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