Well we weren’t wrong in thinking that the Waden Hill formation (see 26th April news below) boded well for the 2008 season; the crop circles have been coming thick and fast this year, some of them rather rubbish but most of them exemplary, all interesting in their own way, and providing what we think has been the best season for a good few years.
The overwhelming majority of this year’s formations have been in Wiltshire. We wonder how much this is to do with Wilts’ fecund fields, how much that a circle not in Wilts would not be made note of, how much any person / force making a circle knows both these things.
One formation which wasn’t in Wiltshire, and which we think is of particular note, is this one (image by Peter Sorensen) which appeared very close to Weyland Smithy in late July. Why do we find this circle so notable, you ask?
Firstly, the curious way that it’s been largely neglected despite the fact that it’s big (Joe Croppie good formation denominator A) and complex (Joe Croppie good formation denominator B) and geometrically eloquent (Joe Croppie good formation denominator C) and suggestive of what is to come (Joe Croppie good formation denominator D) and probably references 2012 or eclipses or something (Joe Croppie good… okay, now we’re being flippant), and but a few seasons ago would have been a contender for formation of the year. We’re not sure how big it is overall; we’d guess c.350′ to c.400′ from tip to tip, the majority of which is flattened. Count the circles; there are 241 of them. Only Milk Hill 2001 – at 409 circles – beats it (it’s true, of course, that the Windmill Hill July 1999 formation – at 288 circles – also beats it on a strictly numeric level, but we’d class that as 288 grapeshot, which we don’t think is quite the same).
The other – and for us far more significant – thing about this formation is something that appears to have pretty much gone unnoticed. It effortlessly presents a total revolution in crop circle laying out. Formations of this style – myriad circles delineating a pattern – always have underlying pathways joining the circles. Whether you deem them construction lines or guider-paths put there by the circlemakers to point the way through the formation (a curious perspective that seems to be still held by few but Michael Glickman), both 1996 Julia Sets, the Milk Hill 2001 formation, and myriad other formations have them. This one doesn’t. This formation has no underlying pathways whatsoever. Every circle is free-standing, yet still they all lock together perfectly.
The 2008 season will continue, of course, and we expect more circles to be dropping into fields as you read this (unless you’re slack and reading this in September, in which case only stubble and best wishes remain). We’ve not had a finale yet by any means.