1999 - 4

 

As our heavenly Visitors may have said,

"This, Folks, is the way it is done."

1999 saw a new panorama of display

untouched by previous years.

As Stuart Dike predicted, it was

"a little taste for what is to come."

 

Gipsy Lane, nr Cheesefoot head, Hampshire.

Reported 1st August.

 

Apparently the farmer came through with a harvesting machine and cut off part of the upper left circle. Again one can evaluate the quality of the formation by examining the standing grain, rather than the compressed grain. It appears quite regular. Note that the four larger circles are just tangential to one another.

Henwood (2), nr East Meon, Hampshire.

Reported 3rd August.

 

This has an obvious similarity to a hex-net design. Unfortunately, the six outer small circles are not orientated all the same, with some misalignment. This could suggest that it was man-made. Note the two small circles of standing grain in the  upper right segment, suggesting a signature.

 

 

West Kennett Longbarrow, nr Avebury, Wiltshire. Reported 4th August.

 

This is another fractal design, of an accumulating variety. The following text is from Stuart Dike:

This formation was located in quite a remote part of the Avebury landscape. It was positioned about a couple of hundred yards at the back of West Kennett Long Barrow, just one field over from the Flying Duck formation in 1994.

The formation is another fine addition to the Koch designs we have been witnessing over the last three years. The season of 1999 will certainly be remembered as the year of the square. It has featured in many the major designs this year. The usual perimeter circles on the outside are present, with a wonderful three-dimensional floor pattern in the middle. The floor isnít raised, but the overall floor construction can only be appreciated from the sky, with correct shadows, the effect can be witnessed.

It was positioned on a slight brow of the hill, as it slopes down an incline, but the formation cannot be seen from the road, or from any advantage point. Only people standing in the design would pinpoint its location.

Chiseldon (2), Wiltshire
Reported 12th August

 

I include this formation because of its regularity and finesse. Circle groupings of this kind are found intermixed throughout the season with the more complex designs.
 

 

This is the most incredible intricate design so far fashioned by the Circle Makers. The complex basket weave is far beyond the ability of man.

 

From Stuart Dike:

As you are all aware now, the Farmer harvested this wonderful and incredibly important formation the moment he found out about it. These images are the only images that are available. There are no images from the ground, but a survey may well be forthcoming soon.

This formation I believe is an important shift for the phenomenon for 1999. Never before have we seen such a detail floor construction, as we now have raised weave crop, creating the basket effect. Its appearance is highly impressive from the aerial images taken, but not only that, the circles themselves also have some fascinating rotations to them. If we look closely at the detailed aerial images (which can be found at: http://cropcircleconnector.com/Sorensen/circles/1999/main.html we can clearly see that these swirls are different to what we have seen before.

Each of the largest circles placed on the outside of each arm has also a weave rotation to them. If you look at the circle on the far right, with the arm positioned at four oíclock, we can see a swirl more detailed than the rest, with a raised centre creating a two directional ĎSí swirl. The circles further down the arm do not seem to display this feature, they are formed from a more conventional rotation but the smaller circles in the centre are far too small to comment on. Indeed all of the circles on the outside have this rotated ĎSí swirl, but what is so staggering in the raised basket weave in between the arms.

Itís my prediction for the year 2000 that we will witness this shift on a larger scale in the fields of England, and who knows, maybe within our International circles? Perhaps the Circlemakers have left us with a little taste for what is to come next year, itís just a shame that we didnít receive a second type of design to round off the season, so that we could experience it probably.

Bishop Cannings , nr Devizes, Wiltshire.

Reported 6th August.

 

 

Stanton St Bernard (3), nr Alton Barnes, Wiltshire. Reported 14th August.

 

From Stuart Dike:

 

As we entered the Celtic Knot section to the formation, there were many independent sections, with boxes and rectangles were the crop just falls flat at one point then suddenly stopped just before the tramlines. A good friend on ours entered the formation a day earlier and noticed that several layers on top of each other, with tissue softening at one point where the plants were bent over, but they were apparently not broken at the time. Overall the Knot itself has a messy look to the construction, but we have to take into account the maturity of this crop at this time in the season.

 

From Mark Archambault, Nashua, New Hampshire, USA:

 

I spent an hour and a half inside the spiral and knot on August 15. My impression of the knot was of "order from chaos". I experienced a "mind shift" when picturing how elegant it looked from a helicopter the previous day, compared to how subtle, and yet chaotic, it looked on the ground. I was then overcome by feelings of bliss, awe, and gratitude. Afterwards, I felt somewhat feverish and stimulated for several hours. In a bit of synchronicity, I purchased a T-shirt last year with Celtic spirals and knots on it that says: "The spiral, symbol of eternity" Interesting!

Bishop Cannings (4), Wiltshire
Reported 22nd August

This obvious fake was too much for some persons to resist. A clear imitation of our notion of "ET."

 

Avebury Manor, Wiltshire
Reported 1st September

Text from Peter Sorenson:

Ulrich flew over Avebury this morning, where he found an attractive, 150-foot formation, with 8-fold geometry, in the field bordering the NW quadrant of the henge. There is a "signature" not far away that is the Greek letter Pi - the essence of circle-ness, of course.

The 90-foot center circle has a bird's nest in the middle, which spirals out for a few feet, overlapping a radial lay, which in turn overlaps a clockwise lay that completes that circle.

Each of the eight medium size circles has a different lay, ranging from the conventional, to S-swirl, to a sort of bizarre, spiral snake.  These circles are each crowned with a small crescent, and (counting the ones inside the crescents) eight grapeshot adorn all of the eight "branches."

My wide shot is heavily "Photoshopped," but the close-up is not altered at all.

By "Photoshopped" Sorenson means retouched to remove the distracting tractor lines. The Pi symbol was rejected by some persons as too obvious a fake. Since our Circle Makers are intimately familiar with us, it is not too far fetched to believe it is real.

Last formation of the season.

Below is a close-up of some of the grain compression.