Saline Post staff investigated a tip received Monday from Jim Peters that crop circles had appeared in the Braun brothers’ wheat field. It was not immediately apparent that any thing had changed, but a more thorough search revealed a section of flattened stalks in the south field.
It was hard to recognize any pattern at ground level. However, Jim Peters along with Andy Southerland and Jeff Ulrich chartered a flight from Solo Aviation in Ann Arbor to take a look at the farm from above. They recorded photographic evidence of a distinct geometric pattern in the wheat.
The famous Nazca lines of southern Peru also show no obvious pattern at ground level, but aerial photos show that they form pictures of animals and geometric shapes. Many take this as evidence that ancient astronauts must have created the lines. Could aliens have made the Braun farm circles?
Curiously, the pattern in the Brauns’ field looks very much like a Celtic knot. This Celtic connection is particularly interesting in view of the upcoming Saline Celtic Festival scheduled for Friday and Saturday, July 11 – 12.
Peters, Sutherland and Ulrich are also members of the Celtic Festival Committee. It is an interesting coincidence that they were the ones who confirmed the existence of these circles.
Amber Sotelo, chairperson for the Celtic Festival Committee had some thoughts about this bizarre phenomenon.
“My theory is that our Mill Pond monster, Millie, has been in Scotland and Ireland, she’s been visiting overseas,” Sotelo said. “And I think she realized that she needed to get back to the Saline area hurriedly and contacted some of her other-worldly friends to get her here very quickly. And I think that they left that crop circle behind in transit, while getting her to Saline for the festival.
Perhaps this is as good a hypothesis as any. Like Peters, the creators of these markings clearly had excellent engineering skills.
Kelven and Howard Braun were unusually unruffled by this vandalism to their wheat field. In fact, they found it amusing. They said the perpetrators had actually asked permission before they did it.
“I think this is a fun way to encourage people to be interested in the Celtic Festival,” Sotelo said. “I’m thankful for some very helpful aliens and some very helpful farmers to do some advertising for us and to get the word out that the festival is on this Friday and Saturday and that it is a great family event and we have lots of great activities.”