2000 - 4

 

 

West Amesbury, nr Stonehenge, Wiltshire. Reported 19th July.

 

Fortunately, this photograph was taken before the farmer, in exasperation, came into the open circles and destroyed the grain with a plow. No one seems to know why he left the circle formations.

White Hill, nr Lockeridge Dene, Wiltshire. Reported 19th July.

 

Text from Stuart Dike:

 

White Hill, is a shallow incline of fields, just outside of the hamlet Lockeridge Dene. The field in question here, has never been used before by the phenomenon, which is very surprising, as it is a prime site, and has always been sowed for crop growing, ever since I can remember. This year this farm has been visited by a very impressive design, which is a family member of the Avebury Down formation, and Picket Hill formations. . . . It based on very simple geometry, but created a very pleasing formation.

 

I offer photographs taken from the ground, rather than from an aircraft, to show how these formations appear as someone enters the field. Regardless of their origin, they are highly impressive.

Avebury Trusloe, nr Avebury, Wiltshire.

Reported 22nd July.

This is one of the most remarkable crop formations ever created. We know from previous formations that the Circle Makers could weave the grain to produce profound effects, as in the Basket Weave of 1999. But here they reproduced the effect a magnetic iron has upon metal filings. All remaining standing crop was formed by straight lines emanating from the two focal points. A truly impressive design.

 

Uffington White Horse, nr Woolstone, Oxfordshire. Reported 22nd July.

 

 

Bubble formations seemed to be one of the favorites of the Circle Makers.

 

Text from Peter Sorenson:

 

The Uffington formation as seen from atop Dragon Hill on July 24th -- although it looked to be a few days old. The 4,000 year old Uffington
White Horse (or is it a dragon?) also looks down on the formation from a bit farther away.

 

Text from Richard Yeo:

 

A major event of "Wiltshire quality" this "thought bubble" type formation appeared on the north side of the White Horse below Dragon Hill and was the 4th event in this area within 10 years, but by far the most impressive. (Previous formation was in 1997, a dubious "smiley face" slightly to the west). Crop was wheat about a month from harvest and situated on level ground. The design was a large floral type head of approximate diameter 150ft, and 8 diminishing sized circles and one larger tail circle surrounded by a thin ring. All circles were just touching. Approximate diameters were 70ft, 46ft, 28ft, 18ft, 14ft, lift, 10ft, 10ft, 32ft. The circles were on a curving axis over 4-5 tramlines width. The full straightened length is estimated at 350-400 ft.

Silbury Hill (4), nr Avebury, Wiltshire.

Reported 25th July.

 

Text from Stuart Dike:

This design incorporated six five sided star patterns, with one north star point facing in a westerly direction. Many people thought this anomaly was a deliberate attempt to communicate the direction of the next event. In some ways, it wasnít far off, the North Down formation (which formed on the same night) which was probably the closet event in the same direction, but not quite! (Editorial note: actually I thought the offset point was to draw attention to the work of our celestial friends.)

The overall floor pattern was extremely neat, but there were a number of strange details around the formation. On one particular side of a star pattern, the floor was raised up against one of the walls of a triangular section. This is certainly a first in crop circling, and is one of many details that have appeared for the very first time this year. In fact, the entire 2000 season has been a groundbreaking year for floor patterns.

Bishop Cannings (2), nr Devizes, Wiltshire. Reported 25th July.

 

Text from Stuart Dike.

 

The second formation to appear in this field, formed on the night of the 24/25th July, but this time without the circus of events that shrouded the first initial design. Positioned only a hundred yards down from the older formation, this new pattern, I felt that it was more in harmony to what we have been used to seeing over the years. The reason for this is a combination of elements that make up the entire pattern.

 

Firstly, the pathways that create the five interlocking rings, are the correct proportions with regard to their width. Secondly, the maze effect that you experience, as you walk around the formation, is extremely important as part of the human interaction with the design. Thirdly, but just as significant, is the fact that people roam within the formation, and have space to sit and just meditate, or contemplate the design around them. These last two factors go hand in hand, but this second formation, has all these qualities, which I felt the first pattern lacked. That of course doesnít mean that I wasnít impressed by the first, itís quite an amazing pattern, but the second has a fluid quality to its design.

North Down, nr Beckhampton, Wiltshire.

Reported 25th July.

 

Text from Stuart Dike:

 

On the night of the 24/25th of July, two huge formations appeared along this road. The first one was the Bishop Cannings (2) formation, but just along the road, about one and half miles towards Beckhampton, we have this one at North Down, a contrasting design to Bishop Cannings, but equally as impressive.

 

The quality of the floor construction was pretty impressive, considering the time of the season this formation appeared in. The crop is in a transition stage, maturing from immature wheat, to a wonderful golden colour, that can at times create rather messy construction. However the central circle was very good, with no evidence of breakage, but the outer pathway wasnít quite so well laid.

Istead Rise, nr Gravesend, Kent.

Reported 29th July.

 

 

Text from Ann Pedersen:

 

This formation in wheat arrived between 8.00 pm Friday the 28 of July and 07.00 Saturday the 29 of July. It is a whopping 294 ft. measured from the outer most satellites. The floor lay is beautiful and has been constructed with six inch whorls. Although some of the satellites are not as well defined as others, there are beautiful "nests" and single standing stems in some. As well as some broken stems I found "magic bends" in both crop and weeds.  I feel I must say how impressed I was with this one.

Dodworth (2), nr Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Reported 30th July.

 

This unusual combination of formations were in wheat ready for harvesting. The larger formation seems to intricate to be man made.

 

Dodworth (3), nr Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Reported 14th August.

 

The purpose behind the combination is uncertain. The grid is petty when compared with other formations from this year. This grid appeared one-half month after the larger formation.

Bishop's Sutton, Nr Winchester, Hampshire Reported 30th July.

 

This formation appeared right next to the formation created on July 15. See picture by Lucy Pringle below.