Posted by: Bruce | July 11, 2015

Blacksmiths Beach, Swansea Chanel and … a UFO?

On the June 23, 2015 (a cracker of a day) and July 7, 2015 (cold, overcast, then rainy) I had some time to fill around sunset and did so with the camera. The camera also provided a bit of a mystery.

What is this? - NoNeg Imaging

The photos are at Swansea Chanel, Blacksmiths Beach and looking east or thereabouts from the northern breakwall. A click on any pic will quickly present all images, enlarged, in a gallery for better viewing (low resolution images). The first five images were taken June 23, the rest on July 7, 2015.

When checking out the images from 7th July, I was surprised to see some strange lines or swirls in a photo taken of tankers anchored off shore. I missed this the first couple of times, then it had my attention. The last three images shown in the gallery will save explanations. The original is pretty dark and flat, the next with auto contrast that’s a little odd with its colour but shows the shape, the last image is cropped showing the shape in the cloud line. Is it something or nothing? It looks weird to me.

Originally I thought camera shake but ruled that out as the camera was propped on a boulder. The ship and ocean would have moved (a big swell was on) but not the relatively stationary clouds. Was it a hair on the lens or sensor? If so, it didn’t hang around for any other other shots that I can see. Two more shots followed within the next 20 secs. I thought it might be a bird that flew into view but at 1/5 second the blur doesn’t look right.

Anyway, I hope the photos are easy on the eye and if you have a suggestion about the shape or swirls I’d like to hear it. A bird might be the go but I’m unsure. I only see an interesting effect showing a shape, above and longer than the tankers below it. I’m still guessing.

Word for today;   Images  –  There for the taking

More to come;   same blog time, same blog chanel


  1. Dah, dah, dah, dah. Very mysterious. That top one looks like somebody’s nostrils.
    Your photos are always easy on the eye Bruce.

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    • Thanks for that Mary. Nostrils eh? Well, I’ll write that down and see if anyone else has a go. I didn’t expect nostrils. Didn’t see that coming. Nostrils wouldn’t be something I’d pick.


      • Well if you did pick it, Bruce, all i can say is, I hope it’s not with your typing finger

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    • Still trying to get my head around that. 😁

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      • I hope you have a protective shower cap, Maureen. 🤭

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  2. Again great photos. As for that UFO, yes it is!
    ‘UFO clouds’ create spectacle in skies over Tasmania

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    • Thanks Maureen. And cloud formation; there’s a thought, although different conditions here at the time I took the photos. I’m going for an out of focus seagull myself. Interesting stuff in Tassie though.


  3. Out of focus is easy. It is my default setting 🙄

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