I see that it is some time since I last put pen to paper (or rather finger to keyboard) and since then we have come out of winter and are now fully into Spring. Hopefully all the hard frosts with their icy fingers that covered the leaves, trees and ponds have gone.
The clocks have gone forward and as I drive round the countryside and the little lanes in Hampshire and West Sussex, I see signs of new life everywhere. Yesterday I drove round the tiny little West Sussex hamlets of Iping and Stedham. The lanes, old drover’s tracks, are so narrow that when I stopped the car to get out and take a picture, there was hardly room for me to open the door! Either side of me, bluebells intermingling with primroses and white Stitchwort covered the high banks in a profusion of colour. I have never seen the banks so heavily carpeted in flowers.
It is the most, most exciting and magical time of the year and each year it never ceases to send tingles of excitement down my spine as the land reawakens after its winter slumbers, yarns, stretches and is slowly bursting into energetic life again. The mornings and evenings are both longer and when I get up each morning, I can see that the sun has travelled further across the heavens. The birds have changed their song and if by any chance you happen to wake up at about 4:30 - 5:00am you will be treated to a magnificent orchestra of many of different instruments all skilfully blending together in total bird song harmony. We are past the Spring Equinox and on our way to warmer days.
I am checking out my cameras and making sure that I have everything ready to go as the oilseed rape (canola) is bursting into bloom and when that happens we can expect the circles to make their reappearance. We have had many events in the past, some more remarkable than others. Herewith a small selection. (If you go into my photographic library and look over the years in the months of April and May, you will find many more.) http://www.lucypringle.co.uk/photos/index.shtml
Some of the ones we have had in the past have been quite remarkably beautiful such as the large ring with seven arcs spanning the centre on 23rd April 2007 at Oliver’s Castle, Nr Devises, Wiltshire.
The sixteen pointed 'Sunburst' formation at Avebury, Wiltshire on 23 April 2009.
And finally in 2010 we had and the amazing Wilton Windmill formation that was discovered on 23rd May. It could only be seen from the top of the windmill or from the air and the week-end during which it arrived, the windmill was closed. It was a complex circular formation of twelve segments, with eight concentric lines of differing length and number in each segment. It is a close approximation of Leonhard Euler's profound and beautiful equation - e^(hi)pi)1=0
Oilseed rape (canola) is one of the easiest in which to determine whether it is man-made or not. It is a well-known fact that due to the crop having a hollow based stem, it snaps when bent at an angle of more than 40 degrees. As a result, it would not able to make the circle without breaking, snapping, crushing or bruising the crop as the images show.
I would be so grateful for any help in supporting my photography and I would like to thank everyone who made a donation last year. You have no idea how hugely grateful I am and how much they mean to me, by helping me to continue with my research and allowing me to fly and take these wonderful pictures.
If you would like to join in helping me with my quest to bring pictures of the circles for the world to enjoy, please make a donation safely and securely through the PayPal button at the side of my 2017 crop circle page http://shop.lucypringle.co.uk/funding/
I would just like remind you that the crop circle tour on the 25th July is almost fully booked but there still places that day for the amazing Stonehenge private evening visit to Stonehenge http://shop.lucypringle.co.uk/
Some people might like to take part in the Stonehenge visit only and that is fine. I will join you with my group in time to go in. If you arrive early you might like to visit the really outstandingly good exhibition at the centre and if you say you are with me on that day, you can visit enter for free before going into the stones.
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 as the places are going quite fast.
There are still a few places left for the August 3rd crop circle tour http://shop.lucypringle.co.uk/ This tour will have an optional extra of a wonderful flight over the circles in a small plane. Both are wonderfully exciting days.
I also have a list of people who would like to fly with me in a helicopter. The helicopter can take three people plus the pilot so that means there are two spare seats available. We fly from Thruxton, Andover, Hampshire with brilliant pilots. It is a fabulous experience and many people who have come with me before are on the list to join me again.
I hope it is going to be another wonderful year; last year’s extraordinary Ansty formation at the end of the season was one of the most spectacular events we have had for a long time; full of mystery and magic. http://shop.lucypringle.co.uk/the-ansty-mystery-the-final-interview/
With my love and very best wishes for a wonderful spring and summer ahead.