Part 2: Five Circle Pattern in Geneseo, Illinois, Soybeans

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Five circles in soybeans first reported Thursday afternoon, August 17, 2006. Pathways to smaller circles and large circles were not there on August 17. Paths were created by a Henry County Deputy Sheriff and farm owner, Jim Stahl, plus others who first entered field on Saturday, August 19, 2006, when 12-feet-deep "walls" of soybeans were standing untouched between larger center circle and two outer, smaller circles. Aerial image on August 21, 2006,  © by Linda Moulton Howe.
Five circles in soybeans first reported Thursday afternoon, August 17, 2006. Pathways to smaller circles and large circles were not there on August 17. Paths were created by a Henry County Deputy Sheriff and farm owner, Jim Stahl, plus others who first entered field on Saturday, August 19, 2006, when 12-feet-deep “walls” of soybeans were standing untouched between larger center circle and two outer, smaller circles. Aerial image on August 21, 2006,  © by Linda Moulton Howe.
Where Illinois and Iowa run along either side of the big Mississippi River outlined in the orange rectangle on the map, that region is known as "Quad Cities." That 4-city complex is Davenport, Iowa; Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island, Illinois; and Moline, Illinois. Twenty miles east of Moline in Henry County is Geneseo, Illinois, a farming community of about 6,500 people.
Where Illinois and Iowa run along either side of the big Mississippi River outlined in the orange rectangle on the map, that region is known as “Quad Cities.” That 4-city complex is Davenport, Iowa; Bettendorf, Iowa; Rock Island, Illinois; and Moline, Illinois. Twenty miles east of Moline in Henry County is Geneseo, Illinois, a farming community of about 6,500 people.

August 28, 2006  Geneseo, Illinois –  On Friday, August 25, 2006, around 3 p.m. CDT, Jim Stahl heard and saw a large, dark helicopter circling over the soybean formation to the west of his house. He managed to grab a digital camera and and got outside as the helicopter flew over his yard and away to the north.

Above: H-46 or H-47 helicopter flying over the Jim and Chris Stahl home on Middle Road east of the soybean crop formation in Geneseo, Illinois, around 3 p.m. CDT on Friday, August 25, 2006. Below: Profile of the helicopter. Images © 2006 by Jim Stahl.
Above: H-46 or H-47 helicopter flying over the Jim and Chris Stahl home on Middle Road east of the soybean crop formation in Geneseo, Illinois, around 3 p.m. CDT on Friday, August 25, 2006. Below: Profile of the helicopter. Images © 2006 by Jim Stahl.

A helicopter expert has identified the vehicle in the above photographs as either an H-46 helicopter, which is used by American Navy Marines for ship-to-shore transport. Or it could be the larger H-47 model used by the U. S. Army for transport. There are five major military bases in Illinois:  Rock Island Arsenal; Scott AFB; Peoria Air National Guard (ANG); Springfield ANG; and the Naval Station Great Lakes near Chicago. The closest to Geneseo is Rock Island Arsenal between Rock Island, Illinois, and Davenport, Iowa, in the Quad City region about a half-hour by car from Geneseo.

Rock Island Arsenal is highlighted by yellow on the map.
Rock Island Arsenal is highlighted by yellow on the map.

According to the Illinois Governor’s office, the Arsenal “is a center for Department of Defense logistics … and is the home to four major U. S. Army headquarters organizations that have regional and global responsibilities to soldiers – ranging from Army munitions management to regional installation management.”

The Naval Station Great Lakes (NSGL) is north of Chicago and about 150 miles northeast of Geneseo. According to globalsecurity.org, NSGL is “the largest military installation in Illinois and the largest central processing training center of recruits in the Navy.”

Scott Air Force Base is in St. Clair County, Illinois, near Belleville about 200 miles south of the Quad City region and not far from downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The USAF base serves as headquarters for the Air Mobility Command, the United States Transportation Command, the Eighteenth Air Force, and the Air Force Communications Agency.

Military Interest in Previous U. S. Crop Formations

There has been a previous connection between crop formations and Scott AFB. Jeff Wilson, Director of the Independent Crop Circle Research Association (ICCRA), described a July 2003 military encounter in a Mayville, Wisconsin, wheat formation. See: 091203Earthfiles.

“A soldier from the US Air Force, (who we had now identified by his uniform), told us that he was part of a Special Crop Circle Investigative Unit in the U.S. Air Force. He said they had been looking into this Mayville formation for the past couple of weeks and were temporarily based out of a hanger in Milwaukee. He also told us that the unit was originally based out of Scott Air Force base located in Belleville, Illinois (southeast of St. Louis, Missouri).”

