The fourth story—more crop circles

It’s a little hard to change gears after studying and writing about crop circles for a month, so here is an update. The oats the crop circles were in have been harvested. I talked to the hired field worker, who was just finishing up oat field No. 2. I asked him what he thought pushed the oats down to make those funny marks, and he replied in an unusual rural accent, “Wind and rain, mostly.” But he didn’t say what the third element was.

He had a strange look and way about him. He didn’t say that he saw what my companion and I had seen minutes earlier when we drove by the other oat field. Up in the top middle of the farthest slope appeared to be an image resembling a human head with neck and torso. The head had big owl eyes that, according to my friend, moved in an illusionary fashion. How could a new image appear in fresh stubble? Had the farmer’s tractor done this, and was the sunlight helping this appearance? Whatever it was, we should have brought the camera because we returned days later to find it gone.

I’ve learned many new things about crop circles recently. Did you know Europe has more crop circles than the United States? England has more crop circles than any other European country, but this year so far, its hoax rate is nearly 50 percent. Authentic crop circles have appeared near Stonehenge on Salisbury, southern England, for many years, and a dramatic increase began in the early ’80s. Thousands flock to see Stonehenge and the newest batch of crop circles during the crop season.

One of the largest and most complex crop circles occurred very close to Stonehenge. On the day of its making, a small airplane flew over Stonehenge and the field adjacent to Stonehenge, where the crop circles appeared. An hour later, he flew over it again on his way back over Stonehenge and discovered the amazing circles. The pilot swears that on his first pass, the field was empty, which means the circles were made in less than half an hour.

Since the great increases in crop circle numbers began in the early ’80s, the complexity of their design has slowly increased to an incredible level witnessed in the ’90s to now. Single circles gave rise to circles with rings, then double circles and rings, and so forth to a current geometric complexity today that is unsurpassed.

I’ve learned that the United States produces low numbers of crop circles. The reasons are being debated. Some suggest that due to the vastness of America’s farmlands, America should produce large numbers of crop circles. But the vastness makes for remoteness; however, we have a ton of roads and just as many airplanes to view the land. It’s argued that Europe, and England in particular, is at ease with crop circles. England expects them and delights in their appearance. I can imagine emerging religions or the awakening of old ones and even a few wagering pools, all in the crop circle cause. Crop circles seem to respond to interest in England. Groups of people have not only wished for crop circles to appear in a given area, but for a certain type also. And guess what? It happens!

Rod Myers is a local resident with an interest in the environment and disability issues. He has an associate’s degree in science and a bachelor’s in fine arts. Rod is a member of the Audubon Society, the Wild Ones Natural Landscapers and Rockford Amateur Astronomers, Inc.

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