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Friday, May 14, 2010


Interesting formation to get to as its smack bang on the edge of Salisbury Danger Area and it lies inside a Military Air Traffic Zone for Boscombe Down airfield.

I notice what appears to a basket type lay in the middle of the formation and this is quite a new thing as it is in rapeseed, which has never had basket lay as far as I am aware.


Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

That's probably down to the growth stage of the crop; oilseed rape is only just starting to flower now, and has yet to develop the entangled mess of seed pods that characterises the stuff in the later growth phases.

Making this formation on the edge of the Salisbury Plain Danger Area isn't as stupid as you might think; there wouldn't be much activity there at night, and any military activity isn't going to give a damn about civvy activity just outside the zone. The ATZ over the area also gives a degree of protection from inquisitive police helicopters, which have a habit of keeping their FLIR turned on at all times, observing the surroundings just in case they spot an anomalous hotspot out in the countryside which shouldn't be there and might indicate a cannabis-farm.

All in all, not a bad effort and the crop will probably partly recover from the flattening; the lodged crop also visible in the picture will also partly recover from the wind damage it has sustained.

stormwalkernz said...

It is actually quite amazing as If you study the evolution of these things they appear to get more and more complex as the years go by.
Compare the modern versions with say those from the 80s and 90s and the patterns have become more complex. From simple circles - joined circles - works of absolute art.
I actually think looking at this one it represents a binary star with three planets surrounding it.