Military helicopter circling over the Mayville, Wisconsin, wheat formation in July 2003. Photograph © 2003 by Jeffrey Wilson and Roger Sugden, ICCRA.
Military helicopter circling over the Mayville, Wisconsin, wheat formation in July 2003. Photograph © 2003 by Jeffrey Wilson and Roger Sugden, ICCRA.
USAF man who identified himself to ICCRA's Jeffrey Wilson and Roger Sugden in the July 2003, Mayville, Wisconsin, wheat formation as being a member of a "Special Crop Circle Investigative Unit in the US Air Force," that had been looking into the Mayville formation. Special unit temporarily based out of a hanger in Milwaukee and previously based at Scott AFB near St. Louis, Missouri. Photographs © 2003 by Jeffrey Wilson and Roger Sugden.
USAF man who identified himself to ICCRA’s Jeffrey Wilson and Roger Sugden in the July 2003, Mayville, Wisconsin, wheat formation as being a member of a “Special Crop Circle Investigative Unit in the US Air Force,” that had been looking into the Mayville formation. Special unit temporarily based out of a hanger in Milwaukee and previously based at Scott AFB near St. Louis, Missouri. Photographs © 2003 by Jeffrey Wilson and Roger Sugden.
September 11, 2003, military helicopter flew over the ridge near the Seip Mound in Bainbridge, Ohio, when Jeffrey Wilson and his ICCRA colleagues investigated a crop formation. Photograph © 2003 by Jeffrey Wilson.
September 11, 2003, military helicopter flew over the ridge near the Seip Mound in Bainbridge, Ohio, when Jeffrey Wilson and his ICCRA colleagues investigated a crop formation. Photograph © 2003 by Jeffrey Wilson.

At the time the helicopter flew over the Stahl farm, Ted Robertson and I were returning from Davenport, where we had gone to Fed Ex soybean and soil samples to biophysicist W. C. Levengood to examine. After we arrived at the Stahl home, Chris Stahl told us that she had received a letter from a nearby family who had photographed translucent spheres in a couple of photographs taken inside the soybean formation.

Translucent Orbs on Digital Photo Not Visible to Human Eyes in Geneseo Soybean Circles

I asked Chris if she could call the mother, Juliet Vanopdorp of Annawan, Illinois (about 15 minutes from the Stahl farm), to see if Juliet could show us her images and talk to me about her family’s experience in the soybean circles.

Linda Moulton Howe interviewing Juliet Vanopdorp of Annawan, Illinois, (near Geneseo) with her 13-year-old daughter, Chloe (braids); 9-year-old Beau (front left); his 5-year-old brother, Zack (chartreuse shirt); 8-year-old sister Claudia; Claudia's 8-year-old friend, Brook. Video frame by Ted Robertson for © 2006 Earthfiles.
Linda Moulton Howe interviewing Juliet Vanopdorp of Annawan, Illinois, (near Geneseo) with her 13-year-old daughter, Chloe (braids); 9-year-old Beau (front left); his 5-year-old brother, Zack (chartreuse shirt); 8-year-old sister Claudia; Claudia’s 8-year-old friend, Brook. Video frame by Ted Robertson for © 2006 Earthfiles.

Interview:

Juliet Vanopdorp, Annawan, Illinois:  “A week before these actually showed up, my children and I were driving to Geneseo for an appointment. We started discussing crop circles. The children were asking questions about how they were formed? I said some were supposed to be hoaxes, but some are really unknown. Some people think they are aliens. I choose to think they are signs from God and messages for us humans, but I don’t know if we can understand what the messages mean. The kids asked if we could see one and I said we might have to go to Europe because we won’t see any here.

Less than a week later, the children came screaming out of their bedroom after watching the news, ‘There are crop circles in Henry County!’ They were just thrilled. So, I told them we were going to go see them. And I wrote the farm owners a letter to explain why we wanted to see them.

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN YOU GOT HERE?

I took a few pictures inside the circles as it was getting dark. We didn’t stay very long, maybe five minutes or so. Before we got home, I started looking at the pictures on my digital camera and there were little bright lights and circular things in a couple of pictures where I stood in the back of my husband’s truck and I was trying to get the circles. The circles didn’t turn out in the dark, but there are lots of circles in the picture.

NONE OF YOU SAW ANY LIGHTS WHEN YOU WERE TAKING FLASH PHOTOGRAPHS?

No, we did not.”

