Welcome to the first installment in my Incredible Detroit series! For this series, I will be sharing my photography and adventures from exploring Detroit. I’m sure that most of what you have heard about Detroit (city and metro) has not exactly been awesome, and your impression may not be of a shining city on the hill. Yes, we have our troubles and struggles, but we also have a rich history and culture, and the spirit of revitalization is almost tangible. Detroit is working it’s way back to days of glory and setting the example of the new “American Dream” with the help of the movers, shakers, and doers who have the fortitude to make their visions of what Detroit could be come to fruition. My hope is that you will see at least a glimpse of something incredible of Detroit through my photos.
For this installment of Incredible Detroit, I am putting the spotlight on Belle Isle. This 982 acre park (bigger than New York’s Central Park) is an island in the Detroit River, which divides Detroit from Windsor, Canada. Renowned designers and architects, such as Frederick Law Olmstead, Albert Kahn, and Cass Gilbert designed parts of the park. Sadly, the park has not been maintained as well and it should have been in the recent economic struggles.
However, Belle Isle is beautiful and is still host to stunning architecture, scenery, and great events. The island features fountains, many beautiful bridges, aquarium, conservatory (with a large, amazing orchid collection), nature center, golf course, pavilions, piers, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, the Detroit Yacht Club, the Detroit Boat Club, sporting fields, and many other interesting things. I haven’t even had time to explore all of the island. Some of the major events include the Detroit Grand Prix and the Orion Music Festival.
Below, you will see a gallery of my photos from some of my time spent wandering about the park. Click on any image to bring up an enlarged gallery of photos you can browse. When you’re done, check out the bottom of the post for a free download of one of the photos for pretty desktop wallpaper! Enjoy!
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