I Felt Blessed, A Great Sense of Euphoria
Tristan Cork – Western Daily Press July 20, 2007
It could be the first and most compelling evidence of a mysterious creator of Wiltshire's famous crop circles - a flash of white light and a crop circle appears in front of startled researchers.
And all this captured in the dead of night on an array of hi-tech cameras without a sniff of any hoaxers with ropes and boards.
Yesterday the crop circle community in Wiltshire was buzzing with probably the most significant single piece of evidence since the entire phenomenon began more than 30 years ago - a crop circle created in front of three eye-witnesses, a bank of light-sensitive video cameras and a mysterious flash minutes before the circle appeared.
The incident occurred two weeks ago, in the early hours of July 7.
Two croppies, Gary King and his friend Paula Presdee-Jones were sitting atop Knapp Hill with a UFO spotter Winston Keech, who was more interested in filming strange lights than crop circles.
Their testimony, released for the first time yesterday, is as mysterious as it is compelling.
Mr Keech had a series of cameras focussed on the Pewsey Vale below - the heart of crop circle country - and would make regular sweeps of the fields with another infra-red camera.
The trio were last able to see the famous East Field at Alton Barnes at 1.35am, before it got too dark to make out the wheat. With the rest of his cameras running, and capturing no light, movement or sound in the field, the trio watched the darkness until a blinding flash of light in the sky hit them at 3.13am.
At 3.20am - little over 100 minutes since they were last able to see the wheat - the cameras picked out a huge crop formation.
The circles themselves cover an area of more than two acres, and are more than 1,000ft long by 500ft wide. There are 150 individual large circles, with about 60 other smaller 'satellite' circles. It is the biggest formation of the year so far, and kick-started a frenzy of crop circle activity in the Wiltshire countryside - at least 10 other huge formations have been created in the week and a half since. Gary King said: "I have no idea how this formation was created. I just know that it wasn't there at 1.35am, and it was there at 3.20am. Win had lots of cameras filming that field and they picked nothing up, so if there was a huge gang of people there, they used no lights, no lasers, no equipment and made no sound. And they created this huge circle in complete darkness in less than an hour and three-quarters. For me the flash of light is important. It was like sheet lightning, but it was a dull white light for a split second. I knew something had happened right then, and within 10 minutes we were filming the formation. When I was the first to go into the formation at 4am I felt blessed, a great deal of euphoria.
"Personally, I feel this should be a catalyst to serious study of what is going on here. This is vindication, it feels like confirmation of all the time and energy everyone has put into this phenomenon over the years."
Cameraman Winston Keech added: "I was careful to do things like make notes of any vehicles passing and stopping, and use handheld cameras to focus on them. If there was any hoax activity, there was an overlapping mesh of surveillance which would have seen that."
Crop circle experts filled the Memorial Hall at Alton Barnes yesterday for the first showing of the footage.
Norwegian crop circle expert Terje Toftenes said: "There has been much scientific analysis of things like what happens to the crops in formations and there is a floodgate that needs to be open now and all those scientists who have researched this should come forward.”
We will have more on this in the coming days, including some really intriguing photos and not just of crop circles either.
Crop circle researcher Charles Mallet assures us that there have been major new developments in the feild and has promised to provide further details in the near future. In the meantime more photos of the crop circle mentioned in the article above can be seen here.
As Sherman Skolnick would say: stay tuned. Ed.
[PICTURE: Photo by Lucy Pringle]
Last updated 15/08/2007