My friend Mel and I recently met in Grand Haven, Mich., to enjoy coffee. I brought my camera, so we strolled from Washington St. all the way to the end of the pier. Selected (clickable) images from that excursion follow.
This ship supports marine research conducted by Grand Valley State University.
A close-up of the top of the lighthouse, retouched for effect.
This vessel went deep into Lake Michigan on aux power.
A catamaran sits, unattended, on the beach on the north side of the channel.
A tern. Much less common than a gull.
Many die diving into the channel or the lake from the end of the pier.
Some kids were flying a kite on the beach.
A bird’s nest fit for a flock of queens.
Bouy marking the other side of the channel.
A perpetual flame across from the Coast Guard station.
The front side features a heavy concrete structure that looks like a ship’s bow, to break waves headed toward the lighthouse.
Going on duty.
A sight of the end of the pier, from the channel boardwalk.
The top of the little marker at the end of the pier.
It was in the upper 50s and breezy, so the beaches were quiet.
Mel says this sculpture used to be elsewhere.
All photos were shot with my Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 55-300 lens, in auto mode.