I had another trip into the forest hunting for trolls, fairies and anomalies. I left a donut as an offering for the fairy folk. Folklore suggests an offering of sweets is a good method to entice the fair folk to reveal themselves. The Fay are called by polite names…the wee people, the good people, so as not to offend them. Calling them hairy ugly “things” will not get results!
It is fun trying to get photos suggestive of the fairy folk, real or not. One may protest…these photos are just a trick of the light on branches and leaves. Perhaps, perhaps not, regardless it’s fun to capture images suggestive of the fantastic. They like to hide so they may not be immediately apparent. The photo above is possibly a hairy ugly troll/bigfoot character crouching down staring back at me. It doesn’t seem to want to be photographed. Too bad…gotcha!
To the side is the legendary Green Man, spirit of the forests. In the past Green Man carvings graced medieval churches and castles. His face combined leaves and branches. With the forests and rural life in decline, the Green Man is not quite what he used to be. The motif, once everywhere, is now as unpopular in architecture as the gargoyle.
Below is a curious picture…a ghost tree branch! At first glance it seems the camera flashed in the gloom of the forest and reflected off a branch. However, I’ve never seen branches glow like this before. Branches are not reflective. Even more curious, this branch seems to be transparent. Look carefully and you can see through it! A ghost tree branch? Do trees have ghosts? I never heard of ghost trees.