CROP CIRCLES AROUND BATH
In the weeks of late June and early July a number of crop circles appeared in fields to the east of Bath. As I commute through this area to work I was fortunate to be able to see them. On the morning of 15/7/99 I set off earlier than usual armed with my camera. Even so I was not able to spend enough time there to measure and catalogue them accurately. Here are some of the photo's and brief descriptions of the circles and their locations.
This circle formation was one of the first to appear.
|Same formation, this time taken looking north.|
Located on the western side of the road which runs between The Globe roundabout and Odd Down on Pennyquick Hill. Driving it in this direction the circle stands out really well. Like most circles it is formed on the slope of a hill and was impossible to miss unless, like me you only travel it in the other direction. I had to be told about this one.
This was the first of the circles that I saw though I do not know
if it was the first formed.
The last two figure were the hardest to spot, bearing in mind I
try to keep my eyes on the road most of the time.
This was the most complex of the formations consisting of at
least six interlocking circles. Unfortunately it was also the most difficult to see from
my vantage point near The Wheatsheaf.
Strictly speaking this formation does not belong to the Bath grouping but was located several miles to the south near the old mining town of Radstock. It was formed during the night of 14th July 1999 an was located north of Radstock near Clandown. If approaching along the A367 from Bath there is a steep left bend at the top of a long hill down into Radstock. As you turn the bend the circle was clearly visible in the field opposite.
I remain unconvinced as to the reasons behind the formation of crop circles. I have heard the arguments of Terence Meadon and others and find them hard to accept. On the other hand I cannot bring myself to believe that they are all some great prank perpetrated by people addicted to nocturnal activities. I have dowsed crop circles and like others have found their sometimes complex web of energies. Yet they remain enigmatic. In the early days it was possible to believe that they had been formed by atmospheric vortices, but as their complexicty has increased so has the variety and eccentricity of the explanations.
It is interesting to note that apart from the circles by the A4 (Fig.1.) and the circle at Radstock (Fig.6.) they all appear to be formed in much the same way; anumber of interlocking circles of varying complexity.
If the are the work of hoaxers then I can only admire the time, energy and imagination which must go into their formation and hope to laugh with them at the their continuing ability to confound the academic world.
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