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(Bosschenhoofd, Holland)

- Part 2 -

"WOODENHEAD" #1, Addendum: White Powder Added
Date: June 28, 2007 - afternoon

On the afternoon of June 28 Robbert went to visit the "Woodenhead" field on his motorbike. He went into the first pictogram where he again noticed an "energy" present, then moved on to look at the second "Thought-Bubble" formation, where he stayed for about ½ hour. For some reason he felt like re-visiting the first "Celtic cross" formation and in its' center circle now found a large deposit of what looked like more of the same white powder. Robbert is certain this deposit was not present when he first arrived at the field that afternoon and he neither saw nor heard anything unusual while in either formation prior to discovering the new deposit of white powder.

white powder in Celtic Cross formation
"Woodenhead" #1 – Afternoon of June 28th. Robbert finds deposit of
white powder in center circle of "Celtic cross" formation.
Photo: Peter v/d Broeke

Close-up of white powder
"Woodenhead" #1 – Close-up of white powder.
Photo: Peter v/d Broeke

"WOODENHEAD" #4: Figure w/Flashing Eyes,
New "Dumbbell" Formation & More White Powder
Date: June 28-29, 2007
Crop: Wheat

By June 28th these events, in conjunction with Robbert's continuing intuition that "more was coming," now had the whole v/d Broeke family paying attention. Because they have all lived for many years with a wide range of very strange circumstances occurring around Robbert (and sometimes other members of the family), they have developed what some people might perceive as a "relaxed," even "casual," response to many highly unusual events. Even I (who am only with the family for 2-3 weeks every summer) have noticed my own increasingly calm response to the amazing incidents which regularly occur when I am present.

But by now it was clear to everybody that the summer of 2007 was different. On the night of the June 28th Mr. and Mrs. v/d Broeke, their daughter Madelon, Robbert , Ellen Gomez and her husband Maurits all set off for the Bosschenhoofd field, again around 11 pm. For about an hour they all stood in the original formation, thinking that perhaps they might see the red ball of light again.

At some point during this first hour Peter v/d Broeke thought he saw a small white cloud down low over the field. He handed his camera to Robbert with the idea that the camera, in Robbert's hands, might record something there. But immediately the new batteries in the camera failed. Peter retrieved another pack of new batteries from his car, but these also failed immediately. He then drove home (only about 10 minutes away) and brought back 3 more new sets of batteries but all of these also failed immediately when Robbert tried to take photographs.

Peter later asked me if I thought it was possible that whatever it was that was "getting ready" to happen needed energy—and was perhaps absorbing it from the batteries? A reasonable question, I think, under the actual circumstances, and one that many crop circle researchers have also asked over the years.

At the same time as the batteries were being drained Robbert's younger sister Madelon, who is extremely sensitive to these events (and who has witnessed dozens of bizarre manifestations herself), first observed a "mirage effect" in the air out over the field and then became so nauseous she had to leave the field, returning with her father to their car. Mr. and Mrs. Gomez, along with Mrs. v/d Broeke and Robbert stayed in the field, still in the original "Celtic Cross" pictogram.

At about 12 midnight Robbert felt the need to walk farther into the field, back toward the far edge where some trees grow beside a bank at the edge of the airport's runway. As Robbert left the group, his father and Madelon rejoined Ellen and her husband and Mrs. v/d Broeke, all still standing in the original pictogram. All the witnesses state that Robbert was still faintly visible as a silhouette and the group watched him as he stood near the tree-line, some 80-100m away.

After 10-15 minutes Robbert suddenly began running back toward the group, clearly agitated, reporting that he had just seen (visually, not in a "vision") a figure which, at first, he took to be the farmer standing along the tree-line. Although thoroughly startled, he had not actually felt threatened, observing that the figure was as tall as a man but that its body was indistinct (Robbert could see no clothing), It was also surrounded by air which appeared distorted in the same way the air around mirages appears to be. As the large, greyish-white face with huge black, deep-set eyes slowly turned toward him, Robbert experienced what he describes as an "electromagnetic" energy, similar to that which he often experiences in crop circles. Suddenly Robbert realized that the figure was not human and, at the same instant, had the very clear sensation that it "knew" him—in a manner so profound as to be unearthly.

drawing of figure
Robbert's drawing of the figure next to the tree-line.
Air-distortion ("mirage" effect) in indicated by squiggly lines
drawn around both sides of the face.
Source: Robbert v/d Broeke

The figure turned its' head slowly from side-to-side and it's heavy eyebrows moved up and down as a "soft, misty, yellowish-green" light shot out of the eyes in Robbert's direction. Robbert thinks he heard the electrostatic "crackling" sound again also, at which point he turned and ran back toward his family.

