Crop Circles in the UK-2018

I was fortunate to visit the UK this past summer and I’d like to share some of my experiences around the crop circles.  I’ll be updating this post over the coming weeks, but first, I’d like to share an amazing photo of the Hackpen Hill 2 formation that occurred on June 23, 2018 near Broad Hinton, Wiltshire UK.  Notice the beautifully ‘wrapped’ wheat stalks. Just wow! (photo courtesy of Paul & Sadie at Circles B&B):

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Another Interesting Report

This week I received a phone call from a farmer north of Kingston who wondered about an unusual circle in his hay field.  It was first noticed in July while cutting the hay and was approximately 30 feet across.  Below are a couple of photos of the ‘flattened’ circular pattern which I find very interesting and possibly part of all this crop circle phenomena.

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photo credit: L.Cronk

Fraser Valley Reports

I recently learned of a past crop circle formation report from the Fraser Valley area of British Columbia.  Below are photos from one noticed in 2017.  It was in tall cattle corn, approximately 300ft and, while more of a ‘random’ shape, it contained expulsion cavities which can be found in genuine crop circles.

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Another occurred around August 1 of this year in a ‘wetland’ location of the same area.  This one (next photos) also had an interesting shape – about 15 feet long and 5 to 7 feet wide in different spots.  Also, the apical nodes (first nodes below the seedheads) were stretched.  I hope to put these reports in the archives – great news that crop circles are back in Canada, although I’m fairly certain they never really left 🙂

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Quebec Crop Circle

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A new Canadian crop circle has been reported in Quebec.  It is believed to have occurred around midnight, July 31, reported to MUFON Quebec on August 3rd, and investigated the next day. Here is the post from Marc St Germain (Quebec MUFON Director):  I was there this morning with Jean-Charles Moyen (drone pilot), Éric Tessier (FI) and Alain DesRoches (FI). We conducted an interview with the witness who saw lights in the field before the crop circle was found. We also met the owners of the field and they taught us a new way to see if it’s a hoax or not by comparing the grains from inside and outside the crop formation. The grains inside were dryer and harder than the ones outside. He said that there was a difference in wheat maturity of 10 days between the two without being able to explain it… This case in open in the CMS #93837. The witness wants to stay anonymous but agreed to be videotaped and interviewed if we don’t disclose her name or her address. We told the owners of the field that the exact location won’t be disclose to the public.

Apparently there may have been 2 or 3 other Quebec formations in recent years although as yet I don’t have information on those.  I find this latest report fascinating as I had just returned from the UK (report upcoming!) and actually said I hoped there would be a Canadian crop circle soon.  The synchronicity with this phenomenon never ceases to amaze me!

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photo credits: MUFON Quebec

 

Happy Pi Day

Today is March 14 – also known as ‘International Pi Day’ because, well, this date can be written as 3.14 – the first digits of the irrational number ‘Pi’.  Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (you can use it to calculate all sorts of neat things about the circle!) and a couple of years ago, Pi was calculated to over 22 trillion digits.  Coincidentally, Albert Einstein was born on a March 14, and Stephen Hawking passed away on this date – March 14, 2018.  Pi is fascinating and yes, there has been a crop circle which epitomizes it.  This formation occurred on June 1, 2008 at Barbury Castle in Wiltshire, England.  It was 200ft and looked like a strange spiral with odd indents.  But it soon became apparent that this odd crop circle, like many others, had mathematical implications. This particular one was a definite representation of ‘Pi’ – 3.14159265…  Each section was a length – the first being ‘3’, then the decimal point, then ‘1’, ‘4’, (the tenth digit was even rounded up) and so on to infinity (the three circles or ellipses). Below is a photograph of the actual formation:

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I found this crop circle so intriguing that I created a laser cut item of it – I find people are amazed by it.  Perhaps we’ll see another similarly interesting formation one of these summers.  Stay tuned.

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Note: I’ll be at the Ancaster Craft Fair on Good Friday, Mar.30 with the ‘Inside Circles’ booth…and a few more venues this year!

New Year & New Adventures

Welcome to 2018!  Hopefully this will be a year with some amazing crop circle adventures.  I am planning to travel to the UK sometime this summer and doing more research on any crop circles I am able to visit.  As well, there is always the possibility that we may get a report or two on a new Canadian formation this year.  They can also occur in the snow, and ice, – although both are extremely rare. In the meantime, I’ll have an information and ‘crop circle laser-cut items’ table at a couple of fairs this season – the Jan.20 Mystic Wellness Bazaar in St. Catharines, Ontario, and the Mar.10 fair at the Dundas Legion here in my hometown of Dundas, Ontario.  Feel free to request to join my Canadian Crop Circles facebook group if you are interested in keeping up with the most recent news. Happy Winter to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere – and I’ll update this site again soon.

