copyright Jonah Ohayv 4/2003
These 6 photos are local centers in parts of the closest formation, which was for me like a series of flower-petals resembling eyes. The photo underneath this text is of the center of the farthest-off formation, a ring and core circle.
I have previously believed that both these less elaborate kinds of swirled tufts above and most of the other details below were signs of a crop-circle's authenticity, but have now realized that these can be made by persons in the field with simple tools.
Each year they pay the same farmer to let them make a symbol in his fields, which they intend to be a communication sent back to the supposed extraterrestrial makers of genuine crop-circles. This formation was young - 5 days old, when the photo was taken on July 23.
The stalks may also come down a litte unevenly, so the marks are not perfectly parallel in this second photo, which is from the Germans' formation.
This photo shows down-layed stalks which curve around a corner in the second "1".
The last photo shows bunches of stalks which "exit" up from a circle, that is, they lay curved up its outer, vertical edges. It's taken from the ring at the Overton hoax mentioned earlier.
That afternoon, I returned and photographed his untouched results, and then untangled and raised the stalks the best I could into their original position. No one could then mistake any of this as part of a crop circle, and fortunately, due to the fairly quick correction, very nearly all the stalks were then harvestable.
My camera cound not take wider angles, but only details, so some of the sets were more photogenic than others. These are photos from the most inward parts of 5 of his results. Some centers were built out of folded layers of twisted or bent stalks, with each layer itself giving a differently-shaped form. In other cases, twisted or bent bunches near each other formed an overall center with a new pattern.
This last sojourn was of course illegal, but, I hope, fairly harmless, and it helps document for us what can and cannot be done by the best/worst of crop-circle hoaxers.