Seeing Things, Saying Things

Musings About Writing, Photography and Teaching

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.

Crash

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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.

We’re Getting Married on the Beach

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They say that nothing is certain in life except death and taxes. Add to that list paperwork. I was on a beach on Lake Michigan near Holland looking to photograph a lighthouse there when I ran across this wedding party.

The vows have been exchanged and the guests are milling around. But before the couple can continue on with their new life together they must sign some paperwork.

Yes, Smokey Does Exist

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As a kid I remember seeing public service announcements on television featuring Smokey the Bear, whose signature line was “only you can prevent forest fires.”

As a young adult with a CB radio, Smokey became known in my mind as a slang term for a police officer, usually a state trooper, who was on the watch for speeding on interstate highways.

The name derived from the fact that troopers usually wore ranger hats similar to the one that Smokey wore.

Last year while visiting a museum in a national park outside Sedona, Arizona, I got to meet Smokey.

Well, actually it was a statute of him that didn’t talk. I wasn’t aware that Smokey was still in use by the park service, but at least here he was.

Written by csanders429

June 30, 2017 at 6:33 am

Protecting Your Right To Sell in a National Park

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I’ve never seen a sign such this one, which is posted in a parking lot for a trailhead/observation point in a national park near Sedona, Arizona.

The First Amendment protects a number of things, but I didn’t know it also shielded from government interference the selling of wares.

No one was doing that on the day I was here, but I think I might know a portion of the backstory as to how this sign got posted.

On occasion in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park I’ve seen a religious group set up a table with materials on it.

I’ve never checked it out and in my experience those who sit behind it do not go out of their way to approach park visitors.

Perhaps that same group is behind the posting of this sign.

Written by csanders429

June 28, 2017 at 7:27 am