After six days of rain, I thought that I should get whatever pictures I could of the downtown park before all the flowers fall apart and the volunteers dig up the bulbs to put in the summer plants. I live in a mid-sized town that still has a lovely park in the middle of the downtown area; an old-fashioned village green in the center of town. Kalamazoo County is one of the top three bedding plant industries in the U.S. so our parks are always lovely with flowers.
In between the raindrops, I ran out from work with my camera.
A couple of beautiful, old crabapple trees. The way the trunks twist around fascinate me. In the background, you can see the Civic Theatre Auditorium and the Art Institute in the upper photo and the Methodist Church on the lower. As a part of the village green tradition, different denominations of churches stand side by side all around the park. (note: sometime, I’ll have to do a posting on the lovely old buildings in the downtown area.) The park looks open and airy now, but it used to have a canopy of large trees shading the whole square until a tornado hit the downtown area in 1980, knocking over many of the trees.
A picture of the park after the tornado. You can see all the windows blown out the the ISB Building. I was able to access photos from a website that shows all the damage and destruction.
But I digress…..
More lovely tulips. There are plenty of benches and picnic tables for lunchtime workers to have lunch in the park.
Holland Michigan, which is about 1 1/2 hours away has their big Tulip Time Festival beginning next week. They are celebrating 80 years this year. I do remember reading, when I was in third grade, The Bobbsey Twins in Tulipland, when they visited the tulip festival. The Michigan cities of Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Holland are known as the Dutch triangle, for the large number of Dutch that settled here.
A blooming redbud at another church.
A tunnel of flowering trees facing the street corner towards the Library. It’s kind of romantic, especially when the petals start falling, except for the noise of the traffic driving by.
The weatherman says that we’re experiencing the wetest week in April. Saturday and Sunday will be dry. Something to look forward to.