The whole group, none of whom had seen either the strange figure or the flash of light from its' eyes then walked (with some apprehension) to this area near the tree-line, but the figure was no longer there. Instead a new "dumbbell" type crop formation—again with a white powder in the center of the larger circle—lay about 10m into the field in front of the trees, the path connecting the two circles pointing directly toward the spot where Robbert had observed the figure.

dumbbell formation
Woodenhead #4 – June 29th,
"Dumbbell" formation pointing toward
spot in trees where Robbert saw
figure with flashing eyes.
Photo: Peter Vanlaerhoven

larger circle of dumbbell design
Larger circle of dumbbell design, with white powder in center.

"Woodenhead" #4
Photos: Peter v/d Broeke

When the group left the field that night it was about 1:30 am June 29th and Robbert was complaining of a "heavy pressure" in his head and of feeling very, very tired. In spite of this he said that he was certain that real "progress" was occurring.

Because he had not brought along the necessary supplies, Peter could not sample the white powder that night, but did get a good sample the next morning. Peter Vanlearhoven, from the DCCA, also visited the field and we thank him for his photographs used in this report.

"Woodenhead" #5: 18.2m Pictogram with "F" Key
Date: July 1, 2007
Crop: Wheat

During Sunday, June 30th, Robbert once again felt great tension and angst and felt he must return to the field. Shortly after midnight he and Ellen headed back again to the Bosschenhoofd field, arriving in 10-15 minutes. Robbert, feeling dizzy and markedly agitated, again walked out into the field alone, trying to quiet himself. He stopped when he was about 50m away from Ellen and she states she could clearly see him rapidly fluttering his hands in front of his face (a behavior Robbert often engages in when experiencing great tension--he later told me that, due to his extreme angst that night, he was totally unable to stop these hand movements for several minutes).

After about 15 minutes he returned to where Ellen was standing, now much calmer, although covered in perspiration. By 12:30 am (only 15-20 minutes after arriving at the field) Robbert and Ellen decided to leave and return home.

Mrs. v/d Broeke was still up when Robbert arrived at home and they talked for awhile in the kitchen, Robbert saying that he could again feel both a "Mary" energy and a "UFO" energy over the field, both very strong. He then drew a new diagram of a long pictogram which he felt would occur in the field soon and, leaving the drawing with his mother, went to bed.

Robbert's sketch
Robbert's rough sketch
(drawn @ about 1:30am , July 1st)
of crop circle which he thought would occur
soon at "Woodenhead" field.
Drawing: Robbert v/d Broeke

Mrs. v/d Broeke showed the drawing to her husband the next morning and at around 8am on July 1st Peter again drove to the field and found what was to be the final crop formation to appear in the "Woodenhead" field in 2007. Although the long new pictogram did not exactly match Robbert's rough sketch made the night before, it did incorporate an "ankh" symbol (created by a ringed ellipse, a pathway with a cross-bar), a ringed large center circle with a "key" symbol jutting out from one side, and two smaller circles down at the end.

It was the longest of the "Woodenhead" formations to appear so far, approximately 56-57 ft. long overall (18.2m), and the most intricate. It was also the last to appear in the "Woodenhead" field in 2007.

crop circle - complex pictogram
"Woodenhead" #5 – July 1, 2007
A 57 ft. long (18.2m) complex pictogram.
Photo: Peter v/d Broeke

Lay detail
"Woodenhead" #5 – lay detail in ringed circle component.
Photo: Peter v/d Broeke

"Woodenhead" #5
Photo: Peter Vanlearhoven

Robbert has emphasized that all five of these 2007 Bosschenhoofd crop formations contained strong "healing" energies – for people and for the earth itself. He felt strongly that they had occurred "for the people" (so that many people could visit them and experience these energies). But the farmer was consistent in his reluctance to allow public access to the formations and so very few people did, in fact, see them first-hand.

