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