As the 2017 crop circle season draws to a close, believers in the hundred percent man-made hypothesis slap each other on the backs, as they do every year, in a curious mixture of frustration and self-congratulatory glee over the fact that there are still people out there who don't accept their explanation for the phenomenon. In the background links below I explain in detail why I am one of those people. One fact that is often overlooked by media reports into crop circles is that they are far older than most people think. They have been reported for several centuries before the modern crop circle era that began in the 1970's, albeit previously they were much rarer. Also patterns similar to crop circles sometimes appear in other matrices. It's as if whatever intelligence creates these patterns sees the crop simply as a convenient medium in the absence of which they would use another. Sometimes equally intricate and beautiful patterns appear in snow, without any footprints near them, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Eou22AVDZc. And in sand, see: http://www.heart.co.uk/news/quirky/weird-wonderful/incredible-amazing-sand-cirlces-shapes-beach/. Many of these are created by an artist called Julian Richardson who used to make crop circles, but not all are. Again, we see a lack of footprints that would be present if humans were involved.
The most inexplicable and mysterious of these alternative crop circles are in grass. These have appeared in several places and are believed to have started in the
indeed Crop Circle Connector has started reporting them as well, see: http://www.cropcircleconnector.com/2014/hoeven2/hoeven2014b.html.
However there are much older records of grass circles in southern Africa.
The first mention of them can be found in literature of explorers from around
1920 and it describes strange circular formations in the grasslands of the Namib
Desert, a sparsely-habited arid region that stretches along the
coast of southwest Africa from southern Angola
to the Cape Province of South Africa, see: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/3587431.stm.
Many scientists have proposed explanations such as the activity of termites,
soil chemistry and a collective plant growth strategy connected to the dry
climate. However the people of the local Himba culture call them "fairy
circles" and believe they are the work of Mukuru, their creator god. In the absence of any other conclusion
why should we not take that possibility seriously? Fairy circles are not to be
confused with fairy rings. Fairy rings are mushrooms that grow in a circle on
grass in wetter climes; and this is simply caused by the mycelium, the underground
part of the fungus, spreading into the soil and consuming nutrients in a
particular way. Grass rings have no such obvious mundane explanations and therefore
I must speculate that they have more in common with the crop circle phenomenon
than they do with biological forces. Also it seems grass circles are spreading.
They've been observed in parts of Australia
as well as outside their heartland in the Namib Desert.
Could this mean that the "artist", whoever... or whatever... they are, wants more people to see their portfolio?
See here for background: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/wiltshire-police-on-crop-circles.html.