A pilot friend of mine called yesterday, May 18th, and told me about this new star formation near Furze Knoll (on the SE side of Morgan's hill), which he's certain was not there the day before. I couldn't fly to get shots until this morning -- which is just as well since the light was much better today. It's impossible to find from the road (we tried unsuccessfully yesterday), but the twin Marconi towers are a nearby landmark that's easy to see from miles off. The OS map reference is about 035-667.

©Peter Sorensen 2007
Star crop circle on Morgan's Hill

The first formation in barley in England this year, I'd guesstimate from the number of tramlines that it's a bit over 200 feet in diameter. Considering that the crop is so young, I was surprised to see that it still has a perfectly clear impression. (I was afraid that the barley might have sprung back up in the 30+ hours since it arrived, and lost its crispness.)

Personally I think that the simple, yet elegant, form of this crop circle is very lovely indeed, and starts the cereal crop portion of this summer's season off beautifully.

The great, ancient ditch of the Wansdyke snakes right past the star circle, and looking at the OS map I discovered that "our" section of the Wansdyke starts on Morgan's Hill. It meanders to the West, passing to the South of Avebury, over Milk Hill, then to the North of Alton Barnes, and ends a total of nine miles away after going through West Woods. (The construction of the 130 mile long Wansdyke was a Herculean task that makes the building of Silbury Hill look like child's play -- and I hasten to say that I LOVE Mother Silbury!) It's good to see the Wansdyke getting some rare recognition from the Circle Makers!