What might you find in a downtown church courtyard?
My guest photographer and I took a walk in downtown Binghamton, New York late last week.
Binghamton is a small city of about 47,000 people. But, at one time (back in the 1950's) its population peaked at about 85,000. Now, looking around, it's hard to imagine that. People who grew up here (I moved about 30 years ago) tell me the streets of downtown were once packed with people on shopping holidays.
Now, when I walk down Chenango Street on weekday mornings, it is almost deserted.
There are a number of historic churches within easy walking distance of downtown, or in downtown itself. The courtyard we are about to visit belongs to the United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton on 42 Chenango Street. (One day, I may post some interior pictures I took during an open house).
There were flowering trees and trees in bloom, as you might expect.
Cornus kousa, was finishing up. To show you what they look like at peak, here is a picture of another one taken June 10. These trees have become quite popular in our area.
But we weren't finished.
That stretch of Chenango Street (actually, a lot of Chenango Street) has seen better days (as has most of this area). Up to now, I've not spent much time on some of the challenges the part of upstate New York that I love so much faces, but I think it's about time to explore that with my readers. So I am putting that on the list of future blog posts, in hopes that Binghamton will one day bloom again.
What is blooming in your area today?