Published: 2:17 PM 3/20/2012
Brendon Dalrymple says he has witnessed a saucer-like object with blue, red and green lights, flying around his backyard numerous times that overlooks the Salt Creek Corridor.
It’s not unusual for Brendon Dalrymple to see what some might refer to as a UFO floating casually near his backyard. He lives in Marina Hills, an area in Laguna Niguel where many strange sightings have been reported over the years.
However, that’s not to say that the California native is a believer of the unexplained, but he’s not a disbeliever either.
“I’m optimistically skeptical,” joked Dalrymple, a 49-year-old attorney. “I’m the type of person that if I do see it, I may or may not believe it. I’ll make that decision myself, but that being said, I have always had a fascination with such things from the time I was a kid.”
A Bird's-Eye View
On a cool, gray March afternoon, Dalrymple is seated in his dining room where large windows adorn an entire wall. His bird's-eye view of the Salt Creek Corridor below and beyond is picturesque, complete with breathtaking green foliage, bright red bougainvillea bushes, and colorful wild flowers dotting the hill tops. The air is damp, and the patio slightly wet after a light mist, but the sun has started to emerge.
Dalrymple has lived in the desert-colored condominium for close to 10 years, and in Laguna Niguel for almost 15. Over the course of time here, he has witnessed a handful of UFO sightings. The first was four years ago, and the most recent occurred last summer.
“When I first saw it, I was standing in my kitchen,” he said. “I always am looking out and I have to admit when I first saw it, I was pretty shocked. I thought it was amazing and being a quizzical person, I ran outside but didn’t know what it was.”
Typically, he sees coyotes and other forms of wildlife while he is seated on his patio, enjoying a cigar and a warm fire.
“On occasion, I see this thing flying around with lights on it. It’s probably three-to- four feet in circumference, it is fairly well lit and it goes back, and forth through the canyon.”
Dalrymple is quick to point out that this particular UFO has never come very close to the neck-high partition glass that surrounds his condominium’s yard.
“I’ve always seen it at night, and it has the sense of being a saucer shape, there are two layers … You can tell that is has lights on top. The lights are very bright like LED lights. It has blue, red and green lights; probably around 20 of them, it is blurred and spinning.”
Man-made or Real Deal
However, since his first sighting four years ago, Dalrymple said he has changed his views about the odd-looking object.
“The more I see it, the more I think that it is a man-driven thing rather than something truly amazing …” he said. “Mostly because it lingers only 3-4 minutes, and it comes out of same area, and goes back to the same area of the canyon.”
Dalrymple may be alone in what he has seen, for he has not heard from his neighbors whether they, too, have witnessed the saucer-like object.
“I did point it out to my wife and she agreed that it’s man-made… she is more skeptical about these things than me,” he said of wife Janice, a property manager.
Possible Extraterrestrial Life
Dalrymple said he has watched various TV shows and read books on the subject, not because he was a “fanatic but because he finds the topic of UFOs interesting.”
“When I boil it down to the number of possibilities for extraterrestrial life in this universe, there probably are other people out there. Maybe they have the technology to come here,” he said.
But in Laguna Niguel?
“Maybe they want to live close to the beach or live near the California Riviera,” Dalrymple laughed.
Another odd experience that he recalled that has also happened while living in Laguna Niguel has to do with a white owl sighting.
Dalrymple was around 25 years old and it happened not far from where he lives now, in Beacon Hill, across the same canyon, he recalled. One evening, he was watching TV with his mother, who was visiting, when they heard a strange noise.
“I heard something rustling in the fireplace cap on the roof… I went out onto the balcony, looked up at the cap, and just as I looked up, an owl came swooping down at me,” he recalled. “It swerved right by me, it was ivory – it was huge, and it scared the crap out of me. But, man it was amazing. Its full wing span in front of me was incredible.”
Dalrymple said years later, he saw a TV show about UFOs and learned about the possible connection between white owls and extraterrestrials.
“Apparently, people see owls when they see these supposed abductions,” he said. “I have a mind that makes a connection with things.”
UFOs and owls aside, last year, Dalrymple was watching yet another UFO-style program about a sighting in Alaska made by a Japan Airlines' [JAL] pilot. He reported that he was flying down a corridor from Fairbanks to Anchorage when some kind of UFO began chasing him.
“I thought this was bizarre, and my mind went back to 30 years ago when my own father was flying in that general area, and his plane went missing,” he said. “The plane [a Cessna five-seater] was never found …it’s one of those things that you think of... ”
In terms of Marina Hills, Dalrymple is not the first to see something flying through the air, as Patch wrote about last week. A local witness reported on ufostalker.com that they saw another UFO sighting near George White Elementary School. According to the site, this was the ninth sighting in a number of years.
As summer approaches, Dalrymple said he may or may not see the saucer-like object again, but he’s still keeping an open mind.
“I seem to be looking at the skies a lot differently these days,” he said.
Aren’t we all.