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Center pivot irrigation system of an alfalfa field. Crops in very large acreage farms are typically grown in circles about 1/2 mile in diameter (800 M). This equipment costs a fortune to buy and most farmers have more than one circle to irrigate. It is common to lease rather than purchase this equipment. More about these systems: tinyurl.com/y5cbqq9n

When I was a Google Earth forum moderator, one of the top questions asked by new members was, "What are those mysterious circles in the Sahara desert?" Or, someone would post "evidence" that they were made by alien beings, were UFO landing pads, and so on. It became an inside joke with the mods and we finally had a standard link for them all to refer to rather than using energy with an original reply. (The UFO people would argue with us, anyway. Another frequent post concerned Area 51 in the Nevada Desert - even more tedious than the crop circles question. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Area_51)

Andy Rodker, Smiley Derleth, kiiti, Annemarie and 9 other people have particularly liked this photo

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Léopold club
Pour le moins inusité comme transport agricole.
2 weeks ago.
Diane Putnam club has replied to Léopold club
Thanks! I debated with myself about whether to add to those groups. Now I did!
9 days ago.
tiabunna club
Yes, have to be impressed by these.
2 weeks ago.
Diane Putnam club has replied to tiabunna club
I think you must have these in Australia, too. Thank you, George.
9 days ago.
 M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !! ( Marj )
M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!… club
Interesting job you had Diane..... Very impressive machinery + a great take on it too......Wishing you all the best Diana & take care !!
2 weeks ago.
Diane Putnam club has replied to M♥rJ Photogr♥phy !!… club
Thank you, Marj. It was great! Loved it, even though it was volunteer, not paid. However, Google treated all of us to a fabulous trip every year, the best hotel, the best food and touring adventures. It was a dream. My favorite was Italy. ;-b
9 days ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Amazing bit of kit................we don't see them quite so often over here! They're fascinating to watch and much bigger that you think!

Nicely captured Diane..............and solves the mystery of the huge tracks in an earlier shot of yours!
2 weeks ago.
Diane Putnam club has replied to Keith Burton club
Yes, they're just massive. Being a fan of any kind of industrial equipment - whatever may fall into that category - I only wish they would move faster. Thank you, Keith.
9 days ago.
 Sylvain Wiart
Sylvain Wiart club
très visibles depuis l'avion !
2 weeks ago.
Diane Putnam club has replied to Sylvain Wiart club
Yes, they are. It's amazing how many people look at the earth from above and can't think of anything but, "ooh, that must be made by aliens!" Sheesh!
9 days ago.
 Jean Paul Capdeville
Jean Paul Capdeville club
Trés belle photo et texte trés intéréssant. (Les champs de luzerne sont trés grands chez vous) Quant à la" zone 51" je pense que 51 est un chiffre particulierement subtil, enfin une bonne année (Je fais référence à 1951 qui est une année "cosmique". ) Par ailleurs, j'ai eu la chance de venir dans votre pays . Dans certrains endroits, notamment du côté de "Monument Valley" j'ai ressenti quelque chose de trés fort, presque mystique . comme une présence. (peut être les esprits des anciens Navajos.) Allez donc savoir. (Je n'avais pas bu de tequila ) Amicalement. Jean Paul
13 days ago.
Diane Putnam club has replied to Jean Paul Capdeville club
You were very lucky to have been to Navajo territory! An amazing landscape and I can see why it is sacred to the Navajo. I have felt a mystical presence when out in nature. I think it is a sign of how much we have lost our connection to Nature.That is what it means to me, anyway.

Here is something I learned recently: the Navajo do not like to be called that, because there is a lot of confusion about where the word came from. They call themselves Dine', meaning something like "we of the sky and earth. Here is an explanation of the word Dine'. www.youtube.com/watch?v=lesg9Sg-rFY (I do not understand some of what he is saying.)
9 days ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Alien beings would never have occurred to me. The crows are sufficiently alien for me.
13 days ago.
Diane Putnam club has replied to Ronald Losure club
That's because you are a rational being. ;-)
Crows! I had not noticed the ones on the wire until you mentioned them!
9 days ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
It would be like something out of 'War of the Worlds', were it not for the reassuring (somehow) yellow and black wheels!
16 hours ago.

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