I recently learned about the Belle Isle Ice Tree at the Detroit Moxie blog. Despite living in Detroit for years I had never heard about it. Apparently it is tradition where the city stacks discarded Christmas trees, runs a pipe through them and turns on the water to spray like a sprinkler. Then add Detroit style frigid temperatures, and voila you have the famed Belle Isle Ice Tree!
It's a Family Affair
|Belle Isle Ice Tree|
A Photo Op for Sure
Besides shooting the video I snapped some photos and have added them to the DVD Flickr page. Of course I wasn't the only one out there taking pictures, and as is the latest trend many people were simply snapping photos with their camera phones. It was definitely a good vibe as families shot pics of their kids, hustled them into the car, to be replaced by the next round of visitors. The tree isn't too far from the bridge as one exits the island, and I got the impression beside it being a destination it's also the last stop as people are leaving the island.
The video is a closer view of the ice tree, and it was a little treacherous as I walked on the ice, so keep this in mind if you go take a look. If you find yourself in the neighborhood of Belle Isle, I strongly suggest you check out this man and mother nature made ice art. It's not one of those things you see every day, and those are the ones worthwhile. :)