Autumn 'Leaves of Southwell'
Tiers of glowing Autumnal 'Copper Beech' (Fagus sylvatica) leaves frame a Gothic window at Southwell Minster church in Nottinghamshire.
A fitting combination, as the Minster is celebrated for its remarkable foliate carving, known as 'The Leaves of Southwell'. The Chapter House is a particular tour de force, containing very detailed stone depictions of individually recognizable English native trees, their leaves and fruits, and a wealth of rather Pagan 'Green Man' carvings. I have photographed the carvings on many occasions; images will feature in my 'Gothic Architecture' gallery.
Date taken: 23 October 2010.