FIELD REPORT FROM WOODBOROUGH
HILL 10th June 2012
I arrived only just in time at
09:30. The formation was in the middle of the field on the right of the
bridleway up to Woodborough Hill and as it straddled 4 tramlines it
would have been hard to pick the wrong one. The crop was young winter
wheat, which was surprisingly tall and well grown for the season. Still,
the curvature of the field and the smallish size of each component of
the pattern meant that the formation was invisible until I was 20m away
[first view looking SE to
Only from the slopes above leading
up to Woodborough Hill was it easy to spot.
[overview from N side].
My first impression was of the
lightness and flow of the lay. It looked very fresh and untrodden
Many stems were kinked at the nodes
indicating regrowth towards the light, which suggested that the
formation was at least several days old.
Bear in mind that the weather has
been wet and rainy all week and only someone standing on the slope above
the field could have seen the formation. However there were also
numerous stems which had apparently never been flattened and which still
poked up through the laid crop.
Sometimes the two types of stem
were even visible right next to each other
My impression was that the crop had
only been lightly laid to start with. This was supported in my mind by
the nature of the swirled circles which gave me the impression of very
rapidly drawn brush strokes
[swirled mini circle]
Nevertheless there was a sense of
great power in those 'brush strokes', shown here by the way the
surrounding wheat was pushed out to the sides
The next photo shows the 'joint' of
what I called the angel's wings - from the aerials, I saw the three
units of the formation as 3 angels for some reason, with short stubby
wings! - and also shows how the force radiates from a single point.
You can see there and maybe better
in the next photo that there are mud splashes on the leaves, not
surprising after the heavy rain we've had and again suggesting the
circle was laid down several days ago.
[mud on leaves]
Some might think that the lay was
messy in this young wheat, but I saw it rather as simply rapid brush
strokes which gave a sense of energy and mastery. Here's the 'tail' of
the first angel on the NW side .
[one of the 'tails']
Each of the 'angels' had a faint
outer ring which was so delicately traced that I couldn't help but widen
it just by walking carefully along it.
[delicate outer ring]
I was still exploring the first
'angel' when after 20 minutes the farmer (or his son) drove into the
field with a tractor-mounted mower and asked us to leave (there were
three of us there by this point). He was polite and considerate about it
but was obviously not up for a discussion,
Apparently his family had had many crop circles on their land and had
originally been well disposed towards cc enthusiasts, and when more
people started coming they had tried collection boxes, but they'd given
up after the boxes were stolen. He said he was concerned about 'too
many' people visiting, which might mean he was worried about damage,
although it was pretty obvious we were being very careful not to cause
any damage, and I can't imagine that even a hundred visitors could have
done as much damage as he did himself by mowing the whole area out. I
don't think the money from a collection box could have made any
difference either; he was driving a £70,000 tractor and it was obviously
a very large and profitable farm. He did mention that someone had parked
a car by the farm buildings, and I think that annoys many farmers even
if it wasn't in anyone's way at all. (I always try to park well away
from the fields and on public roads in cases like this). But I was sorry
not to get the chance to find out more about what needs really lay
behind his decision to ban visitors and destroy the formation.
Final view from the canal bridge,
formation and tractor at upper right.
[from canal bridge]