Mystery in the Fields
In the early hours of July 7, investigator Winston Keech observed the East Field near Alton Barnes with a variety of sensitive visual equipment. No activity was detected in the field and no anomalies reported until 3:08 AM, when a bright flash of light was observed by several witnesses. "The EMP pulse from the light flash was so hard that it shocked the electronics" of the infrared camera recording at the time, according to video analyst Terje Toftenes. By 3:20 AM, the massive crop circle formation, consisting of over 100 circles stretching across 1,033 feet, was clearly visible using light-sensitive cameras.
"Walking through the formation, we could see some of the circles were very low to the ground. Then the next circle you would walk into, the lay would be like 6 inches above the ground and as you would try to walk on it, it would crunch, like breaking glass," reports Gary King, one of the first visitors to the formation.
Theories on the meaning of the formation take into account its similarity to the "aum" symbol, as well as the possibility that its circles of varying sizes may represent a lunar calendar.
Odd events continue to swirl around this particular formation, including videotaped strange military activity evidently hostile to those visiting the site. Among other effects, witness Andrew J. Buckley also measured a startling spike in radiation levels while observing military activity in the field on July 18.
For additional photographs of this formation and several other recent circles, visit Temporary Temples.
Photos courtesy of Steve Alexander (Temporary Temples).