The observers on board Wiltshire’s combined Air Ambulance and police helicopter are normally busy plotting landing places, communicating with their base and searching for missing people or runaway criminals.
But occasionally they get the best view of Wiltshire’s landmarks – both permanent and more temporary.
One air ambulance crew member managed to get this shot from the air of a crop circle formation in, the fields close to the village of Barbury, on the Marlborough Downs above Swindon, earlier this week.
The formation is one of several that have appeared in the fields in Wiltshire this summer already, with the 2014 crop circle season now getting into full swing before August’s harvesters arrive.
The formation, of what appears to be a moon and swirling galaxy, has not exactly sent crop circle enthusiasts into a frenzy, however. Experts at the ‘Crop Circle Connector’ website, which logs crop circles from Wiltshire and around the world, quickly dismissed it as obviously man-made, unlike some in Wiltshire’s fields this year which they cannot explain.
The formation at Barbury apparently took two nights to complete, with pictures of it half-finished taken during the day in between.
Wiltshire’s air ambulance crews often get the best views of the county’s famous white horses, and that inspired this year’s annual White Horse Challenge event, where scores of walkers trod the footpaths between them to raise money for the air ambulance charity.
Charity chief executive David Philpott was among the walkers, and they hope to have beaten last year’s figure of £8,500 raised.