Upstate in Autumn

First, full disclosure that these photos were all taken in the autumn last year, not this year. 🙂 Since I didn’t post them right away last year — too busy with family and personal health stuff, plus chronicling the fires around my home out west — I decided I’d post them as the autumn months returned, this year. In this post are many photos taken in and around Syracuse and Skaneateles, in the northern region of New York State known as the “Finger Lakes.” You’ll also see a few photos taken as I walked around Binghamton, in central-southern New York State at the confluence of the Susquehanna River with its lesser-known tributary, the Chenango. I imagine Binghamton was an important manufacturing town and transit hub in earlier eras, although I admit I do not know its history in any detail. I went to Syracuse for an excellent seminar at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School; and I passed through Binghamton with extra time awaiting a connection, during the bus journey from Syracuse back to visit my mom in Northern New Jersey. It’s certainly true that Syracuse is a lovely city whose past – a key city on the all-important (in the 1800s) Erie Canal – was more economically robust than its present. Those seeking explanations to my homeland’s current highly-divided political climate might well find some explanations in such towns as these, and the changes in economic models represented by a former Erie-Canal hub town as compared to, say, Silicon Valley where there are many ideas but very little actual manufacturing. For what it’s worth.

You’ll notice I was particularly taken with vistas of lovely Lake Skaneateles and the village of the same name, situated at the northern end of this long beautiful “finger lake.” Enjoy!

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4 responses

  1. Maria

    It’s l lovely to renew these pics just as we’re getting back to this time of year! You sure got around!
    One correction, though: we in upstate call it “Skaneateles Lake.”

    September 29, 2018 at 12:20

    • Thanks for the fast reply and close read, Maria :-). Always a pleasure to know I’ve got readers…now I need to decide if I edit my error, or leave the dialogue so folks understand :-). Hope you’re well!

      September 29, 2018 at 12:30

  2. Hi again Paul–these are really nice. I had forgotten how wonderful the Finger Lakes region is. There are really some things to be said for upstate New York, aren’t there?

    October 10, 2018 at 06:06

    • You rock, bro…my most reliable reader and commentator, and always with such nice things to say :-).

      October 10, 2018 at 09:05

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