Ox Drove, nr Wylye, Wiltshire.
This is a highly unusual , but strangely fascinating design. It was first reported on the 16th of June, but we didn’t get to photograph it until almost a month later in July. The green barley had ripened to a beautiful warm golden brown, with a slight twist of red. The field had been greatly damaged by the time we reached it, wind and rain had flattened much of the field, which was located on an exposed slope. However, rather than completely ruining the formation, we found that it had merely changed the feel of the place. Gone were the original crisp lines of the formation, replaced by a gentile and ephemeral softness; the warmth of the crop mixed with a little atmospheric cloud made for quite a spellbinding experience. Rather than being disappointed to have missed the formation at its best, we were amazed at the beautiful mottled texture of the field and how visible the design still was despite all the damage to the crop. It got us thinking about how crop circles change, how they ‘age’ or are ‘seasoned’ over time before they are finally harvested at the end of the summer.
The design is essentially eightfold in nature and contains four square spirals and four cats-eye-like shapes. Eight is the number of resonance, or periodical renewal. It is about moving to another level, when we suddenly find ourselves moved up (or down) a level, but simultaneously also back at the beginning – just as the sounding of the octave takes back to the same note but in a different scale – its often called ‘the new return’. We have seen square spirals many times in the crop circle design cannon before, they seem almost romanesque, and the cat’s-eyes take us back to 1998 where there were famously two small cats’-eye formations – one the inversion of the other.
FYI: This formation features in our 2016 Crop Circle Photo Box-Set and you can see a section of 10 x 15 inch Photo Enlargements from this season here and 20 x 30 inch Photo Enlargements here. This formation also features in our Crop Circle Year Book 2016. Every sale helps us continue our work!
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NOTE: Some of the images below are beautiful landscape scenes. Click on each image to enlarge them and see the whole picture.
This formation is currently on the drawing board list. Check back on this page for images as soon as I have them.
This crop circle has been harvested