2000 - 2

 

 

Grafton Down, nr Wexcombe, Wiltshire.

Reported 8th June.

 

Some doubt exists about the authenticity of this formation. It would have been easy for human construction, and contains "signature" circles some yards away. We find double "signature" elements, either as circles or as standing tufts of grain, on several formations. The tracks between circles probably were made by observers. The grain is laid with the same clockwise rotation in all circles. Some irregularity shows on some of the circles.

Pack Lane, East Oakley, nr Basingstoke. Hampshire.

Reported 12th June.

 

The circle is at Pack Lane, East Oakley, Basingstoke, Hants.

Grid ref: 598-510, It is in Winter Barley.

The approx size is 72mtrs and it is a flower type pattern.

Wakeley, nr Corby, Northampton.

Reported 13th June.

 

Report by Nick Nickolson: This is a fairly old formation, at least three weeks old, maybe more, and is in barley. From the A47 it could readily be seen about a mile south of the road and in a field immediately west of Wakerley Church. It is a large formation covering over five tractor lines. From the A47 it looked to have six curved spokes made up of circles within a ring also made of circles. We could not gain a good vantage point and the formation itself sits in a shallow dip in the field, so it is easily obscured if you are close.

 

The EMCCCS have spent a great deal of flying time and money obtaining these aerial shots. While they are not first class, they are the only ones.

Market Harborough, nr Dingley, Leicestershire. Reported 18th June.

 

This formation was a precursor of another formation to appear in 2005. The images are rough, and difficult to follow, but see below. The design is a series of "coins" laid upon one another in a five X five array.

Windmill Hill, nr Avebury, Wiltshire.

Reported 18th June.

 

This formation is amazing in that it uses lines and spaces to create an optical illusion of a grid imposed upon a three dimensional background. The illusion is successful due to the ways in which shape and line are intermixed. The largest and least distorted shapes are in the center. The shapes become progressively thinner and smaller as they get farther away from the center, which makes them seem to recede into space. The lines also reinforce the illusion. The center horizontal and vertical lines are straight, even though they may not at first appear to be so. This entire effect may be seen by looking at a small thumbnail of the formation. (Exact photo reproduction, except for size.)

 

Bishop Cannings Down, nr Beckhampton, Wiltshire. Reported 18th June

 

This formation is also somewhat designed to appear wrapped around a sphere. See thumbnail below. The lay of the grain in the center is such that it reflects light differently for the three triangular sections, helping to emphasize the illusion. In fact, the lay of the grain is all sections appears to be carefully arranged to highlight the effect.

 

South Field, Alton Priors, Wiltshire.

Reported 19th June.

 

Text from Stuart Dike:

 

On the Monday morning, we received news of this wonderful formation in Barley at Southfield Nr Alton Priors. It came as a surprise, after what was an action packed weekend, with two very fine formations, already put down in the surrounding area.

This latest design, was exquisite in nature, not only because of its delicate beauty in design, but also for its floor construction. Masterful in execution, and the (Crop) Connector regards it as the finest in the area at  present.

The picture to the left is a digitally enhanced version of the real photo above. This tends to "clean it up" while maintaining the overall image.

 

The pole shot below shows how it appeared to those who entered it from the ground.

 

 

Eynsford, Darenth Valley, nr Farningham, Kent. Reported 24th June.

 

Text from Ann Pedersen, David Taylor & Graham Tucker

 

Nestling on a hillside, less than a mile away from Eynsford village, is one of the most beautiful formations ever to appear in Kent.  We've had past difficulties locally with hostile farmers, but this time the Circlemakers have placed it on a public footpath known as the Darent Valley Path, which runs straight through it.  This approximate 350 ft formation is in wheat. The formation was about a week old. It consists of three large circles linked by arcs of smaller circles (11 in 2 of them, and 14 in the other) ... at least that's what we think, because some of us experienced disorientation and had to re-count several times (wow!).  There was no evidence of broken stems, except where visitors had obviously trod, and even weeds and thistles had obeyed the commands of the Circlemakers and had simply bowed down!

 

Text from Joyce Galley:

 

The first walkabout in the circles identified 36 circles with two undecided because they were so small that at first glance they did not appear to be circles but a few downed stalks of corn. When we looked at these more closely there were signs of a few splayed stalks in the centre of each so we will count these too giving an overall total including the three large circles of 39. All circles were laid clockwise, and at the risk of sounding too subjective the whole formation resembled a giant circular doodle!. The largest circle measured 85ft and the smallest 2ft. There were standing stalks on the outer edges of tramlines where these bisected some of the circles, forming a thin curtain of stems across part of the circles. The crop had been heavily laid beneath the top clockwise layer which still retained much of the bloom. There were broken bases to some of the wheat stems but as many were found unbroken, lying flat to the ground. As a public footpath ran through one of the larger circles I was surprised to find so many undamaged stems.

 

 

Bishop Cannings, nr Devizes, Wiltshire.

Reported 27th June.

 

 

This formation has been treated geometrically to determine its design parameters. Note the 8 arcs run from each corner to their opposite.