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The Green man of Spring returns to the woodlands.

In woodland places 1
Knockadrina woodlands, Knocktopher, County Kilkenny
Irish Landscape photography : Nigel Borrington


The Cult of the Green Man

Greenman :

Of all the pagan gods, the woodland spirit variously called the Green Man or Jack-in-the-Green is one that has lived on the longest in folklore.

The Green Man is seen mainly as a symbol of spring and the rebirth of the earth after winter.Carvings of Green Men can often be seen in churches, usually in the form of faces with branches and vines sprouting from nose and mouth.


Magic in trees

The Magic of Trees

Stukeleys DruidIn Britain, the Druids worshipped such trees as the oak and the rowan and attributed great power to them. When people touch wood to ward off misfortune, this comes from the times when guardian spirits were supposed to live in trees. Touching the tree was a mark of respect to the spirit, as well as a plea for good fortune.

Woodland Gallery

In woodland places 2

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18 responses

  1. Wow just stunning Nigel and interesting folklore. Your woodlands are beautiful and you’ve really captured that in your photos πŸ™‚

    March 11, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    • Hello Norma πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , that’s a great comment and very welcome – I am very pleased you like this post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      • I love the green trees and I sure would love to walk through it. Maybe some day eh? πŸ™‚

        March 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    • You would be more than welcome to πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      I know you would love them πŸ™‚

      March 11, 2014 at 12:23 pm

  2. Dea-fhortΓΊn mΓ³r Is mian liom ar do shon Nigel.

    Álainn blog post-agus grianghrafadóireacht.

    Go raibh maith agat.

    March 11, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    • Hello πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      And great fortune and everything you wish for back to yourself πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ !!!!!

      Thank you !!! and I am very pleased that you enjoyed the post and images.

      Wonderful comment πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

  3. I see his face in the moss…………..

    Terrific images, Nigel!

    March 11, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you and yes I see him to !!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 11, 2014 at 9:32 pm

  4. Reblogged this on Lavender Turquois.

    March 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm

  5. Audible gasp! Beautiful post Nigel! : )))

    March 12, 2014 at 3:11 am

    • Hello Anne πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚ :), very pleased that you liked this post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm

  6. poppytump

    Lovely lovely post Nigel . Love the details and freshness in your pictures ,

    March 12, 2014 at 9:39 am

    • Hello Poppy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , wonderful feedback and I am very pleased you like the post πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm

  7. west517


    March 13, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    • Hello πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , Very pleased that you like this post so much !!!!!

      March 14, 2014 at 1:15 pm

  8. Most excellent tree shots!

    March 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    • Hello Elen πŸ™‚

      Thank you , very pleased that you like them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 14, 2014 at 1:20 pm

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