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An interesting mix of fakes and real.

 

 

 

Regardless of the flattening of the crop, one can immediately see the distortions in the dimensions. Clearly of human origin

Milk Hill, Nr Stanton St Bernard, Wiltshire.

Reported 29th May.

 

Text from Stuart Dike:

Probably the most unusual and perplexing design to have appeared so early on in a crop circle season. Many of us normal expect to witness the conventional forms of circles or some kind of formation based around circular geometry. However this design certainly  wasn't devoid of these characteristics, but its shape raised a number of eyebrows and  caution towards its origin.  

The Crop Circle Connector has to be honest, and confess that we felt very unsure about  this event initially, and indeed this feeling hasn't entirely debated. What was really fascinating and very confusing at the same time, was its floor construction. It was the quality of the floor pattern that stood out from our entire experience of this design.  

My note: The artificial nature of the formation may be seen from the following diagram:

 

The Firs, Nr Beckhampton, Wiltshire.

Reported 5th June

 

Reported by Maria Wheatley

Hi, crop circle in wheat? Location - Furze Farm, Beckhampton, behind Bronze Age round barrows, covers the entire field around 700 ft long, consisting of 5 circles each about 150 ft across, according to Busty Taylor. Seen from the Beckhampton to Devizes road at 15.00 hours on 5. 6. 05. Can bee seen better from Knoll Down car park area. Photo half a mile from it 18.30 rain, low cloud.

Russell Stannard:

The new formation reminds me  of Barton-Le-Clay, Nr Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
Reported 6th August 1996.

 The rough work of the flattened grain and irregular lines show it is human.

 

Clatford Bottom, nr Marlborough, Wilshire.

Reported 12th June.

 

Dubbed the "swallows" because of the similarity to swallows in flight. The three birds could be seen as departing from their nest.

 

Report from Mike Callahan:

 

After a brief exchange with the Mark, Julian and Stuart from CCC I went up to the formation via the tramlines. The formation had not many visitors as the crop was breaking underfoot. The crop flowed in large sweeping directions in a mainly circular pattern. At various places in the formation there were open central splays while in other places there were standing tufts. As you can see from the pictures there were areas where there just a few stems remaining every few feet.

 

On leaving the formation I had a look at a few of the ‘grapeshots’. To the left the crop was flattened and laying underneath the crop to its right. This was bent at a higher level but was not broken. The picture  below shows some of the stems from another ‘grapeshot’. The stems are bent at the nodes, seemingly fused but again not broken. They appear to be larger than nodes outside the circle/grapeshots. 

 

Grapeshot picture omitted.

Monkton Down, nr Winterbourne Monkton, Wiltshire. Reported 20th June.

 

 

This interesting formation shows circular lines that can only be three or four stalks wide. Because they define circles men could not have made them. The picture suggest a series of coins stacked upon one another, with gold as the dark ones, and silver as the light.

Boreham Down, nr Lockeridge,
Wiltshire. Reported 22nd June.

 

 

Text from Stuart Dike: As we entered the formation, we immediately noticed something extremely odd!  The entire outer section of the crop had been shredded, as if the farmer had come in and defaced just this part of the design. However this unusual episode became even more bizarre, as the inner design to the formation had been left totally intact. Even the four petal shapes around the perimeter had been completely untouched. Whoever had come in and cut the already downed crop had clearly enough respect for the entire design.  (This fact can be see in the above photograph where the outer flattened grain is light colored, while the inner is greener colored. Dike speculates as to the cause, but it could have been done by the heavenly Circle Makers.)

Lurkley Hill. nr Lockeridge, Wiltshire.

Reported 22nd June.

Visited on the 4th of July by Annemieke and Nick. 

Farmer Cameron (who lives in the big estate in East-Kennet) only allows people into the field after they  have asked permission. They insist on you leaving the car at the entrance of the field at the gate for the narrow road is a drive-through for the farmer. Admittance will be given until further notice for the same field will be used for clay-pigeon shootings later this month. 

From the top of the hill you have a lovely bird-eyes view. No permission is necessary to climb that hill. Despite of its being there for a few days yet it is rather unharmed because not many people have entered the field so far.

The complete formation has a rather "rough" lay. The biggest part of it is clock-wise but the outer circles are anti clock wise. There are no real centres like swirls to be found inside the formation. Where different directions of downed wheat meet the flow is really nice. 

The stems already show signs of phototropism. We did not find any blown,-or stretched nodes or any mechanical damage. The edges were quite sharp without any signs of extra pressure. It was a thrilling experience being in there( and not only because of the thunderstorm and a 18 feet high pole for pole shots).

 

 

Avebury Trusloe, nr Beckhampton, Wiltshire.

Reported 23rd June.

 

 

Importantly, the general photographic shot to the right shows intact triangles, but the shot above show breaks in the triangle to the lower left. This probably was done by later observers. If one examines the solid inner triangles one finds that they are irregular and misaligned. The irregularity extends to the outer triangles. All in all we must assess this as a fake, regardless of the statements by Mike Callahan below.

Excerpts from Field Report for Avebury, Trusloe.

Friday, June 24th by Mike Callahan

There were some lovely swirling lays but with lots of standing stems. Most of the standing stems were standing straight and had no damage at all although around them the crop was flattened. There appeared to be various ‘centres’ of these outer triangles with irregular circular swirls as part of the general lay. 

The swirls in the inner triangles were often more intense, again irregular.

The crop was not woven together tightly as in ‘nests’ as found in some formations. The pathways had a flowing lay and again there were many points where the crop was intensely swirled. 

I checked out the lay at various points in the formation. There were multi-layers, often 3 to 4 layers and pointing in different directions.
 

After perusing the general lay I looked at the nodes of the crop in various parts of the formation. Stems bent at the nodes were found throughout the formation.

 

Many stems appeared to be slightly warped/kinked. These were the stems that were left standing and not stems that had been flattened and were growing upwards. There were groups of stems with bent nodes. I found no evidence of blown nodes. I compared the stems outside the triangles and they were straight. I couldn’t find any stems outside the triangles with the same characteristics.