What was it?
My friend and I were both 16 years young, back in 1977, in Columbus, Georgia, and we were sitting outside in this small patch of woods next to my house in the suburbs. There were small wooded areas between the houses in the subdivision where houses would soon be built, but in the meantime, we would use them to build forts and just generally hang out. So we were sitting there, talking about girls as usual, when we looked over and saw a light, like an ordinary floodlight, and not excessively bright (because I could look right into it without any glare) and about two feet in diameter; but it had just suddenly and silently lit up just above the treetops where we were sitting under some pine trees...The treetops were maybe 40 feet high at most, and this light had just suddenly turned on maybe three feet or so above the tops of those trees. I looked at it in disbelief, but then looked over at the ground underneath it, about 15 feet away, and saw where the light was shining on the ground underneath this light, forming a lit circle, about 20 feet in diameter...and when I looked back up, I saw this light just turn off, or go out. Not a sound, nothing. No planes, nor helicopters, nor anyone in the pencil thin branches aat the tip tops of the trees could possibly have caused this thing, whatever it was...My jaw dropped, and my friend hauled *** outta there, terrified...I wasn't as scared as maybe I should have been, because I kept trying to make some sense of what had just happened to us, or rather, what exactly it was that we saw. But at the time, I was in complete and total AWE.To this day it drives me insane to even think about, because I simply cannot explain what it was that we had seen that night. It all happened in less than a minute, but it is etched in my memory as the one and only experience of my life that I have no logical explanation for. We saw no craft, we heard no sounds, just that one inexplicable light just appear, shinee on the ground, and disappear. I could focus on the light itself, so I know that its distance was no more than 40 feet or so away...My question is this: Has this ever happened to anyone else out there, or can anyone offer me some way to logically fit this into some frame of reference that would finally get this thing, this happenstance, to quit gnawing at me? I really hate when I am unable to make sense of something---and this one has me completely flabbergasted.