2000 - 1

 

The year 2000 opened with a surprising

number of fakes. It appears that

the Circle Makers made room for

foolish man. Nevertheless,

they soon were hard at work.

This was the most spectacular year thus far.

 

Wrotham, nr  Farningham, Kent.

Reported 14th May.

 

This surprising formation, coming early in the season, was in young barley. When the aerial shot was taken the crop was quickly recovering, showing that it was not man made.

 

The image of a knotted torus to the left shows the concept the Circle Makers were attempting to convey. Thanks to Peter Kleinferchner.

 

The farmer forbid access to his field to permit measurements.

Stantonbury Hill, nr Bristol.

Reported 18th May.

 

Text from Stuart Dike:

As you can see from the images we managed to capture, the crop had risen quite dramatically, indicating that it had to be over a week old in the 
field, due to its brushed appearance. Because of the deteriorating weather at the time, we couldn't actually visit the formation, until another two days. 

On entering the field, after taking a number of shots from the side of the field, we discovered that the Barley itself, inside the individual circles, was only a couple of inches lower than the rest of the field This made life very difficult to obtain any evidence from the ground, and a survey will not be available, because we felt it would have been like walking through unaffected standing crop.

There are 21 circles in total, including the central circle, diminishing, increasing, then decreasing in size around the tail. It is obviously a classic Julia Set formation, very similar to the design which appeared last  year at Newton St Loe. From the video wide image on the report, there is an evident central connecting pathway, which links all the circles around the  tail. Interesting to note, that the same pathway was also on the Newton St Loe, and on other Julia Sets, like the famous 1996 Stonehenge formation. 

Its location within the field, was almost in the exact position as the two designs which appeared in 1999. The fact that it was placed very close to the hedgerow, meant that it could not be seen from the road, only from  Winsbury Hill, and possibly Stantonbury Hill. This was probably why it  hadn't been reported sooner after its appearance. 

 

Winsbury Hill, nr Marksbury, Bristol.

Reported 31st May.

 

Text from Stuart Dike:

 

Dramatic, awe-inspiring, powerful, was once again an expression of words on how we felt about this second formation to hit the Marksbury area. On arrival, we suddenly realized it was in the same field, as the Julia Set earlier in the month. But this time, it was positioned correctly further down the field, in view of the road. In fact, its actual location in the field, was so close to the edge of the field, that its bottom two circles could be seen to be cutting into the public footpath, running parallel with the field. Mark and myself, found ourselves in quite a unique situation, as we didn’t even have to enter the field to reach the formation.

Our observations from the road were correct. Tthe bottom two circles were flowing into the footpath, positioned side by side. Both were rotating in a clockwise rotation, and they set the theme for the entire formation, as every circle was flowing in a clockwise spiral. There were eleven in total, creating an ‘S’ shape design, with two smaller circles on each end, both 7.7 meters in diameter. A very interesting central pathway, which was flattened below the main floor pattern of the formation, ran the entire length, connecting each circle. It ran from the bottom to the top but started only from the third circle from the bottom.

The general quality of the floor pattern was quite impressive. However it did vary from circle to circle, as the bottom two, were quite rough, but it seemed to improve as the circles swirled up the field. The central circle was very nice with splayed centers, but generally the crop was amazingly showing early signs of recovery. Very well executed formation, with a wonderful design, and such presence, in what is regarded as the ‘in crop’ at this time of year. The wheat is too short in June, so bring on the Barley! I’m sure we would all like to see more of these designs, retaining the phenomenon’s inherited elements … circles!!

Silbury Hill, nr Avebury, Wiltshire. Reported 2nd June.

 

A probable fake.

 

I include this picture for the quaint

English scene.

 

Bringhurst, nr Corby, Leicestershire.

Reported 6th June.

 

Zef Damen of the Netherlands did a geometric reconstruction of this formation to shows its analytical foundation. The red lines are from his reconstruction. See his study at Crop Circle Connector archives.

 

 

Located at Bringhurst, just behind the church, a large sloping field played host to this rather strange formation, with an even stranger named footpath running through the field: Jurassic Way! The formation is in barley. The pattern contains a multi pointed cog-like centre with a small laid circle at its heart. The formation was down for some weeks before discovery so any conclusion as to its origin is not possible. The complex geometry suggests it was heavenly made.

 

Once again this formation was analyzed geometrically by Zef Damen of the Netherlands. The red lines below right are from his reconstruction. See his study at Crop Circle Connector archives.

Silbury Hill (2), nr Avebury, Wiltshire.

Reported 11th June.

 

Report by Charles R Mallett:

 

Once again Silbury Hill has been the venue for crop circle activity of the highest quality. This time we get two formations in the same field on the same night. Both of these works are situated in a field of barley that runs parallel with the busy A4 between the Wagon & Horses pub and Silbury Hill. 

The farmer has reported to us that he took a drive past the field this morning at (approximately) 3-30am. He says there was nothing to be seen in the field at the time that he considered odd or suspicious  in any way. 

The first formation (looking from Silbury Hill) is an eight pointed star created almost integrally out of downed crop which is surrounded by four concentric rings that give the formation a very orbital look. The outer ring gives us an overall diameter of 230ft.  The interior of the rather impressive star has a number of small standing tufts with sunburst style sprays of barley radiating out from the base. 

The downed areas of this formation have a very fluid and rather pleasing look of quality that we were both very impressed with. Taken as a whole this is a work to savor & behold.

Pack Lane, East Oakley, nr Basingstoke. Hampshire. Reported 12th June.

 

The circle is at Pack Lane, East Oakley, Basingstoke, Hampshire. Grid ref: 598-510. It is in Winter Barley. The approximate size is 72 mtrs and it is a flower type pattern. The lay of the grain, with irregular pattern, suggests if may be man mad.