The Green Man at the beach

The Green Man at the beach - © Phil Wiley 2012

The Green Man at the beach РPhil Wiley © 2012

A number of people have asked if this is a photoshopped montage. There was no trickery involved. The Green Man of legend was actually there ūüôā
Well he was through the viewfinder anyway. It’s all a reflecting in a glass fence with a tangle of greenery behind it, running along part of the seafront at Noosa in Queensland.

Green Man РWikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A¬†Green Man¬†is a sculpture, drawing, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines may sprout from the nose, mouth,¬†¬†nostrils or other parts of the face and these shoots may bear flowers or fruit. Commonly used as a decorative¬†architectural ornament, Green Men are frequently found on¬†carvings¬†in¬†churches¬†and other buildings (both secular and¬†ecclesiastical). “The Green Man” is also a popular name for English¬†public houses¬†and various interpretations of the name appear on inn signs, which sometimes show a full figure rather than just the head.

The Green Man¬†motif¬†has many variations. Found in many cultures around the world, the Green Man is often related to natural¬†vegetative deities¬†springing up in different cultures throughout the ages. Primarily it is interpreted as a¬†symbol¬†of rebirth, or “renaissance,” representing the cycle of growth each spring. Some¬†speculate that the¬†mythology¬†of the Green Man developed independently in the traditions of separate ancient cultures and evolved into the wide variety of examples found throughout history.