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Photo(s) of the Week: Amongst the Flowers in Detroit.

While walking along the Detroit RiverWalk in Michigan there sits the iconic GM Renaissance Center (RenCen) amongst the flowers. A beautiful summer morning in Detroit.

Detroit RiverWalk, GM RenCen, Michigan

Detroit RiverWalk, GM RenCen, Michigan

Detroit RiverWalk, GM RenCen, Michigan

Knoxville: Volunteer Landing.

Spending a lot of time on I-75, I’m always passing by Knoxville, Tennessee. A few years back I decided to checkout the riverfront. Knoxville sits along the Tennessee River and I found a place to park around Volunteer Landing, their riverfront park. I immediately saw lot’s of photo and walking/running opportunities.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee

As you walk away from the main parking area you’ll immediately notice Gay Street Bridge. The steel bridge crosses over the Tennessee River to the south side of town. It’s the oldest bridge in the region, completed in 1898.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Gay Street Bridge

I love how the bridge reflects off the water and adds even more green into the view.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Gay Street Bridge, Tennessee River

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Gay Street Bridge, Tennessee River

There are lots of vehicles parked along the river. You don’t see many people outside. Chances are they are at Calhoun’s On The River. They are known for their barbecue and ribs.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Calhoun's on the River

Grab a microbrew and relax on the outside deck along the riverfront.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Calhoun's on the River

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Calhoun's on the River

Lot’s of Tennessee Orange everywhere. They love their Vols. Tennessee is the Volunteer State, named for everyone from Tennessee that volunteered for the War of 1812 and Mexican War.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - University of Tennessee Volunteer's Orange

This shot was taken a few years back heading southwest on the Landing. Directly above is the Hanley Street Bridge also crossing the river into South Knoxville. It was completed in 1931.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee

This shot was taken a few weeks ago. You can see the Henley Street Bridge has no deck. It’s been under construction since 2011 and might take up to three years to completely remake it. Volunteer Landing is currently closed in that area.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Henley Street Bridge - construction

Opposite the Henley Street Bridge and current construction is Neyland Stadium. Its home to the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team. It’s one of the biggest college football stadiums, trailing only Michigan (the University of) and Beaver (Penn State University) Stadiums. It was named after legendary Tennessee coach Robert Neyland. Walk a little further and you can see Thompson–Boling Arena, home to multiple sports teams, most notably the Lady Vols basketball team, winners of eight National Championships.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Neyland Stadium

Walk in the opposite direction heading northeast from Calhoun’s along the river and you’ll wind up in the Treaty of Holston Park. You’ll immediately see the statue below signifying the signing of the Treaty of the Holston in 1791. In fact, as you walk around Volunteer Landing, you’ll also get a history lesson as there are facts about the area spread throughout, a lot of the messaging is on stones.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - Treaty of the Holston statue

As you continue walk northeast you’ll wind up in Bicentennial Park and beyond, as the trail keeps on going and going along the river.

Volunteer Landing - Knoxville, Tennessee - walking trails

I now always stop along the riverfront in Knoxville when passing through. Great scenery and photo opportunities, lot’s of areas to run and walk, lot’s of history and a great place to hangout at Calhoun’s On The River. Any experiences on the Tennessee River? What city riverfronts do you recommend checking out?

Chattanooga’s Coolidge Park.

Looking for a place to relax while in Chattanooga, Tennessee or driving north or south on I-75? Checkout Coolidge Park.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee

It’s in the North Shore neighborhood where you’ll find lot’s of coffeehouses, boutiques and eateries. There is lot’s of open space to layout and chill in the park.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Walnut Street Bridge

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee

It sits right along the Tennessee River opposite downtown. So get some scenic photos or if you’ve got more time take to the river in a kayak or canoe.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee, river launch, Walnut Street Bridge

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Tennessee River, kayak/canoe launch

Several bridges span the River, the most popular being Walnut Street Bridge. Built in 1890, in recent times it was turned into one of the largest pedestrian bridges in the world. It’s a quick and scenic walk between downtown and North Shore and to everything both have to offer.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Walnut Street Bridge

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Walnut Street Bridge

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Walnut Street Bridge

More great views of the Tennessee River. You definitely want to have your camera on hand and ready.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Tennessee River

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Tennessee River

Stay at the Delta Queen Hotel right on the Tennessee River along the park. It’s the last fully operational, overnight passenger steamboat in the United States. The steamboat has spent lots of time cruising the Mississippi River and has a rich history dating back to the 1920’s, when it ran between Sacramento and San Francisco, California. It docked in Chattanooga and was converted into a hotel in 2009. It’s a National Historic Landmark.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Delta Queen Hotel

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Delta Queen Hotel

When walking along the park you’ll surely notice “Blue Boy Pull Toy #1”, the blue rhinoceros sitting on top of a pullable wagon. It’s one of many animal statues/sculptures in the park.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee - Blue Boy Pull Toy #1

Coolidge Park is a popular tourist destination and a place where you’ll find concerts, movies-in-the-park, festivals, and special events throughout the year. There is a hand-carved carousel, pavilion and a fountain for kids to run around in.

Coolidge Park, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Coolidge Park is definitely a park to checkout when in-and-around Chattanooga. What parks have you come across in your travels where you just like to chill and capture the views?

An epic day in Detroit. Part I.

