Mike Bedward, a Marvin Gaye impersonator, photographed a UFO fleet over Alum Rock, Birmingham, U.K., on Monday.
Although Bedward, 44, had been told that extraterrestrials and their flying machines were often attracted to beautiful sights in the sky, such as rainbows, spectacular sunsets, and sunrises, he was not expecting to capture UFOs on camera when he snapped a picture of a double rainbow at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
He noticed the strange crafts in the picture for the first time when he was examining the photo later.
His saw tiny flecks on the rainbow, which, on closer examination, appeared to be cigar-shaped UFOs with vapor trails.
He told the Birmingham Mail, "I was trying to take a picture of the rainbow -- it was only later that I noticed the shapes. I'm not saying they are UFOs, although, yes, I'm a believer. I'm saying I can't explain what I've pictured, and neither can other people."
"The crafts are rectangular and glow like strip lights. I've seen strange things in the sky before. This is the first time I've had a camera with me. I believe UFOs are attracted to beautiful things like rainbows."But this is not the first time that a resident of Alum Rock has reported strange objects in the skies, suspected to be alien UFOs.
In November of last year, the police received reports of sightings of a black UFO sailing across the sky at about 7 p.m.
A witness, Paul Ryan, said, "It was a very large object which i could tell by the sets of lights in the three corners. In each corner there were many different colored flashing lights, very bright and changing colors very quickly. The object appeared to be flying very low and very slow. It was also completely silent."
"I continued to watch for a couple of minutes, thinking that the object might reappear further along, in a southeast direction, but it had vanished into the small low flying cloud and didn't reappear."However, the Birmingham UFO Group, which investigates claims of UFO sightings in the area, but which often takes a skeptical view of the claims, said there was an obvious natural explanation of Bedward's UFO sighting.
According to Dave Hodrien, chairman of the group, what Bedward saw wasn't a UFO but the effect of lens flare due to scattering of light in his camera lenses.
"It's very rare that we see a picture and think, 'wow.' It's very rare we see something that can't be explained. In this instance the probable explanation is lens flare, a scattering of light in the lens system. It has nothing to do with the rainbow. It's caused by sunlight."[Images: Soul Legend via Birmingham Mail]