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"Circles 16 at Arc2000 Lakes 2012," by Simon Beck

Pattern made in snow with snowshoes.

This was done using the faintly visible ghost of an earlier design on the same site. Enough was visible despite recent snow fall for me to be able to find the corners of the roughly triangular figures without having to do any surveying. One person likened this image to a crocheted doily, another to a crop circle. This was done in 2012 at ARC 2000 is a ski area in France. --- Simon Beck (

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