Residents of Salinas, Calif. were baffled and amazed by a mysterious crop circle discovered in a field Monday morning.
As seen in the photos above, the design is highly detailed, but the locals still have no idea who created the masterpiece, according to a Sky News report.
The crop circle was carved into a barley field just east of Salinas, and the Monterey Herald reports the creation spanned nearly an acre of the field. The report also mentioned the owners of the farm hired security guards to monitor the property, but reporters were escorted to see the masterpiece up-close.
"I don't know what it is supposed to be ... but it is beautiful," said Julie Belanger, who spoke to NBC News after flying over the design to take pictures.
Whether created by human or extraterrestrial, weather conditions for the circle-carving were nearly ideal, with clear skies and cool temperatures, according to weather.com senior meteorologist Jon Erdman.
Source and special thanks: The Weather Channel