Above: Translucent spheres on one of Juliet Vanopdorp's digital images in the Geneseo soybean circles on August 22, 2006. Below: Close-up on one of the spheres that has an oval on it. Translucent spheres have been increasingly common on digital photographs in recent years. One theory, unproved, is that electrostatic charges build up in electronic cameras and release sporadically. Images © 2006 by Juliet Vanopdorp.
Above: Translucent spheres on one of Juliet Vanopdorp’s digital images in the Geneseo soybean circles on August 22, 2006. Below: Close-up on one of the spheres that has an oval on it. Translucent spheres have been increasingly common on digital photographs in recent years. One theory, unproved, is that electrostatic charges build up in electronic cameras and release sporadically. Images © 2006 by Juliet Vanopdorp.

Juliet Vanopdorp and her family did not see the translucent spheres when they visited the soybean circles on August 22, 2006. Translucent spheres have been increasingly common on digital photographs in recent years.  One theory, unproved, is that electrostatic charges build up in electronic cameras and release sporadically.

“Plasma Spheres” Seen and Videotaped by People in Crop Formations

In contrast, the mysterious lights seen and videotaped in English crop formations since the early 1990s glow and stand out to human eyes from the rest of the environment. Some mysterious lights, like the one videotaped below on August 7, 1999, in Barbury Castle, Wiltshire, England, travel in smooth, rapid, undulating motion and are often compared to “a mirror flickering under a noon sun.”

August 7, 1999, Barbury Castle, Wiltshire, England, wheat formation. Moving light on videotape (upper center of frame) was one of two rapidly moving objects seen by the photographer at the time. Videograph © 1999 by Donald Fletcher.
August 7, 1999, Barbury Castle, Wiltshire, England, wheat formation. Moving light on videotape (upper center of frame) was one of two rapidly moving objects seen by the photographer at the time. Videograph © 1999 by Donald Fletcher.

While Ted Robertson and I were looking at the Saturday, August 19, 2006, images that Jim Stahl and his family had taken when the Henry County Deputy Sheriff had visited the soybean circles, Juliet Vanopdorp and her children went to see the crop circles again. Then a cell phone call came from Juliet, who said she and her kids had found strange, red-colored “things” coming from the ground. We all took off for the soybean circles to have a look.

Phallus rubicundus – Were the Delicate Fungi Scorched?
Above: One of Juliet Vanopdorp's children holding one of many fungi found in the soybean circles that appeared to have carbon black scorching on them. Below: Dozens of the fungi were stuck, or melted, onto surrounding soybean plants. Fungi photographs © 2006 by Linda Moulton Howe.
Above: One of Juliet Vanopdorp’s children holding one of many fungi found in the soybean circles that appeared to have carbon black scorching on them. Below: Dozens of the fungi were stuck, or melted, onto surrounding soybean plants. Fungi photographs © 2006 by Linda Moulton Howe.

There had been heavy rain the whole morning of Friday, August 25, which might have accelerated the fungi growth that day. I emailed a photo of the fungi we found in the soybean circles to Kathie Hodge at Mushroomexpert.com for identification. Kathie wrote back: “Your photo appears to be of a stinkhorn called Phallus rubicundus. I don’t think this one has a common name beyond Stinkhorn, which applies to many species in a family of mushrooms called the Phallaceae. The family (and genus) take their name from the similarity of the fruiting bodies to phallic organs. They have caps that are covered in green slimy spores and they stink horribly, smelling something like rotting meat. This attracts flies, which disperse the spores. Stinkhorns are not poisonous and are common in composted soils around the world. This particular species is not too common in North America, but not too surprising to find it here, either.”

Biophysicist W. C. Levengood has hypothesized in his investigations of crop formations that the plants and soils show evidence of interaction with microwave and spinning ion energies. Were the delicate fungi “scorched” by microwave energy in spinning plasma vortices during the creation of the five soybean circles? Or is the scorched blackness a natural drying process of the Stinkhorn’s dark slime that contains spores?

Phallus rubicundus growing out of ground inside one of soybean circles on the Jim and Chris Stahl farm in Geneseo, Illinois. August 25, 2006, photograph © by Linda Moulton Howe.
Phallus rubicundus growing out of ground inside one of soybean circles on the Jim and Chris Stahl farm in Geneseo, Illinois. August 25, 2006, photograph © by Linda Moulton Howe.
Phallas rubicundus found by Jim Stahl growing outside the soybean circles in another part of his soybean field. Image © 2006 by Jim Stahl.
Phallas rubicundus found by Jim Stahl growing outside the soybean circles in another part of his soybean field. Image © 2006 by Jim Stahl.

[ Editor’s Note: Michael Kuo of MushroomExpert.Com reports that Stinkhorn Fungi,  Phallus rubicundus, is a species known from Africa and other tropical and subtropical locations, including Australia, the Gulf Coast and New Mexico.

