He appears only at night. And always at the same spot: the caravan park fence opposite Shelly Brooks’ cafe in Port Germein township, South Australia. In fact, Shelly was the first person to see him, in 2000.
“I sort of sat there with my husband opposite me and said, ‘Jesus Christ’, and he said, ‘What’s the matter now?’ and I said, ‘Jesus Christ’,” explained Shelly. When Mr Brooks turned round, he saw Jesus Christ for himself, in a shadow cast on the fence by a streetlight and the branch of a tree.
Local resident Sue Perovic said: “It stands out as plain as the nose on your face. He’s got a crown of thorns and the beard and very, very piercing eyes.”
As hundreds of people booked into the caravan park and waited till dark each night to see the image, the local council, sensing a tourist boom, delayed the annual trimming of the tree casting the shadow.
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Have you ever unexpectedly seen a picture in the shapes made by clouds, or a face in a pattern of dots? Some people have been taken by surprise by glimpsing the face of Jesus in wood grain, or a snowy field, or shadows.
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Compiled and written by Simon Jenkins.
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