Of course the aesthetic beauty of most crop circles is the most prominent aspect of this mysterious phenomenon. Every year aerial photos of each crop circle show patterns and designs of often breathtaking magnificence, many of which have never been conceived previously. To those of us who take an active interest in crop circles, as well as those who see a picture for the first time, the images are instantly appealing. There are many great websites and books providing us with selections of aerial photos, showing crop circles from above. In our opinion, however, what is lacking is an archive of information about the finer details present within each crop circle. The lay of the crop, the ‘ambience’ within the designs, the location they lay in and the experience of the range of visitors entering the crop circles during their short life before the harvest.
Firstly, we are particularly interested in what crop circles are like at ground level, and in making the information accessible we hope to give you an idea of what the experience is like as a whole. We try to remain objective but inevitably our experiences will be personal, and will often differ from those of others, which adds to the ‘bigger picture’.
The discussion that can arise from each person’s experience inside crop circles can be invaluable in developing a deeper understanding of the phenomenon. For those of us lucky enough to be able to visit crop circles, discussion, debate and contemplation are an important aspect. To compare and record opinions, both common and unexpected, is part of what we hop to achieve.
Many people interested in crop circles cannot visit them to gain an experience first hand. During previous years I have seen many photographs of crop circles I was unable to get to for one reason and another. To draw any conclusion from aerial photographs alone, for people who choose to, can result in assumptions being made which are based on very little evidence. Although we would never expect anyone to take our observations as anything more than our own opinion, we hope that having the opportunity to hear about what it was like for us will at least give some people a more complete picture of each crop circle we are able to explore.
We have been actively interested in all aspects of crop circles for a number of years now, visiting as many as we can each year, and of course always trying our best to keep an open mind! Being based in Brighton doesn’t always make things easy, and is one of the reasons why some reports are not posted on the site for some days after the initial appearance of the crop circles.
We attempt to measure each element of the crop circles where possible, to provide facts and figures which can often lead to important discoveries and realisations about the overall geometry of each design. Using a compass to judge the alignment of each formation can also add to our understanding of reference points in the surrounding area, as well as correlations between different crop circles.
We feel that photographic evidence is a very important factor, and therefore use a pole at up to 36ft to document all or certain parts of each design, in combination with close up images of details only visible on the ground. We hope that this record will be valuable to all, whatever approach they choose to take.
We cannot get to every crop circle each year, so if you visit a formation and feel that you can offer an insight, please contact us.
We hope that you will find our site interesting, informative and that it will be valuable in helping to create the ‘bigger picture’ we talk of so often.
We look forward to meeting many of you out in the fields this summer.
Dan Vidler & Chris Riley