Michel M. Deschamps
November 1990, I was at my workplace when I heard on the
radio that there was going to be a show on crop circles,
that same afternoon. I went home for lunch and came back
with my cassette recorder because I wanted to record the
program, which I did.
listening to the show, I heard the hostess say that crop
circles have been discovered near Sudbury. I soon got
in touch with her and she gave me the name of someone
who had apparently taken photographs of the circles. I
called the person and we arranged to meet at his apartment
so that I could view the photographs.
I got there, I was shown two strips of negatives consisting
of four exposures: two were individual shots of each circle
and the other two were showing both formations together,
with people and a pickup truck in the background.
couldn't really see any details, but when I had prints
made from the negatives, I noticed that the circles had
been formed on gravel and limestone. I found this peculiar
because crop circles are usually created in crop fields
and not on hard surfaces like rock and gravel!
that moment, I knew that we weren't dealing with the crop
circle phenomena, although it had been reported as such.
was told that the photos had been taken on Manitoulin
Island, in mid-September 1990. I asked the photographer
if I could borrow the negatives and he told me I could
months went by before I had the chance to go to the Island.
In June 1991, when I finally went there, I headed for
the small town of Spring Bay, and found the site approximately
¼ mile west of town.
circles were located about ¼ mile from the main
road, in an area consisting of gravel and limestone that
is completely surrounded by trees.
were two indentations, each measuring nine feet in diameter
and both were 16 feet apart, from centre to centre.
interviewed the property owner and his best friend, who
had been the first ones to discover the circles. They
told me that the people who took the first photographs
described the circles as having a sand-blasted effect
on the spot where the gravel was blown away, revealing
the limestone underneath. This explains why the circles'
outlines are irregular and not perfectly round.
I took a closer look at each doughnut-shaped indentation,
I noticed that the gravel and sand in the centre and on
the perimeter had hardened because unlike the surface,
which could easily be swept with a broom, I had to use
a scraper to remove some of the gravel. I left it intact
but that's how hard it was, as it had been fused together.
used a compass to see if there were any magnetic anomalies
but nothing happened. There was no evidence of burns or
scorching. Except for tiny little scratches, the surface
of the rock was absolutely smooth.
June 1991, I've gone back to the site on three separate
occasions to see if the circles would still be there and
I've had to use the photos as reference to locate them
because a layer of gravel was covering them. With the
use of a brush, I swept away the loose gravel from the
hard surface to uncover the indentations. They hadn't
changed a bit since September 1990!
is my personal opinion that if this were a hoax, it would
probably have been made in a field to resemble the crop
circles found in England.
of the prevalent news reports of crop circles on television
and in the newspapers at that time, the hoaxers would
have tried to do the same, not knowing at all what a physical
landing trace would look like if it were done on solid
rock and gravel.
simple fact that the site itself is hidden from view and
away from the main road also supports my conclusion that
this is no hoax. True cause? Unknown!
of this writing, the 80-year-old property owner has since
passed away and his best friend, who is in his early 80s,
has been put in a nursing home. The gate to the property
has been locked up and there is no way for me to see if
the circles are still there today.
are a great number of sighting reports that have come
from Manitoulin Island and I have newspaper clippings
that show that 1975 was a very good year for UFO sighting
reports, especially for Manitoulin Island...and Sudbury.
But that's another story!