You could argue that Levens Hall in North West England is unusual in itself – the topiary garden you can glimpse in the background is the oldest in the world, dating back to 1694. But my focus is on the Hat Man in the foreground.
You many have heard of green men, carved from stone that appear on old buildings and have foliage emerging from their ears, noses and mouths. It’s an ancient concept – nobody alive now knows for sure what a green man symbolises. If you’ve not toured the UK as my sweetheart and I have, looking for them, you might think they are rare or unusual. I won’t go so far as to say they’re common – green women are an especial rarity – but topiary Hat Men are even rarer. I only know of this one.
I can read people’s expressions quite well, but I’m not so good with a Hat Man. Those eyes… they’re paying attention, looking directly into the camera lens like any good model, but beyond that, it’s a mystery. Perhaps all Hat Men are enigmatic, like the green ones.
This week’s photo challenge – unusual – is too tempting. I am not sure I’m going to be able to go a whole week without submitting another one. Please take a look at the other submissions if you have chance.