Recently I’ve been doing a lot of close-up perusal of Google maps, among others, and came across this field today. Not crop circles, but certainly a creative farmer, or someone, at work. What I can’t figure out is what crop is involved and what the structures (equipment?) in the field might be. And do the patterns serve any useful purpose? Access to the crop, perhaps? If such access is unnecessary, why destroy part of the crop? Or is it just vandals at work? Are these patterns cut after the crop has been harvested? Is it the same crop in both pictures? Typical city girl questions.
The first view is the one that caught my attention. Part of it looks like a maze. You can see it on Google maps just southeast of the intersection of E. 104th Ave. and Riverdale Rd., Thornton, CO.
Naturally I zoomed in for a closer look. Unfortunately the closer view was shot in a different year, so the pattern changed. (Note the “artist” was kind enough to include the date, 2011, although it appears upside down in this view.)
And just for grins: This view of a different field a few miles from the first, caught my attention a few months ago. (See Google maps, east of E. 120th Ave. and Holly Dr., Thornton, CO.) This is a common occurrence in open fields and lots in Colorado, but I’d never seen it from overhead. You do know what causes those spots, don’t you?