Last Week’s Shoot – York in Spring

Spring Foliage and Doorway with Coat of Arms in the Courtyard at The Kings Manor, University of York, Exhibition Square, York

I managed to fit in a trip to York with the OM-D last week.  It’s a place I’ve photographed many times and I was just looking for a few fresh spring images, so I was surprised to come home with so many new images, including subjects I’d never even seen before!

Beech Tree at The Hospitium in Spring, Museum Gardens, York, Yorkshire, England
Beech Tree at The Hospitium in Spring, Museum Gardens, York, Yorkshire, England

I arrived at the station and walked over Lendal Bridge and into Museum Gardens first, in search of spring blossom and flowers.  The daffodils were dying back but there were plenty of tulips in full bloom.  An old beech tree near the Hospitium building caught my eye as the new leaves looked autumnal rather than spring-like.

Coat of Arms of Charles I over the Entrance to The Kings Manor, University of York, Exhibition Square, York
Coat of Arms of Charles I over the Door at King’s Manor, University of York, Exhibition Square, York

From the gardens I followed the path through to Exhibition Square and discovered that the King’s Manor was open to the public, serving teas in the refectory.  It’s a lovely old building, the city centre location of the University of York, with a restored Coat of Arms of Charles I over the main entrance which I’ve admired from Exhibition Square before but I’d never been inside, so was keen to have a look.

Spring Foliage and Doorway with Coat of Arms in the Courtyard at The Kings Manor, University of York, Exhibition Square, York
Spring Foliage and Doorway with Coat of Arms in the Courtyard at The King’s Manor

The courtyard was splendid, offering a range of architecture including stone built buildings with ornate doorways and red brick with leaded windows.  The fresh spring green leaves on the tree in the courtyard looked lovely against the yellowy stonework.

York Minster Library in the Old Palace, Deans Park, York
York Minster Library in the Old Palace, Dean’s Park, York

From Exhibition Square I had a wander down Petergate to the Minster and eventually found myself behind the cathedral in Dean’s Park, full of lovely trees covered in blossom.  I’ve always liked the Old Palace in the corner of the grounds (now the Minster Library and Archives) so got a few more photographs of this along with the Kohima Memorial (Second World War battle, 1944) and the Minster itself through the trees.

Sundial on College Green and Deansgate, York
Sundial on College Green and Deansgate, York

On nearby College Street I couldn’t help taking more photographs of the gorgeous St Williams College building, but College Green with its sundial looking through to Deansgate beyond seemed to continue the spring theme best.

By the time I got home I found I’d taken 96 photographs – more than I’d expected for such a familiar location, and I processed up over 70 of them!  You can see more of the images on my flickr photostream, starting at The Shambles.

About marksunderland

Mark Sunderland is a landscape and travel photographer based in Yorkshire, England. He supplies licensed images through marksunderland.com - The Source for Images of Yorkshire - and also runs photography workshops in the Yorkshire Dales with Natural Light Workshops.

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