- Eyewitness Account Of
Being Formed In The Netherlands
- NANCY TALBOTT
BLT RESEARCH TEAM, INC.
PO BOX 400127
CAMBRIDGE, MA 02140 (USA)
- Event Date: Monday, August 21, 2001
- Time 3:15 am
- Location: Field directly behing v/d Broeke
home, Hoeven, Holland
- Weather: Temperature high-70's, sky overcast,
- Witnesses: Robbert v/d Broeke (from 1st
- Nancy Talbott (from 2nd floor bedroom)
- Crop: String-beans (approx 1-1/2' to
2' tall, and mature)
(Also of Interest: Milk Hill crop formation, England:
- On August 8, 2001, I arrived at the v/d
Broeke home in southern Holland to begin a 2-week research project in conjunction
with U.S. parapsychologist Dr. William Roll and the Parapsychological Services
Institute, Inc. Dr. Roll, whose work with recurrent spontaneous psychokinesis
(RSPK) phenomena had led him to question whether there might be a human
consciousness element involved in the crop circle process (similar to that
documented by him in multiple poltergeist and haunting cases), wanted to
gather geomagnetic and electromagnetic data at the v/d Broeke home and
at recent crop circle sites when Robbert v/d Broeke had had pre-cognitive
intuitions of their arrival.
- For my first 10 days in Holland Robbert
and I visited several formations in the area which had occurred prior to
my arrival, gathering the baseline data which Dr. Roll's protocol required.
During the nights we bicycled out to the fields with the night-vision camcorder
and several flash cameras, in order to carry out photographic experiments.
- For years Robbert has been taking flash
photos at night inside crop circles which, when developed, show single
or multiple strange semi-opaque orbs and other light phenomena not usually
visible to the naked eye. He has found that such experiments are most productive
in new crop circles, but that--in some cases--unusual lights/orbs can be
photographed even weeks or months after the initial event. More recently
he has discovered that the can actually see quite a few of these light
objects before they are photographed and has also noted that many of the
objects now being caught on film are not only much brighter and more dense,
but are much more complex in structure. I, too, seem to have become more
sensative to the presence of the objects, often seeing brief flashes of
light which--when I can get off a shot or two in their direction quickly
enough--result in the objects apparently being caught on film.
- On the night of August 20-21, 2001 Robbert
and I had decided not to go into the fields and were at his parents' home.
Mr. and Mrs. v/d Broeke had retired to their bedroom on the first floor
at the front of the house at around 11:30 pm. Robbert's younger sister,
Madelon, had gone to her bedroom on the second floor at the back of the
house around this time also, leaving only Robbert and me in the kitchen
downstairs. The kitchen window was open and looks out over the 80'-long
back garden, at the end of which is a chain-link fence and a 4'-deep trench
which runs along the edge of the farm field immediately beyond.
- By 3 am Robbert and I had been in the
kitchen discussing the crop circles, their possible causative mechanisms
and origins, what they might mean, etc. for several hours. I was tired
from weeks of tromping about the fields during the days recording data
and then nights of flash photography and videography, and realized that
I felt pretty much like I was--or might have been--chasing my tail. I recalled
my first visit with Robbert and his family back in 1998 and the incredibly
dramatic light display I had witnessed with Mr. and Mrs. v/d Broeke on
my second night in the house. And I thought about all of the other really
peculiar incidents on return trips, occurring with increasing frequency--and
all of the work that has been done to document and attempt to understand
these events--and it suddenly seemed to me that the phenomenon was just
too complex, too elusive, too difficult to study. I suppose partly out
of fatigue and partly out of frustration I decided to go up to bed, telling
Robbert that I was tired of all this "pussy-footing" around and
asking, "why can't this phenomenon be more obvious, more direct?"
- I was sleeping in Robbert's old bedroom
which is on the second floor at the back of the house, over-looking the
garden and farm field. The bed is placed so that it faces directly out
through two floor-to-ceiling glass doors which go out to a small balcony
overlooking the garden and farm field beyond, and there are thin, gauzy
curtains hanging at these glass doors. The farm field is clearly visible
from the bed. Robbert was still in the kitchen downstairs.
