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Where the Wind Takes Him

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It was rather windy on Lake Michigan at Grand Haven, Michigan, on the day of my visit. That made for good conditions for parakiting.

I watched this guy with his kite as it took him to and fro, back and forth, all over the water not far from the beach. In time he was joined by another skier. Or are they called kiters?

Good Day to Go Sailing

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I was in South Haven, Michigan, to photograph the lighthouse which can be seen to at right at end of a long pier extending out into Lake Michigan.

The lighthouse guards the entrance to the harbor, which is a channel that makes for a good place to watch the boats come and go.

A sailboat is motoring out into the lake and will have plenty of wind in its sails once it unfurls them.

Not Quite Classic Anymore

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The era of building classic lighthouses in America is long past. There is still a need for navigational lights along major waterways, but the lights are mounted on functional poles and other structures.

Such is the case with this light at the entrance to the harbor that leads to Holland, Michigan, from Lake Michigan.

There is a traditional lighthouse on the other side of the harbor entrance that has been nicely maintained. And there is this.

In the background the skies over Lake Michigan are looking threatening and later tonight that light might be a welcome sight for some.

Wade in the Water

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In theory, the public is not supposed to be out on the concrete pier that leads to the lighthouse on Lake Michigan in Grand Haven.

But there is no gate or fence to stop them so hordes of people walk out on the pier, particularly during the summer.

You do so at your own risk. There are no fences, no guardrails and no lifeguards. Swimming and diving is discouraged, but it happens anyway.

This view of a man wading in the water flooding the end of the pier from waves crashing over it shows why visitors must be vigilant.

It feels good to be ankle deep in water, but one slip could lead to a perilous situation.


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Waves are relentless. That might be how rocks or concrete walls on the edge of a lake might describe them.

They come at you continually, wearing you away over time. Somewhere in there is a life lesson about the need to persevere.

This wave is crashing against the end of a concrete pier leading to the lighthouse on Lake Michigan at Grand Haven, Michigan.

Tracks in the Sand of a Cape Cod Beach

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The backstory behind this photograph is, to me, more pleasing in some ways than the image itself.

It was late October 1978 and I was flying to New England to begin the first extended vacation trip I had ever made by myself.

I had worked long enough at my first real job to qualify for vacation time. I had flown into Providence, Rhode Island, the night before, rented a car and the next day drove out to Cape Cod.

I was young and wanted to photograph just about everything I saw that looked interesting, including these tracks in the sand of a beach.

I don’t know where it is or the name of the lighthouse in the background. I look at this image today and wish I had gone down to the lighthouse.

You just don’t know what it is that you are looking at a given moment that years later you will wish you had done more to capture or experience.

Written by csanders429

June 2, 2017 at 6:59 am

Catching More Than Fish

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The tug on ¬†your line sends your heart racing. You’ve got a bite and you get up and start to reel it in.

Will this be that prize catch you can brag about later and enjoy putting in the frying pan?

That might have gone through the mind of this guy. But as he pulled in his line, he found he had caught more than a fish. He also had some vegetation, quite a lot of it in fact.

There does appear to be a fish on the end of that line, but it doesn’t look like a large one. No much of fish story to tell here.

Written by csanders429

May 15, 2017 at 6:07 am