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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.

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.

Scenes From a Late Summer Day in the Park

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It was a weekday in late August. The skies were mostly sunny and the temperature was warm. I had ventured into Presque Isle State Park near Erie, Pennsylvania, to photograph a pair of lighthouses.

But parks are rich with photo opportunities, particularly human interest images. In the top image, a mother looks back at her youngest son as she paddled with her older son in Lake Erie just off a beach.

She might have told the younger boy to get back on the beach because I soon saw him digging in the sand with his sister.

In the middle photograph, those who have the day off or some time off took advantage of the weather to get in some fishing along this pier on the other side of the park from the beach.

Of course, parks along major bodies of water are sure to present nature scenes that catch your eye.

Such was the case with this driftwood that is piled up along the shore. Perhaps a storm or a rising tide will lift this wood back into the water and it will drift along to another landing spot.

They Jumped Anyway

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There are a number of signs on this pier in Grand Haven, Michigan, warning the public not to swim or jump into the water.

This include an exhibit telling the stories of people who have drowned here because of the swift currents.

In fact, the signs suggest that people not walk out on the pier at all. But short of putting up a high fence, trying to keep people away is a losing cause. Many, including myself, want to walk out to the lighthouse and see the lake and the Lake Michigan shore line.

I was not surprised that these three young boys decided to make the pier into a diving board. Those who entered the water here and did not live to tell about it had also been young males.

They don’t think anything bad is going to happen to them. And most of the time it doesn’t.

The romp in the water that these boys had did not end in tragedy. Most of those who swim here come out of the water alive.

You can only warn people so many times about the dangers that may not be apparent. But as the exhibit at the entrance to pier warns, not everyone has made it back.