The Green Man at the beach

The Green Man at the beach - © Phil Wiley 2012

The Green Man at the beach – Phil 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 :)
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 – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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.