- Back of house: kitchen windows on left,
Nancy's 2nd floor bedroom
w/balcony on right. PHOTO: Robbert v/d Broeke
- Once upstairs I pulled the curtains closed
(leaving one of the doors open), changed into my nightgown and propped
myself up with pillows to read in bed for awhile. The lights were on and
the room was well-lit. At about 3:05 am I heard a few cattle nearby bawling
raucously, as cattle do when they are disturbed. From years of talking
whth farmers and ranchers who have had crop circles (and other unusual
events) occur on their properties, I immediately realized that this bawling
might be a sign that something strange was afoot and, in the back of my
mind thought "I should go to the windows and pull back the curtains
because I might see something." Whether because of fatigue or some
sort of intuition, I stayed in bed and did not pull back the curtains.
The cattle quieted down for a few minutes but, at about 3:10 am they started
up again. And again I thought I should go to the windows and open up the
curtains....and, again, I stayed put (in my notes from that night I have
written that I was "scared"). After a minute or so the cattle
were quiet again.
- Then, at about 3:15 am, a brilliant,
intense white column, or tube, of light--about 8 inch to 1 foot in diameter
from my vantage point--flashed down from the sky to the ground, illuminating
my bedroom and the sky as brilliantly as if from helicopter searchlights.
My room was so bright I can't, in retrospect, understand how I could so
very clearly see the "tube" of light outside--it's distinct edges--but
I could for about a full second, and there seemed to be a slight bluish
tinge along the sides of the tube. Then this tube of light disappeared
and both my room and the outside went dark. While the tube of light was
there it was so bright I couldn't see exactly where it was touching down
and wasn't sure how close it was.
- Approximately one second of total darkness
elapsed and then a second tube of the same brilliant white light, slightly
edged in a bluish tint, appeared slightly to the left of where the first
tube had been. Again the room and the outside lit up spectacularly, somehow
leaving the intense tube of light clearly visible for about one second.
Then, after another second's darkness the third and final tube decended
to the ground. There was no sound at any time druing the light incident
(the neighbor's cattle were now quiet), nor did I smell anything out of
the ordinary at all. There was also no physical sensation of exposure to
increased electromagnetic energy (such as the tingling I had experienced
a few years prior in this same house during an earlier encounter). The
entire light display took 5-6 seconds; if the bawling cattle are considered
to be part of this situation the total time would be about 10 minutes.
- By the time the third tube of light flashed
down to the ground I was half out of bed yelling to Robbert, who was still
downstairs in the kitchen. He, at the same time, was running up the stairs
to get me, having witnessed the event from the first-floor kitchen windows.
From the kitchen he could see that the tubes of light had hit the bean-field,
just beyond the fence at the back of the garden, and he reported also that
the sky had lit up like daylight when each column of light had occured.
He however had seen only two tubes of light, apparently because he had
jumped up after the second one, leaving the kitchen to come and get me
upstairs. He further indicated in the drawing he made immediately afterward
that these tubes of light were spiraling down to the ground. [Actually,
when I got out the drawing I had made shortly afterware, I had also indicated
a spiraling motion inside the tubes of light.] Robbert had perceived the
tubes of light as being smaller in diameter than I had, but he also saw
them as definite, contained, colums which remaind the same width all the
way down. Neither of us saw anything in the overcast sky from which these
tubes of light had originated. Later that night Robbert reported that he
had heard the dog next door barking furiously just prior to the appearance
of the light-tubes.
Artist's Illustration of the beam of light.
(See "The German Pages" - click "weiter")
- Our yelling back and forth to each other
up the stairway had awakened both Madelon and Mrs. v/d Broeke, who both
emerged into the hallway in excited states. Robbert and I were equally
agitated, due to our shared impression of the stunning force of the energy
involved....and our mutual, clear, impression of it's purposefulness. All
four of us went immediately to the glass doors at the back of the house
off the dining room (directly underneath my bedroom's doors) somewhat timidly,
not certain of what else we might expect.