“I thought my Illinois collection represented a unique, north-temperate find of Phallus rubicundus – until I started going through stinkhorn photos sent to me in “What’s This Mushroom?” e-mails. I found several other pictures of Phallus rubicundus, all sent to me from the central Midwest.

“Description of Mature Fruiting Body: Spike-like, to about 20 cm; with a 3 to 4.5 cm cap which is attached to the top of the stem and is smooth (or slightly roughened, but not pitted and ridged), and covered with olive brown to dark brown slime; with a reddish to orangish or pinkish hollow stem, about 1.5 cm thick and coarsely pocked with potholes; with a whitish to pale brown volva clinging to the stem and around the base; with one or more whitish rhizomorphs at the base.” ]

Continued in Part 3 – Anomalies and Measurements in Soybean Circles

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More Information:

For further information about American crop formations, please see reports below in the Earthfiles Archives and my book, Mysterious Lights and Crop Circles in the Earthfiles Shop:

  • 06/11/2006 — Updated: Two Mysterious Circles in Wheat Baffle Kansas Farmer
  • 09/02/2005 — Part 1: New York and Ohio Corn Circles “Flattened 2 to 5 Feet Above Ground”
  • 08/02/2005 — Part 1: Anomalies Confirmed in Pennsylvania and Arizona Randomly Downed Crops
  • 07/23/2005 — Mystery of Six Grass Circle Formations in North Carolina
  • 05/26/2005 — Phoenix Barley Mystery: Apparently Irrigation and Wind
  • 05/09/2005 — Mysterious Lights and 2003 Serpent Mound Soybean Formation
  • 04/20/2005 — Outer Space Impact At Serpent Mound, Ohio, 256 Million Years Ago
  • 10/17/2004 — American Crop Formations: 1880-2004
  • 09/22/2004 — Miamisburg and Serpent Mound, Ohio Crop Formations: Geometries Compared
  • 09/17/2004 — Updated: Part 1 – High Strangeness in Canadian Cattle Corn
  • 09/12/2004 — Part 2 – High Strangeness in Canadian Cattle Corn
  • 09/10/2004 — Update on Miamisburg, Ohio, Corn Pictogram – Balls of Light?
  • 09/05/2004 — Part 2 – Hillsboro, Ohio Corn Plant Anomalies
  • 09/04/2004 — Hillsboro, Ohio Corn Formation – High Strangeness in Soil and Plants
  • 09/02/2004 — Updated Photos: Big, Impressive New Corn Formation in Miamisburg, Ohio
  • 08/09/2004 — Pictograms in Poland
  • 07/25/2004 — 2004 Canadian Crop Formations: Scorched Soybeans and “Dirt” Pattern in Barley
  • 07/24/2004 — Part 3 – Crop Formations and Mysterious Lights in Wiltshire, England, July 2004
  • 07/06/2004 — Mysteriously Downed Oat Plants in Eagle Grove, Iowa; Downed Corn in Hillsboro, Ohio
  • 04/08/2004 — FBI Is Investigating Animal Deaths in Johnston County, North Carolina
  • 11/01/2003 — Another Soybean Formation in Ohio
  • 10/10/2003 — Updated – Ohio Hunter’s “Deer Camera” Photographs Mysterious Glowing Disk
  • 10/05/2003 — Part 3 – Paint Creek Island, Ohio Crop Formation Photographs
  • 10/03/2003 — Part 2 – Military Interest in Serpent Mound and Seip Mound Formations?
  • 10/02/2003 — Part 1 – Another Soybean Formation Near Seip Mound in Ohio
  • 09/12/2003 — 2nd Ohio Soybean Crop Formation is Manmade. USAF Investigation Unit Involved?
  • 09/06/2003 — Part 2 – Unusual Soybean Formation Near Serpent Mound, Ohio
  • 09/05/2003 — Part 1 – Unusual Soybean Formation Near Serpent Mound, Ohio
  • 11/30/1999 — A New Crop Formation In Marion, New York and Crop Research Updates

Websites:

American Crop Circles, ICCRA:  http://www.cropcirclenews.com/

English Crop Circles, Current and Archived:  http://www.cropcircleconnector.com

Canadian Crop Circles, CCCRN:  http://www.cccrn.ca/

German Crop Circles:  http://www.kornkreise-forschung.de

Dutch Crop Circles, DCCA:  http://www.dcca.nl
http://www.lucypringle.co.uk

http://www.members.iinet.net.au/~bwratten/ccc.html

http://www.cropcircleresearch.com

http://www.x-cosmos.it

http://www.bertjanssen.nl

http://www.swirlednews.com

http://www.heramagazine.net

http://www.CropCircleAnswers.com

http://www.ukcropcircles.co.uk/?page=home

http://www.temporarytemples.co.uk


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