Archive for June, 2015

Summer Solstice Newsletter

At last the circles are appearing! I booked an early morning flight for Thursday morning and got up reluctantly when the alarm shrilled loudly in my ears at 5.30 am, only to find that instead of a gloriously sunny morning as promised by the Met. Office, it was dreary and cloudy. However, I am not an optimist for nothing, so I put on my flying kit and after breakfast set forth for the airfield. Little pockets of blue sky raised my spirits as I drove along – virtually no traffic at that time of day – bliss!

I reached the airfield early and was greeted by the pilot who suggested we should wait a bit in the hopes that the now overcast sky would clear. He had another flight booked after me so we waited as long as we could before venturing forth. Indeed the weather was starting to clear, but there were low whispery clouds scudding across the field giving us little chance of a good break of full sun. Low whispery clouds are death to photography, so we flew around at great expense grabbing our moments whenever we could and just hoping we would be in just exactly the right place at that particular moment (not easy when circling around, I can assure you).

As you can see, it is a strange formation consisting of numerous crescents, two kites in the circle (or an egg timer as some like to call them!) and two small circles with eccentric centres of standing crop. The formation lay between two masts and measured about 200 feet long.


As a bonus, we passed Stonehenge on our way back. You would never believe how unexpectedly small it looks from the air. We flew as close as we could (it is inside the military zone) and I took a picture of the megaliths gleaming like shining white marble in the sun.

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If you would like to join in helping me with my quest to bring pictures of the circles to the world please make a donation safely and securely through the PayPal button at the side of my June 2015 crop circle page. I would be so grateful for any help in supporting my photography.

At last it is getting warmer as we approach the summer solstice; one of the few times when the Stonehenge inner sanctum is open to the public to celebrate and herald in the sun as it rises up over the Heel Stone and can be clearly seen through one of the giant megaliths. As the sun rises a roar of joy can be heard from the gathered multitude of Druids, musicians, poets and people from disciplines and traditions and all of walks of life.

I still have few tickets left for the private entry evening visit to Stonehenge on the 30th July. Closing date the end of June.

With very best wishes to you, and best wishes for a happy and blessed Solstice.

Lucy

My First Flight of 2015

Fox Ground Down, Nr Blandford Forum. May 30th

Fox Ground Down, Nr Blandford Forum. May 30th

On the 30th May I was told about a new circle that had appeared somewhere south west of Blandford Forum in Dorset. I immediately booked a flight for the following day, which according to the Met Office was to have a cloudy start but with sunny intervals starting to appear from around six in the evening.

Indeed it was a cold, cloudy morning and afternoon until glimmers of brightness started to appear, and by the time I got to Thruxton Airport there were enough blue patches “to make a pair of sailor’s trousers”,¬†as the old saying goes.

Hoping for the best, we set off on a very long flight. The wind was against us, slowing us down, but the lush green fields below, of all wonderful shades, captivated me and I thought “how enormously lucky I am to be doing this and living in this wonderful Isle of Albion”.

We found the formation quite easily. It was in barley, that beautiful, luxurious crop which sways in the wind, billowing out across the field, ruffling the crop as it goes, like sails on a boat.

Due to the wind, it wasn’t easy to take pictures, as the crop from certain angles was distorted by the wind and an arterial road running adjacent to the field prohibited low flying.

In addition, I had accidentally flipped off my autofocus on the wide angle lens camera. I didn’t spot what I had done for several minutes and as I wrestled with a camera I thought it had broken, as does happen quite often when flying over circles. It is very expensive to fly so every lost moment is a financial loss, and it wasn’t until we were flying away that I spotted what I had done and we returned for a quick circuit of the formation.

It just shows how rusty one can become and how the smallest error can be catastrophic. It is a matter of running through all the possibilities as quickly as one can to correct the malfunction without panicking!!! I wont make the same mistake again! Had I been at school, I feel sure my report would have read “Could do better”.

The weather (which has been so cold it seems like winter all over again) is due to pick up by the end of the week, so hopefully we will see more circles. I will keep you posted.

The crop circle tour on the 30th July is fully booked but there still places for the amazing private entry visit to Stonehenge. I can take more people into Stonehenge than on a crop circle tour, hence the difference in numbers for that day.

I will have to close the Stonehenge booking at the end of June so please hurry if you would like to join me on an experience of a lifetime.

There are still a few places left for the August 4th Crop Circle tour with the optional extra of a wonderful flight over the circles.

Best wishes,
Lucy

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