FALL COLOR IN DETROIT - DECEMBER 6, 2020
Detroit Is Awesome for Fall Color!
Okay, Detroit may not be the first thought that comes to your mind when you think about where to travel to see fall color in Michigan. However, if you are willing to look, you will find some great areas of color in the metro Detroit area.
Elmwood Cemetery Is Always a Color Destination
One of my favorite places in Detroit to see the fall color is the historic Elmwood Cemetery, the longest running non-denominational cemetery in Michigan. You just can't beat it. Wonderful color if you get there while the color has peaked, and this year, we did that! Sure, cemeteries might not be an obvious choice to see leaves turning their brilliant hues, but think about it. There is a lot of trees and wooded areas in cemeteries. This shot was captured with my Mavic 2 Pro drone. The bottom half is my favorite color area in the cemetery, with the height needed for a glimpse of the Detroit skyline.
This is a 9-image panorama taken with my drone as well.
It is a good idea to get out of your car and walk around when you come across some trees with great color, to see what sort of compositions you can see with the fall color. Here are images I captured this fall season.
Don't Overlook Woodlawn Cemetery
Elmwood Cemetery isn't the only cemetery with great fall color. I've never photographed at the historic Woodlawn Cemetery, which is just a mile from my house! I was pleasantly surprised to see so much fall color here as well.
The mausoleums are architectural marvels, each one is unique, and has a stained glass image in the back. You can spend hours walking around and seeing all of them. This one is my favorite, where CJ Whitney is buried. Here I framed it with brightly colored Gingko tree leaves.
Metro Parks Are Also Great Places to Find Color
Parks are also great places to find fall color, this was my first visit to Wolcott Mills Metropark, on the northeast side near Stoney Creek. I heard there was a mill there, I had no idea there was one so close to me. I took my drone and captured this image, which I photoshopped with textures and warm color to give it an old painting feel.
Fall Color on Abandoned Buildings
And, last but not least, fall color in downtown Detroit. This fall color is thanks to ivy on this abandoned apartment building. The good news is, it appears it's going to be renovated. For years it has been grown over, and impossible to see the details. I can see the architecture now!