This writing by Peter Sorensen is excerpted, with permission, from Mysterious Lights and Crop Circles © 2000 by Linda
Moulton Howe, to be published by Paper Chase Press in Fall 2000. Please
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The strangest thing I ever saw was curving beams
of light which I observed one night in England
with Ulrich Kox.
The sighting occurred after the 1996 circle
season was over, and Ulrich was about to depart
for Germany the following morning. It was
already well into the evening when he offered to
take me to a secret location in the vicinity of
Alton Barnes, where he had seen anomalous lights
on previous occasions.
It was a wonderful Wiltshire night, with a
billion stars in the crystal clear sky, but no
moon. There was a heavy, low lying mist, only
about a foot deep that covered the stubble of a
large, recently cut field. The mist glowed with
a strange intensity -- as if there was a full
moon. I remarked that it was hard to believe
that the stars alone could illuminate it so
brightly. Ulrich said in his opinion it was
energy in the field itself that caused the glow.
He had seen it there before.
We stood at the edge of the field, talking and
enjoying the stars (people who live in cities
haven't ANY idea how beautiful the Milky Way
is!). I might point out that, although we had
enjoyed a few beers earlier, we were not then
drinking or partaking in any kind of drugs, and
in the chilly night air we were quite sober.
It must have been nearly two hours later, with
nothing unusual seen, we were getting tired and
about to leave, when it happened:
Two beams of light shot up from the middle of the
field, looking very much like wartime
searchlights hunting for planes. They went up
into the sky hundreds, if not thousands, of feet,
waving lazily to and fro. They looked just like
something out of a World War II movie, except they were
flexible -- bending like they were made of
They persisted scanning around, with the distant
end of their cones lagging behind the brighter
bases, for about seven seconds -- definitely long
enough for us to be sure of what we saw. There
was sufficient time after we realized that the
lights were curving for us to double-check the
After we recovered from our amazement, we hurried
to where the lights had emerged from the field,
but of course there was nothing to be found.
We waited around for another hour or so, when our
patience was rewarded with another, shorter
display, just at the moment that we decided to
leave. It was as if the lights heard us and
said, "farewell!" Of course that made us stick
around even later, but we saw nothing more.
There had been no sound, and no static electric
tingle or other unusual phenomena during the
entire period we were there.
What we saw was "impossible," of course. Normal
light beams are caused by photons leaving a light
source at 186,000 miles a second, illuminating
dust particles in their path, so their sides are
perfectly straight. Physics as we know it would
require a TREMENDOUS gravitational field to bend
a beam of light. It's more likely that it was
some kind of glowing plasma.
Ulrich had exclaimed in wonder, "What is it --
some kind of ghost?!" And, indeed, what we
witnessed was perhaps more like spirits
attempting to communicate than a technological
PS: I'm glad to say that I recently learned that
Colin Andrews has three other reports from the
area of curved beams of lights in his files!
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