- Looking out these glass doors we could
see nothing up in the sky and after a minute or so Robbert went to the
back door off the kitchen and stepped out; I joined him and, tentatively,
also went outside. So far as we could tell everything seemed oddly normal
and very dark--looking up we could see only and overcast sky. We headed
for the back fence and the farm field and there, just over the fence about
15ft. into the bean-field--just barely visible in the darkness--was the
new crop circle. When we turned my flashlight onto the field we could see
that half of the crop in the downed area was laid away from us and the
other half was laid toward us, and I thought I could faintly see steam
rising from the freshly downed beans (which I attributed to the interaction
fo the tubes of light with a heavy night-time dew covering the crop).
- At dawn the next day, from my bed, I
could clearly see the new circle--which turned out to be, in fact, an ellipse
of about 35 ft. in length (running East/West) and 20 ft. in width (North/South
diameter), with a 20 ft.-long pathway adjoining the northern edge which
ended in a crossbar (like the capital letter "T").
- Field diagram of new crop formation in
bean-field showing crop lay
(all measurements by Peter v/d Broeke). Diagram: N. Talbott
- The epicenter of the ellipse was considerably
West of the actual center, and teh northern half of the stringbean plants
(heavy with beans) were swept counter-clockwise in what looked to be one
wide sweep all the way around the ellipse and back along the southern edge.
The eastern and western edges or the ellipse were slightly squared, ending
abruptly at a row of beans on either side and leaving the plants in these
rows along the edges totally unaffected. The pathway off to the North was
laid away from the ellipse to its end, the crowbar at the end being laid
left (West) and right (East) in simple single sweeps. The width of all
the pathways was one row of beans only, about 1 - 1/2 feet wide.
- We were unable to go into the field until
the evening, due to the need to obtain permission from the farmer and to
our lack of a ladder to help us negotiate the fence and the steep ditch
on the other side. On the evening of the 21st, at about 6 pm, we did go
in and carried out a number of procedures.
- The compass showed no deviations within
the laid crop (nor at control locations outside the new event) and the
electromagnetometer registered a steady 0.2m, the same reading I obtained
at the control locations and at all of the other crop circle sites I had
tested in the past two weeks. No EM spikes were noted. Examination of the
plants showed them all to have been bent over at the base and no broken
or split stems were seen. There was no visible trauma to the stems or leaves,
or the very healthy-looking beans beneath them. The soil appeared relatively
dry both inside and outside the laid-corp area and was fine-grained and
dark in appearance (mineralogical characterization of the soil in this
field a year previously by BLT Inc.'s consulting minerologist, Dr. Sam
Iyengar, had indicated that this field is very well maintained and high
in organic content and very low in clays).
- Measurements and photographs were taken
and a visible difference in leaf color inside the downed-crop areas was
observed to be due to the fact that some of the plants were laid toward
us showing us only the tops of the leaves, thus reflecting the light differently.
Along this flow-line near the center of the formation plants growing immediately
next to each other were cleanly bent over at their bases in opposite directions,
with no visible damage to either the plants or the beans. There was a slight
swirling of the plants in the "epicenter" area which, in this
case, occured in the southeastern quadrant, considerably away from the
actual geometric center of the ellipse.
- Because of the hoof-and-mouth disease
which has been prevalent in Holland (as well as in other eastern European
countries) during the summer of 2001, and the subsequent likelihood that
US customs would not allow importation of either plants or soils from Europe
into the U.S., no attempt was made to take soil or plant samples. I did,
however, harvest a few handfuls of beans and enjoyned them at dinner a
few night later. So far, I've noted no sequelae.
- That night, following our routine examination
of the new formation, Robbert and a friend and I went back over the fence
and into the field to take night flash photos. Because the ellipse was
not yet 24 hours old we anticipated getting some strange light orbs and/or
objects on film, and we were not disappointed. Every roll of film (4 or
5) produced numerous photos of light orbs, usually fairly close to one
of the three of us. Some of the light objects were quite large (4-5 times
larger than a soccer ball) nearly transparent orbs; some were much smaller
(about grapefruit-sized) and more dense, and appeared to be relatively
high over our heads. In many of the more interesting photos these much
denser, brighter objects were down close to the crop surface or just over
- 8-21-01 (about 10pm): Robbert (background)
and friend inside new ellipse accompanied by two bright light balls of
a type photographed fairly regularly in and near crop circles. [Small yellow
light in background is from farmhouse at end of field.] PHOTO: N. Talbott
- Top: Robbert's friend and Nancy, with
light object overhead which appears to be moving. Bottom: Two of the dense,
multi-orb lights, again with apparent movement. [Small yellow lights are
from farmhouses.] PHOTOS: R. v/d Broeke, N. Talbott
- Interestingly, a number of photos taken
of the formation by leaning over the fence (10-15 ft. away from the downed-crop)
very shortly after it had formed showed no photographic anomalies at all.
