Images retrieved from the 2010 Wickham Green crop formations

William C. Treurniet, August, 2010

Summary. Two similar crop formation near Wickham Green, Berkshire, were reported on July 30, 2010. Appropriate superpositions of diagrams of the formations yielded two recognizable images. One appears to be the face of a long-eared dog, while the other is more like the face of a fox or wolf.

On July 30, 2010, a pair of crop formations was reported near Wickham Green, Berkshire. One was adjacent to the M4 motorway on the north side, and the other was down the road on the south side. Figure 1 shows the placements of the formations relative to the motorway.

Figure 1. The Wickham Green formations.
Courtesy; Photo by Frank Laumen.

The digital appearance of the formations suggests that some kind of information is encoded there. Some people have found that superposition of the two images of the formations yields a somewhat symmetric structure reminiscent of a human face. It has been likened to the imprint on the shroud of Turin, thus implying that the formations represent Jesus Christ. For example, see here. The upper row of Figure 2 shows diagrams of the north and south formations obtained from that reference. The lower row shows the superposition of the two diagrams obtained from the same source. On the right is the superposition smoothed with a gaussian filter to remove high frequency components from what is essentially a low resolution image. The details of the smoothed superposition offer only a crude match with the face on the shroud of Turin.

Figure 2. Top row: north and south diagrams.
Bottom row: superposition of the diagrams and a smoothed version.

The superposition of the north and south images does not take into account the dots that coincide in the two views. This can be done by reducing the blackness of the dots by 50 percent and summing. Coinciding dots will then give the deepest black while non-coinciding dots will appear less dark. One could argue that this operation is suggested by the percent sign represented by the two formations and the roadway in Figure 1. Figure 3 shows the images superimposed in this way, as well as the smoothed version.

Figure 3. The images superimposed showing coincident dots, and the smoothed image. 

The smoothed images in Figures 2 and 3 are similar but not identical. More detail is present in Figure 3 due to the the additional information. In both cases, however, the superimposed images appear to show the face of a long-eared dog.

The relative positions of the two formations in the fields suggests an alternative way to superimpose the diagrams. Notice that the orientations of the formations are not the same. One is offset from the other by 45 degrees. Superimposing the two diagrams with the same relative orientations gives the result shown on the left in Figure 4. The smoothed version is also included on the right.

Figure 4. The superimposed images offset by 45°, and the resulting smoothed image. 

The image in Figure 4 may also be interpreted as the face of a canine such as a fox or wolf. However, there is something not quite right about the angle of the nose relative to the eyes. This could be fixed by reducing the angle by which one view is offset from the other. There is another clue in the field that suggests a smaller angle. If we measure the distance of each formation from the center of the motorway, we see that one formation is about one-third the distance of the other. We can use this information as a rationale to offset one diagram from the other by 33 degrees. Figure 5 shows that this seems to improve the relationship of the canine snout to the rest of the face.

Figure 5. The superimposed images offset by 33°, and the resulting smoothed image. 

In an earlier analysis of the Wilton Windmill formation, the face of a rabbit was decoded from the data. The animal motif seems to persist in this formation. Further, in each case different recognizable images were decoded merely by using the same information in different ways.