMT
    One summer night when I was 10, a bunch of us kids had been playing baseball until it got dark, and then we just laid down in the field and started looking for constellations in the sky. It was totally dark by this time, but suddenly the sky turned bright as day for a moment, and then faded again to black.

    This was outside Detroit. We found out later that a piece of a meteor had fallen to earth in northern Ohio that night and we saw the light from it as it burned through the sky. I've never forgotten it.

    Also, when I was a kid in Michigan I saw the aurora borealis probably four times. Each time was spectacular. Usually just pale green, but once it was displayed in technicolors, all across the night sky. Unforgettable.
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    Mar 08, 2008 4:08 AM GMT
    Maxxtout and MunchingZombie you guys will have to come to my camp in the Clinch river in Southwest VA, so we can give you some "NATURAL" experiences LOL !!! (free of course) Runinthecity - your farm experiences reminded me of an area in southern Michigan where I lived there was a neighbor who raised beef cattle. He showed me a place where he said that his family had thrown old metal, fencing wire, and tin cans and the like in a washout, then they filled it over with dirt and made a smooth grazing place. A spring storm came, and about 35 head of cattle were grazing over this filled area with all that metal underneath. The metal attracted the lightning and killed everyone of those cattle that were standing there.
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    Mar 08, 2008 5:12 AM GMT
    jprichva saidOne summer night when I was 10, a bunch of us kids had been playing baseball until it got dark, and then we just laid down in the field and started looking for constellations in the sky. It was totally dark by this time, but suddenly the sky turned bright as day for a moment, and then faded again to black.

    This was outside Detroit. We found out later that a piece of a meteor had fallen to earth in northern Ohio that night and we saw the light from it as it burned through the sky. I've never forgotten it.

    Also, when I was a kid in Michigan I saw the aurora borealis probably four times. Each time was spectacular. Usually just pale green, but once it was displayed in technicolors, all across the night sky. Unforgettable.


    oh my gosh, i remember once when i was young, we had a visitor ring our door bell. i went to answer the door, and not two seconds later, everything seemed to go completely white, like a huge flash. it was broad daylight, but the brightness was just... unexplainable. i never found out what caused it.