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Getting The Word Out

It seems like summer has flown by (as it usually does here in Canada) and while there hasn’t been a definitive Canadian crop circle sighting that I know of this year, there have been some reports of ‘possible’ formations.  So the word is getting out that this is a site where anyone can report what they’ve seen.  Below is one of several photos sent to me by ‘Kate’ who thought she saw a crop circle on Hwy 15 between Sealy’s Bay and Portland, Ontario. Hwy15SealysBayPortlandON2017 It is perhaps an RDA, or randomly-downed area – a non-symmetrical area of downed crop.  But even RDAs often show nodal changes and curious ‘lay’ patterns which are hallmarks of genuine formations and it is thought that some of the same ‘energies’ which create fascinating crop circles (such as those that still appeared in the UK this past summer) are still at play in RDAs.  Here is another example of an RDA I saw near Erin, Ontario earlier this summer:RDAErin2017

I’d like to point that although we are now in October, there have in the past been corn (maize) formations found in Ontario during the fall – so stay tuned!

Lastly, I came across this interesting article about one of Canada’s most famous UFO sightings – that of Edwin Fuhr in Langenburg, Saskatchewan in 1974.  The event included what seemed to be ‘saucer nests’ which look eerily like crop circles (see image below).  It’s a fascinating read.

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Edwin Fuhr, left, and his wife Karen at the site of his 1974 UFO encounter on July 26, 2017. TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post

Hello Summer, Hello Crop Circles!

It’s finally summer and that means the possibility of crop circles here in Canada.  Our season typically starts later July and continues well in autumn.  Of course, this year’s crop circles have been appearing in the UK and Europe for the past several weeks.  Here’s the latest episode of Gary King’s Against The Grain video update from June 17.  What I find especially interesting is that some of this year’s formations seem to have a ‘sun’ theme – perhaps tied to the solar eclipse which can be viewed in parts of the USA this August?  It’s not unheard of that many crop circles have been linked to astronomical events.

I’ll be around southwestern Ontario this Canada Day holiday long weekend keeping my eyes open for anything interesting in the fields. And as always, if you think you may have seen a crop circle, do let us know!  Happy 150th Canada Day and have a great summer!

A Few Early Season Thoughts

Like many of you, I am diligently checking the many crop circle links and facebook groups I know of to see what’s happening this crop circle season over in England.  While it has been unseasonally cool here in Southern Ontario, the weather is warming and soon the fields will be full of crops.

While walking my dog in the tall, wet grass of our local cemetery recently, I saw these: grasscircledundas1They look like a couple of strange grass crop circles, but are actually caused by a soil fungus which causes extra nitrogen in the soil to produce rings of darker, taller, grass.  Often called ‘fairy rings’, they are more common in damp environments.  We have had a lot of rain lately, so this probably the cause, although I like to think there’s still some mystery to the lovely circles.  If you’re interested in truly mysterious grass circles, check out this video of ones from Holland recently (in Dutch but the images are amazing).

But back to the ‘real’ circles – I’d also like to share with you a fascinating video by Gary King.  He recently started a youtube series called ‘Against The Grain’ and in this second episode – which you can find here – Gary discusses an April 2017 crop circle at Cherhill, Wiltshire, UK with a man-made one from several years earlier.  Both occurred in canola which is very fragile plant with yellow flowers.  The man-made formation was featured in a 2015 ‘Ancient Aliens’ series (the ‘Circles From The Sky’ episode). and coincidentally, I had given a copy of this dvd to watch a couple of weeks before Gary’s report!  But again, when it comes to the crop circle phenomenon, they are plenty of synchronicity stories, and I’m eager to hear of any new ones that may happen this year!

The UK Season Has Started!

The first UK crop circles of the 2017 season have now appeared.  On April 16 a pendulum-like formation (with a crescent in the larger circle) appeared in a canola (oilseed rape) crop beneath the Cherhill White Horse in Wiltshire, UK.  Some amazing photos can be seen here. Then on April 18, a large circle (also with a crescent centre) and two offset smaller circles were discovered in Tarlton, Gloucestershire, UK.  Look closely and you can see that the two smaller crop circles don’t even touch the tramlines (photo courtesy of Mr.Gyro.co.uk ).  Canola is a very fragile plant and extensive breakage wasn’t seen in this formation.

Crop Circle in Tarlton, Gloucestershire UK

Photos courtesy of MrGyro.co.uk

It’s interesting to note that crescent shapes are not unheard of in Canadian crop circles, for example, this Matsqui, British Columbia formation from 2004 has two lovely half-moons:

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And dumbell or pendulum shapes have also been seen in here in Canada – thanks to Paul E. for reminding me of this fascinating Georgetown, Ontario crop circle in 2002:

Georgetown, Ontario 2002, photo courtesy of CCCRN archives

I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with the upcoming season, both in the UK and hopefully here in Canada.  In the meantime, I will have a ‘crop circle’ table at a few events this year, giving out information about this site and crop circles in general.  I also have my crop circle children’s book (from 2001!) available and small circle-related items I make.  It’s my hope more people will learn about this important phenomenon.

My Crop Circle Info Table at the Mystic Bazaar in St. Catharines, Ontario

Lastly, I would like to wish all the best to Nancy Talbott of BLT Research as she recovers from a sudden stroke.  Her website is one of the best for scientific investigation on crop circles and for the past year or so her ongoing Facebook posts have been extremely informative and fascinating.  I do hope she is back online very soon.  Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Nancy!