Saturday, 30 May 2009

Return of the Elders Gods (Part VIII)

Waylands Smithy, Oxfordshire
Reported May 29th

'A 250m-long crop circle of a jellyfish has appeared on farmland.

The owners of the land in Oxfordshire have urged visitors to stay away from the circle, which is also 60m (197ft) wide, to avoid further crop damage.

Sally Ann Spence and husband Bill, who own Berry Croft Farm near Ashbury, say hundreds of visitors have been trampling over their field.

They said it was "beautiful" but the flattened crops were now "useless" and the damage would cost about £600.

"We have not given permission for people to walk on our land," Mrs Spence said.'


A 600ft jellyfish pattern has appeared in a barley field in Kingstone Coombes, Oxfordshire, in what is one of the most intriguing crop circles ever seen in Britain.

The vast pattern appeared in the field last week and experts are claiming it to be the first of its kind in the world.

Karen Alexander, a crop circle expert, said: "We have seen butterfly and bird patterns in the past, but this is the first jellyfish crop circle in the world.

"It is absolutely huge - roughly three times the size of most crop patterns and extremely interesting. People have been aghast at the size of it. It is a complete monster.

"We are looking into the meaning of it, but at present it just seems to have appeared out of nowhere."'


Little London, nr Yatesbury, Wiltshire
Reported June 3rd

'There are many explanations as to why the circles barely appeared in Wiltshire. The suicide of one of the chief circle-makers in 2006 and the death of two others, as well as boredom in the ranks of pranksters, have all been cited. Mostly, though, it is thought that heavy rain and high winds have made crops hard to handle and have deterred aliens and humans alike.

But just as the demise of the peculiarly English rural tradition was predicted, the circles - which can take the shape of DNA structures, scorpions, snowflakes, helices, webs, knots and complex geometric patterns - have abruptly returned in force.

The 2009 season began in April with an unprecedented six formations. The first was a series of simple circles in a field of rape; then came a 350ft yin-yang symbol in a barley field near Devizes. Three ambitious formations were reported over the last bank holiday and on Tuesday this week a giant 600ft jellyfish was found in a barley field on Bill and Sally Ann Spence's farm near Kingston Coombes in Oxfordshire.

As of yesterday, there have been more than 20 major formations spotted. Potts, who could claim to be something of an expert on the subject, has a hunch that this will be a good summer for circles: "The crops are not true enough yet. Weather permitting, I'd say the best ones will start now. In the next two weeks there should be a burst of activity."

Francine Blake, who founded the Wiltshire crop circle study group in 1995, shares Potts's optimism. She and other self-appointed investigators identify, measure, photograph, and report on all formations. They go circle-spotting at night in likely places, send crop stalks for chemical analysis in university laboratories (yes, really), and have more than 6,000 crop circles on their database.

She was excited by the jellyfish: "It's fantastic. When we look at it, it's got seven small circles, or moon shapes. It's describing the magnetic field of Earth," she says. She too is optimistic about the summer ahead: "This year started much earlier. There's one every day now. It is very intense already. I have never seen such complex designs in rape in all my years of studying this subject. Usually, the season starts with a nice little pattern, a tri-petal flower or such like, one or maybe two in rape if we are lucky. But this year they are big, complex and numerous right from the start."'



Anadæ Effro said...

Hooo-weee! Man, Ben, is Venger As'Nas Satanis HP of the Cult of Cthulhu gonna get a swelled head (!) over this cereaglyph! (•:-)}

Ben Fairhall said...

Yes... Also a possible doff of the cap to our 'Tentacle UFO' of January?

Anadæ Effro said...

Most assuredly. Havin' been in Éire last moonth, lad, I had no idea how BIG some of those wind turbines actually are! Tasty morsels for some hungry sky critters to chomp on, indeed, yipsirree (•:-)}

Anonymous said...

The farmers aren't very happy about it!

Ange1swords said...

This cereal offender is said by one expert to be the first ever crop design of a jellyfish, and three times larger than the average artwork in the field.

Most crop circles strike me as quite amazing but I have to say I find this one a little creepy.

Anadæ Effro said...

Hey Ben! When had you expanded on this piece?! The dragonfly one is fairly spectacular. Interesting abt the divisiveness btwn opposing "camps" in the cereaologist realm. Thnx for the update (•:-0}