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UK Crop Circles June 2016 [hj]

The first formation of June 2016 was a ‘stage two’ of a circle from May, in a big sloping barley field opposite Silbury Hill in Wiltshire, reported on 5 June (this and other photos in this article by Steve Alexander except where indicated).

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The same weekend saw two formations in the same corner of Wiltshire, near the town of Mere, both reported on 6 June. The first (and the first of the season in wheat) was a little scrappy though not without its supporters, in particular the Facebook page Clendestine Esoterical Mysterious Universe. This was the first of three circles this month to be announced to the world via this page and I wish they would not do it. As Miles Challett has explained in another post on this blog, it kills any mystery and ambiguity the circle might have had and in the process kills the circle itself. Whatever happened to circles just appearing in a field somewhere and waiting for someone to discover them?

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The second Mere circle was a much more pleasing affair, a play of five and ten fold geometry rendered very precisely in barley.

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This was followed by the second Clandestine Esoterical Mysterious Universe circle of the month, at Wylye, Wiltshire on 16 June (photo by Lucy Pringle). This was the first circle CEMU withheld the location to, giving clues as to its location and opening up a guessing game.

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The summer solstice always sees at least one circle. This year, rather than it being in the traditional seat of Wiltshire, it was the turn of Hampshire, more specifically a huge sloping wheat field opposite the Science Centre on Chilcomb Down. The delicate floral design was most pleasing.

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Things took a downturn, with the daft ‘sharks’ circle in wheat above Hackpen Hill on 23 June. Some people seemed to like this design. I am not one of them.

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Things swiftly improved however with this beautiful wheat design on Gander Down near Ovington, Hampshire on 24 June, which calls to mind the ‘time tunnel’ and ‘vortex’ designs of 2006. It is definitely my favourite circle of the year so far.

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This lovely floral design appeared at Popham, Hampshire, on 27 June in wheat.

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Unfortunately the month was to end on a sour note, with another ‘location withheld’ CEMU circle at White Sheet Hill, Wiltshire, on 29 June. At least this one was a lot more precisely constructed than their other efforts.

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This next circle appeared at Andover on 30 June (photo credit not known). Though it looks intriguing from this ground shot, aerials later revealed a horrendously wonky construction.

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I have also had reports of two other circles not mentioned above and which to my knowledge have not been photographed. First, at Winterbourne Whitechurch, near Blandford, Dorset. The farmer was apparently furious and cut the circle not long after it appeared. Second, at Eton Wick near Slough, Surrey. No further details. I will update this post in future if any additional information come to light.

A Beginner’s Guide To Circle Killing [mc]

Some of you will be aware of a new crop circle Facebook page, entitled Clandestine Esoterical [sic.] Mysterious Universe (and which came up in my post Staggering Hypocrisy # 2 – readers of that post will see that Matt Williams and I agree on something). Here’s CEMU’s most recent Facebook post:-

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This is the second time they’ve done this, post pictures of a circle with the location withheld, and hold competitions to guess the locations from cryptic clues. And the purpose of this exercise is what, exactly, gentlemen?

“We have been informed…” they say. No they haven’t. They made it. Make a circle, tease its location, turn it into a guessing game. What is the point of that? And with the game becoming the focus, the circle itself is relegated to an afterthought. Will anybody care about this circle by season’s end? Will it even be remembered?

Have you guys forgotten the essential tenets of circle making? As I’ve quoted elsewhere on this blog from ‘goatboy’ on the Crop Circle Connector forum, “Enter field. Make circle. Leave field. Shut the fuck up.” And that’s really all there is to it. Once you’ve made the circle you have to distance yourself from it totally, allow it to succeed or fail on its own merits. Teasers and guessing games do it no favours at all, and only draw attention to the fact that you made it.

No one cares about circles they know are, or which can be proven to be, man-made. People like mystery. People like circles that have mystery. It’s in that ambiguity, that space between, that circles thrive. At the end of the season, Clandestine Esoterical [sic.] Mysterious Universe’s circles will just be remembered as “that bunch of hoaxers who played games about the locations of their hoax circles”. No one will give a damn.

Miles Challett