Whether you’re a seasoned pro or you just got your first camera, a trip down a Michigan nature trail can provide some great inspiration for your keen eye. But, what is it about nature that brings out a person’s creative side? Maybe the fresh air gives us a clear state of mind with which to imagine. Maybe the scenery is different from what we’re used to seeing in our daily lives. Maybe it’s both. So, grab your camera and give one of these metro Detroit nature trails a shot!
If you’re looking to snap some great shots of flowers in full bloom, the 122 acres of forestry at the Dexter-Huron Metropark is where you should be. You’ll find purple cresses, false rue anemones and much more.
The Hudson Mills Metropark, also located in Dexter, has a 5.3-mile trail for both hiking and biking. For kids that may not make it through the 5.3-mile trail, there’s the shorter, two-mile Acorn Nature Trail. So, take your kids on a fun day trip and get some great family photos while you’re at it.
For great lakeview shots, you’ll want to hit up Independence Oaks Park in Clarkston. Located in the heart of the park, Crooked Lake is a beautiful lake surrounded by forestry, which makes for fantastic shot potential: perfect for nature photographers of any skill level.
For all you bird-watching photographers out there, Kensington Metropark is home to many of our favorite airborne friends. Songbirds, great blue herons, chickadees, Sandhill cranes, ducks and more populate the Milford park. If you’re trying to get a good shot of them in the air, be sure you have a shutter speed fast enough to get a good photo.
As the only spot on the list with a direct view of the Detroit River, Lake Erie Metropark is the only trail you’ll be able to get shots of the strait that divides two countries. The best part? If you’re a boat buff, getting some shots of the large freighters that run up and down the Detroit River is more than enough reason to grab your camera and make it out this way.