Robbert also told me that he thinks the white powder might have healing properties itself….

White Powder Analysis

Quite a lot of white powder was retrieved by Peter v/d Broeke from the three different crop circles, samples of which were submitted for analysis to Dr. Jaap J. Boon, a Materials scientist and Professor of Analytical Mass Spectrometry at the University of Amsterdam.

white powder retrieved from Woodenhead formations
Total quantity of white powder retrieved from
"Woodenhead" crop formations in 2007.
Photo: N.Talbott

SEM, SEMEDX and FTIR analyses were carried out at the FOM Institute (Society for Fundamental Research of Materials), a materials science laboratory in Amsterdam. Using an FEI FSEM (type XL30) machine a typical photo (at 2000x) shows all of the samples to be made up of flakey crystals, all basically similar in morphology.

SEM photo of white powder
SEM photo (2000x) of white material from "Woodenhead" crop circles
shows all samples to be made up of similar "flakey crystals."
Source: Report, Dr. Jaap J. Boon (Spring 2008)

Elemental composition, determined by energy dispersed x-ray analysis (EDX) in the FEI FSEM XL30, was found to be essentially the same in all the samples [Mg5 (CO 3) 4 (OH) 2 . 4 H2O] indicating the presence of the elements carbon, oxygen and magnesium with trace amounts of chloride.

EDX analysis
EDX indicates white powder is same elemental
composition in all 3 samples.
Source: Report, Dr. Jaap J. Boon (Spring 2008)

Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy spectrum of the white material matched the composition of the magnesium carbonate hydrate known as "hydromagnesite."

FTIR Spectrum analysis of white powder
FTIR spectrum of white powder from 2007 "Woodenhead" cropcircles.
Source: Report, Dr. Jaap J. Boon (Spring 2008)

So, from Dr. Jaap J. Boon's anaylsis of the white powder samples we know that, as in the rotating Ball-of-light incident at Robbert's balcony in August, 1997 (see:, all of the white powder deposits found at "Woodenhead" in 2007 are once again magnesium carbonate. There are multiple and quite varied commonly available products incorporating this substance (from pharmaceuticals and inks to agriculture and sports products), but it is interesting to note that in the particular chemical formulation found here it is mostly used as a fire retardant.

BLT Research Team consultants are now conducting our own EDS, SEM and IR examinations here in the USA and we expect to also utilize the x-ray diffraction technique. If any additional information becomes available it will be appended to this report.

Robbert in thought bubble formation
Robbert in "Thought Bubble" formation—
only formation not yet harvested
by mid-August, 2007.
Photo: Andreas Muller

The events reported here are, we know, extraordinary. And probably very difficult for most people to accept. We are also aware that, as Carl Sagan so quotably intoned in the 1980 TV documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."

Reasonable people are certainly entitled to such evidence, if it is possible to actually obtain it. We (the BLT Research Team) are preparing two more reports this summer (2008) which will provide additional information regarding the phenomenal nature of events occurring around Robbert van den Broeke. And two fully-credentialed professional scientists have also recently begun evaluating Robbert's situation and are gathering new data--which, when published, we hope will both substantiate our observations over the years and provide greater insight into the nature of these phenomena.

Crop circles also occurred in several other locations in southern Holland in 2007 (see the Dutch Crop Circle Association's web-site . Our thanks to one of the DCCA's members, Peter Vanlearhoeven, for allowing us to use some of his photos.

Thanks also to Mrs. Ellen Gomez and Mr. & Mrs. van den Broeke for their help in writing this report, and Mr. v/d Broeke for providing both a few of his many photos as well as Dr. Jaap J. Boon's report on the white powder, and to Andreas Muller, a German colleague, for providing the red BOL diagrams. And thanks to everybody for speaking to me in English—I know this requires considerable effort for at least some of these participants.

The two additional BLT reports will be posted soon—please check the "UPDATES" section of the BLT web-site for these postings. The next report will include an array of "anomalous" light phenomena photographs taken recently by Robbert at "Woodenhead" & other 2007 crop circle sites (as well as other locations) and will also include some of his light phenomena photos from earlier years. We hope to have this report posted by the end of May–early June, 2008.

A third report will present details and photographs illustrating what can only be called astounding developments in this case--it will be posted during the summer of 2008, as soon as it is completed.




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