Chilcomb Down, Hampshire
This remarkable crop circle appeared at Chilcomb Down, near Winchester in Hampshire. It measures approximately 120ft. in diameter and is in barley crop. It is a an elegant Archimedean spiral, notoriously difficult to draw on paper, never mind in the field! Along the spiral are a series of circle (dots) and circles with connecting bars (dashes) and was soon identified as Morse Code. The circle reads “No More War”. Coinciding as it did with the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6th, its message could not be more timely, or apt. However, some see it as a message for the crop circle circle community itself – if so it could not be more timely or apt!
Chilcomb Down has been the site for many crop circles over the last 20 years. It lies close to the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium.
NOTE: Some of the images below are beautiful landscape scenes. Click on each image to enlarge them and see the whole picture.
Drawing a spiral on paper with a compass and straight edge is very difficult. It can be done using a pencil and a piece of unwinding string – but often has uneven results!
There is however a method for approximating a spiral using a compass and this was the method I used when drawing the formation – see the first image below for my practice run. Once the spiral is established the dots and dashes can be added. An unusual, but lovely piece of geometry.