The Marit Semeleng UFO Photograph,
Valdres Mountains, Norway, Autumn 1983, Daytime
(with Involvement by the Royal Norwegian MoD)
UFO-Norge Web article by Odd-Gunnar Røed, UFO-Norge, 1996 in Norwegian (with UFO photograph):
Below you'll find the UFO-Norge article, translated into English:
“Marit Semeleng from Valdres, Norway experienced something strange on a berry picking trip together with her husband in the autumn of 1983. She saw and photographed a bin-like object in the sky, before it suddenly disappeared after only 5-6 seconds.
A flying "trash bin"?
13 years ago, Marit Semeleng, who was then 66 years old, saw a strange phenomenon. Together with her husband, she was on a berry picking trip in the Valdres Mountains. She had just taken some photos with a camera (Kodak 224 with fixed optics) she had brought with her on their trip, when she suddenly saw a glare over their heads. The object was as bright as the sun, and she reacted almost on reflex and took a photograph, before the object disappeared for good. It all happened so fast that her husband didn’t see anything.
The result of her fast reaction can be seen in the photo. The object in the photograph is hard to make sense of, perhaps, but the fact that she saw this object and then photographed it, is a strong argument for that this photo shows something quite extraordinary. It is natural to compare the photographed object with an old trash bin. In addition, one can see two strong light sources on the front of the object.
The negative disappeared at the Norwegian MoD
Some years after the experience, she sent the negative of the photograph to an official at the Fagernes Police Office, who in turn sent it to an official at the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence’s Defence Intelligence Service. The latter person had previously been a police officer and was a friend of the officials at the Fagernes Police Office.
The negative disappeared at the Ministry of Defence and has not yet been delivered back to Marit Semeleng (as of 1996). She received a letter from the MoD, where she was told that the object, which is shown in the photo, is a damage on the film.
But then why not return the negative to the owner? Marit Semeleng is after all the rightful owner of the photo and she had seen the object she had photographed.
UFO-Norge is at the moment trying to locate the negative and we will write more about this story in number 4.
Marit Semeleng stood in the woods, with a strange feeling of having witnessed something unexplainable. She had seen something highly luminous, silent and very fast-flying. The colour was intensely white. Marit Semeleng doesn’t know of anyone else, who has witnessed the same as she did.
Someone discovered strange vehicle tracks in the area, where the photo was taken, even though it’s only possible to get there by walking. The vehicle tracks were found on stone surface in the area.”
My comment: As seen in the Espevær, Norway UFO case (the MoD investigated the case) and in this UFO photograph/witness case, one can clearly see that the Royal Norwegian MoD has an interest in the UFO phenomenon and take the subject seriously.
NOTE: An object, which was similar to the object photographed by Marit Semeleng, was allegedly seen in Maine, USA in 1982.
See: The UFO Casebook article and drawing in the UFO Magazine, Issue # 342, January 19, 2009: “Reader Recounts 1982 Encounter in Maine”: