Viewing one of the Milk Hill crop circles I muse, what will be your big project this year? This photo is from a blogger I follow (but who has not been active for a number of years) called “The Serpent”.
First, for my grandkids, here is the Wikipedia definition of crop circles:
A crop circle is a sizable pattern created by the flattening of a crop such as wheat, barley, rye, maize, or rapeseed. Crop circles are also referred to as crop formations, because they are not always circular in shape. While the exact date crop circles began to appear is unknown, the documented cases have substantially increased from the 1970s to current times.
Twenty-six countries reported approximately ten thousand crop circles in the last third of the 20th century. Ninety percent of those were located in southern England. Many of the formations appearing in that area are positioned near ancient monuments, such as Stonehenge.
According to one study, nearly half of all circles found in the UK in 2003 were located within a 15 km (9.3 miles) radius of Avebury. ~ Wikipedia
Crop Circles, the Bones of God is an interesting book on the subject. (Nick, are you reading this?) There are some crop-circle-based predictions here. Are we having fun yet?
As I ponder the amount of passion and beauty that went into the crop circle project (I refuse to call it a hoax and would sooner call it art) I marvel at the focus and energy that the work must have taken. Oh, and planning too.
My hobby passions have been channeled into music (no surprise to my faithful readers) and the Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra. With family, work, and the band, I don’t have a lot of time for anything else. My hobby includes elements of photography, video graphing, music library building, and instrument selection/practice. It gives me purpose to my listening, concert attendance, and song selections. This new year the MJJO has eight scheduled gigs so far. And we practice every other Tuesday.
So what is your hobby? Have you selected a passion that plays into other areas of your inherent skill and interests? Do you have goals? Are you making progress towards your goals?
Happy New Years my friends. May this year find you surrounded by those you love and here’s hoping you are doing the things you truly want to be doing.
Life is richer and fuller when it is filled with things you love. Music speaks to the soul of those who respond to it. I am happy that your life is filled with love of family, a good job, pets, and music. Oh yes, good writing too. Happy New Year!
“I marvel at the focus and energy that the work must have taken. Oh, and planning too.”
You can’t seriously believe they were created by humans? Either you overestimate our potential or you haven’t read enough about it.
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Crop circles are over. The earth is breaking them. Well done…
Having spent an inordinate amount of time and energy studying the phenomena recently, I’d like to modify my last comment: I now believe most of them are, in fact, man-made. The interesting questions are how and why those who make them are inspired to do so. I’ve found much of interest about this on Colin Andrews.net (and hundreds, if not thousands, of videos on YouTube).
Darn, I thought you were a conspiracy nut so I left your comment (one of many who said there was no way a crop circle could have been made by humans) as an example. Then you had to go all sane on me! ;0)
Sorry (to disappoint)!
If it’s any consolation, I wouldn’t concede they were all man-made. Colin Andrews, the world’s most renown, respected (and sane, as far as I can tell) researcher – the man who first started serious research into the phenomena nearly thirty years ago (1983) and who actually coined the term ‘crop circle’ – concluded after his research with the British MOD and an (ex-)specialist from NASA (among others) using funding from Rockefeller, that 80% of them were man-made. That leaves 20% – the simplest and most interesting, because they were the ones which first inspired the modern phenomena. It’s the inspiration which is the interesting part. Virtually all proficient circle makers describe themselves as being driven by inexplicable urges and experience remarkable visions. And a whole host of hangers-on jealously pine for inspiration while producing formations of poor craftsmanship and consequently lesser quality.
I look forward to the mystery unravelling itself further. If you’re tenacious, read a lot, have a high-speed Internet connection, watch a lot of YouTube videos and are perceptive enough to filter out, but not totally disregard, masses of fruitcakes, the truth is out there and you may be able to satisfy your curiosity with it. But you should notice things from time to time which make it itch again and inspire you to scratch it a little more. Such is the nature of critical enquiry.
I’m afraid you may overestimate humanity – very few people do this; most just want to reinforce egocentric pre-conceived ideas; only a very few are genuinely inspired – most just want to believe they are. Those who experience genuine inspiration, like Van Gogh for example, are rarely confident they are genuinely inspired. Also, there may be a load of nuts among the conspiracy fruitcakes, but they’re not ALL bad. Developing intuition to discern among them, it seems to me, is a most valuable skill in our age of information overload.