I shot onlyabout a half roll of film immediately after the ellipse had
occurred, mostly because it was so dark and I wasn't sure that the flash
was reaching the new circle; perhaps if I had shot more flim I might have
gotten one. Now, however, I am wondering if it may be the presence of people
inside the formation, the presence of some part of the human energy field,
perhaps in interaction with residual energies from the formation event,
which has something to do with producing these light anomalies...in future
studies we will have to try photographing new circles from outside them,
before any people have been inside the flattened areas.
- In preparation for one new BLT, Inc.
study, which will evaluate the effects of various energies on normal (non-corp-circle)
plants and soils, I have had many discussions with microwave and laser
experts who are convinced that the crop circles and at least some of the
associated light phenomena are simply either "mistakes" by the
military and/or industrial research community and/or perhaps pranks by
one or another of these groups on the citizenry. If they are "mistakes"
it would seem--particularly in light of the recent ghastly events in New
York, Washington, D.C and Pennsylvania--that we are all in more trouble
than was immediately apparent. And the idea that they might be pranks strikes
me as perhaps even more frightening, and for the same reason: idiots at
the helm is hardly a comforting image. What I suspect, instead, is that
these highly trained and proficient microwave/laser engineers just aren't
really "tracking" the available facts yet...like the majority,
it seems, of the rest of the population.
- On the other hand, in recent conversation
with one of the new scientists participating in ongoing BLT, Inc. studies,
a man highly regarded by his academic colleagues, the idea that we are
instead perhaps dealing with a "new kind of energy", something
not seen before, has been discussed. I suspect this idea is much more reflective
of reality than is the notion of an inept or adolescent military/industrial
research group gone amuck.
- Was the occurrence of this crop circle
related to my frustration over the elusiveness of the phenomenon and my
wanting a more obvious indication of the agency involved? It did occur
within 10-15 minutes of my having stated my disgust and it did occur in
the closest growing plants (stringbeans, the first time a circle has been
reported in this corp) to my physical self--the whole incident clearly
visible from my room--in fact the very bed I was sleeping in. It was also
placed dead-center between the north and south boundary lines of the v/d
Broeke property and about as close to their perimeter fence as possible.
- Robbert and I, from our slightly different
vantage points, were each quite convinced of both the intense power and
the precision of the light "tubes"--both of us perceiving the
incident as "deliberate, on purpose." Are our perceptions--not
just of this current event, but of multiple crop circle experiences over
many years--simply anthropocentric? What are the chances that this recent
amazing display was just coincidental? And if it was, why have similar
events--the crop circles and all the stunning light phenomena associated
with them--been occuring for the last 25-30 years, with increasing frenquency
and complexity, all over the world? And why repeatedly in fairly precise
locations? Why don't they occur everywhere? And what are the light objects?
Are they in fact becoming more complex too, perhaps mirroring the evolution
in design of the flattened plants?
- Are Robbert and I (and, apparently, many
other people) victims of our imaginations? Or is it possible that human
faculties are capable, at least in some situation, of recognizing external
consciousness and/or purpose in energy-forms or life-forms currently unknown
to us and un-named? Robbert and I perceived these light tubes as "on
purpose." Was there a consciousness in those light columns? Or, was
there a consciousness directing them? Was it our sub-or unconscious? If
not ours, was it Jung's collective unconscious? Was it a consciousness
inherent in Nature? Or was it from another dimension, galaxy or, perhaps,
directly from the Almighty? Robbert and I don't know. What we suspect is
that the answers to these questions--in fact the actual pursuit of these
answers--will greatly affect human awareness. What we hope is that 21st
Century humanity will recognize this possibility soon and join in the effort
to uncover new aspects of reality we may currently only faintly imagine.