There was something different in the air this past Saturday. It wasn’t a day to sleep in, a day to rest or a day to run errands. It was a day to celebrate what Detroit is all about, contrary to what you hear in various media.

The day started with a photowalk through downtown Detroit. What is a photowalk you ask? From my brief time being a part of Photowalks Detroit it’s a group of people who loves photography, loves exploring and taking pictures of things they find interesting, has fun with the group and in the end all the pictures are put together online to form a story. What a great way to show what downtown Detroit has to offer!
Monroe St., Greektown, Detroit

Passion. What I think helps make this group standout is their passion for Detroit, Michigan and the Midwest. On this afternoon walk, in absolutely perfect weather, you could see it in the faces of everyone, the pride everyone was showing as we walked through the city starting in Greektown at the corner of Monroe St. and St. Antoine St. right outside the Greektown Casino.

We walked down the main drag of Greektown passing by many great restaurants, Pizza Papalis, Pegasus Taverna and Red Smoke Barbeque to name a few. We saw a bride in a horse and carriage and some of the wedding party showing up in a cable car like you would see in San Francisco. We migrated down Monroe St. until we reached the famous Woodward Avenue and Campus Martius Park. There we saw another wedding party having their pictures taken with live music, a fountain, great food, lot’s of greenery and a lot of people just hanging out and having fun.
Spirit of Detroit

Heading towards the riverfront, now on Woodward Ave. we passed by Foran’s Grand Trunk Pub an amazing place to get breakfast and by the Spirit of Detroit. The Spirit of Detroit is a symbol of the Detroit community and you will usually see it decked out in various sports jerseys during playoff time. Passion. It always comes back to that. I think when the jerseys are on the statue, it symbolizes the passion that Detroit has for all of it’s sports teams. This is a main tourist spot and today was no exception.
Hart Plaza, Riverfront Detroit

We reached the end of Woodward Ave. at Jefferson Ave. winding up in Hart Plaza and the Detroit River Walk (riverfront) and guess what another wedding party. Hart Plaza is a place where festivals, relays, sports teams victory celebrations and lots of other events take place. While at the Detroit Riverfront we saw people biking, skating, relaxing on the grass, kids running through sprinklers and lot’s of people taking photographs of both Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada which sits on the other side of the Detroit River. I was definitely in my element with lots of water photo opportunities. We took part in the relaxing on the grass.
Renaissance Center, Detroit River

We walked some of the riverfront to the end of our journey in the Renaissance Center, the most recognizable part of the Detroit skyline. The Renaissance Center is the world headquarters for General Motors. What a photowalk! It was time to grab something to eat.

After grabbing some food at Niki’s Pizza in Greektown (get there if you love square deep dish pizza), it was time to head towards the second part of the epic day, the Epic Tweetup party. What is that? I’ll talk about this great event soon. For a preview checkout the Twitter hashtag #epictweetup and all these great pictures taken by everyone.

Checkout my photos and the story I try to tell from the photowalk. What is happening here? The people, the passion, outdoor activities, the riverfront, great restaurants, historical landmarks, downtown Detroit has something for everyone. It is a place you want to get to.

The hidden gem across the river. Windsor.

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Spending a lot of time in Detroit and along the Detroit River over the years of course I’ve taken a glance at what’s on the other side, usually with curiosity. What’s so special about that you ask? When I’m looking over there I’m not looking at an extension of the city or suburbs or the same state or even the same country. I’m looking at Canada, specifically Windsor, Ontario. It’s pretty amazing to think that another country sits roughly a mile or so away from where you spend a lot of your time.

I’ve crossed the Ambassador Bridge going into Windsor a lot in the past, but it was just a means to get to other destinations: Toronto, Niagara Falls and New York mainly. It was time to explore the city, specifically the riverfront, that sits right on the other side.

With taking lots of photos in mind I had a goal once there, to get a look at Detroit and the area from different vantage points along the riverfront, highlighting all the great parks and gardens Windsor has to offer, while exploring some of the city itself.
Eve's Apple - Odette Sculpture Park - Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Odette Sculpture Park and Dieppe Gardens cover the goal and then some. At Odette Sculpture Park you get the museum feel, you’re in a park, your along the water, the weather is great, what could be better? The park contains sculptures from well known artists from all over the world. My favorite sculptures were the brontosaurus dinosaur, the family of elephants, Morning Flight (birds) and Eve’s Apple.
Dieppe Gardens - Detroit shot from Windsor, Ontario, Canada

I found the best, most unique and absolutely beautiful shots of the Detroit skyline at Dieppe Gardens. Besides the annuals, perennials and other flowers and plants, this garden contains memorials honoring those lost at war. It’s just another part of the Windsor riverfront where you will see people walking, taking photos, biking or just relaxing on the grass.

Of course when I was there, I grabbed some shots of Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino which dominates the skyline and took some photos of the old Boblo Island dock. The memories. I found a great place to grab a bite to eat as well, Papa Cheney’s Whiskey Well. The chili fries are unreal and the front of the bar is open to the outside so you can see the river and Detroit skyline almost in full no matter where you sit. Amazing.

Checkout all of my Detroit skyline photos and other Windsor shots from the riverfront. It might not be another country, but you never know what hidden gems lie right by where you always spend your time. Will definitely be checking out more of downtown Windsor next time.