At the end of the 2008 season the quite spectacular formation that appeared on the 4th of August in the East Field could be considered a grand finale contender -- unfortunately it was harvested the very morning of its appearance!
It consisted of a septacle (seven-pointed star) surrounded by swirling arms of circles reminiscent of the 2001 Milk Hill “Galaxy.” In the main point of the star were cryptic symbols, and in the very centre was an eye-shape.
Because it was visible from the road past Alton Barnes, where so many croppies drive around looking for circles in the morning, several people had discovered it and gone in the enigmatic construction right away. Luckily my pilot friend, Dai Dobbs, was busy photographing the scene when two combines headed right at the big beauty and ploughed right through the centre!
It took me over an hour to remove all the animal tracks which were in the crop, and only about three minutes to beef up the colour of the sunless photo -- that’s all I did to it. Here is also a quick cleanup of Dai’s shot of the harvesters cutting through.
All Images Peter Sorensen Copyright 2009