Crop Circle Phenomenon

Many people believe that the first crop circles came from Satan himself around 1678, yep that guy with the horns and pointed tail using a scythe to make these mysterious designs in a field of oat.  In 1966, near the small town of Tully, Australia flying saucer nests were located, after a farmer heard a hissing sound and then claimed to have seen a flying saucer rise from the swamp and fly away.  The farmer saw a roughly circular area of debris and apparently flattened reeds and grass, which he assumed had been made by the alien spacecraft (but which police investigators said was likely caused by a natural phenomenon such as a dust devil or waterspout).  Further investigation revealed another hidden among the thick swamp grass, which was smaller than the first.  One was swirled clockwise and the other anti-clockwise.  Also found was a completely bare rectangle in the reeds, in which the plants had been uprooted and disappeared from the vicinity.

A round impression in a lawn or grassy area is not necessarily mysterious (as anyone with a kiddie pool in the back yard knows).  Indeed, mysterious circles have appeared in grass throughout the world that are sometimes attributed to fairies, but are instead caused by disease.  The sun sets on a field in and when it rises again the following morning, that field has been transformed into an enormous work of art.  A large section of the crop has been flatened into a pattern of circles, rings and other intricate geometric shapes.  Are these crop circles the work of alien visitors those little green men, or a natural phenomenon, were they created by electrically charged currents of air, caused by the earth’s magnetic field, made by mini-tornadoes, or are they elaborate hoaxes perpetrated by savvy, talented and very determined circlemakers? Believers and naysayers each have their own theories, but the truth remains elusive.

I will never tell, but to get to the right location, a person could follow that well-trodden pathway made by the farmer’s tractor through the field of mown wheat and then use stilts to conceal their footprints and avoid marking the crop.  Once this circle maker gets to the middle, they could use a combination of stalk-stomping techniques to flatten the crop, marking the outside perimeter of the circle by planting a stake at the center, and attaching a string to the top of this center stake so they could walk carefully around in a circle.  They have to make sure that they hold the string taut, or otherwise the circle will look sloppy.  It might be a good idea to bring along some night-vision goggles so they can see where they are going in the dark field, and to keep from getting caught this should be done on a moonless night.

Written for Sue Vincent’s March 19, 2020 Thursday photo prompt.

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