Hackpen Hill, Wiltshire, 5th July 2021
With a rather intriguing floor lay within this design, it warrants further investigation. Particularly unusual is the radially laid crop which 'fills' the two concentric rings, intersected by the stratight patways which cross in the centre. This is consistent throughout the formation.
The rings themselves are defined by clockwise pathways, which are then overlapped by the radially laid stems. While this provides an added dimension to the design, both from the air and from within, the execution is somewhat rough compared with other crop circles. There is a considerable amount of damage to many laid stems across the whole formation, and many areas where the stems underneath the rest are very firmly flattened to the ground.
A key area of note is in the four ends of the straight pathways which cross the design. Unusually, the wheat in these pathways flows from the ends at the circumference towards to centre of the formation. This gives rise to some interesting features where the pathways 'meet' the stems which have been laid radially. When we notice opposing flows in many formations, the stems are often left standing and woven as they meet. Here, however, these meeting points lack some subtlety, often appearing damaged.
The ends of the rectangular pathways, where the stems begin their flow towards the centre, display significant damage, with no apparent flow or consistent direction (2nd photo below).
In contrast, there are some sections which show evidence of a gentler and less well flattened appearance. Around the outside of the rings, in some places, the stems to not appear to have been pushed all the way to the ground, more reniniscent of other, intricate formations.
There are also some places where stems flowing in one direction, often along the straight pathways, have been 'swept' up into the clockwise flow of the ring they are adjacent to.
Crop Circle Summary