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Meltdown at Pier Cove Beach — A Photo Essay

Updated on March 23, 2017
March Meltdown at Pier Cove Beach
March Meltdown at Pier Cove Beach

Lately, I've been torn between two passions; writing and photography. So, naturally, I resolved my dilemma by combining the two and Hubpages offers a perfect format to accomplish that. So after snapping quite a few photos of a quaint Lake Michigan beach five minutes from my home, I followed through with this photo/essay. I've included a brief history as well as a recent development caused by an unusual March snow melt. First, let me just say, I've lived in the area for almost twenty years, but have failed to fully credit this small pocket of the community for its beauty, albeit stopping the car to glimpse at a sunset. All that has changed. Here's hoping you enjoy a story of this cozy Southwestern Michigan beach named Pier Cove!


Lake Michigan snow melt; vantage point south of Pier Cove Creek entrance
Lake Michigan snow melt; vantage point south of Pier Cove Creek entrance

History of a Quaint Michigan Beach Community called Pier Cove

The Southwestern Lake Michigan shoreline forms a long steep curve inland at the point of Pier Cove where a small creek empties into the big lake. In the early 1800’s, Pier Cove's ravines and plateaus bordering the creek flourished with white pine, beech, hemlock and maple trees. By the 1840’s, lumber was in great demand prompting the construction of a steam sawmill and wood shop down stream. The timber there helped support the build-up of Chicago and Milwaukee. Adding to the lumber demands, before the advent of big coal markets, the hardwoods were also used to provide cord woods as the major power source in steam driven vessels navigating on Lake Michigan. The wood shop was later made into a grist mill for grinding both flour and feed which was powered by the small creek. A secondary product in demand was tanbark derived from hemlock used to yield leather. Accordingly, in the 1850’s a tanning mill was also built along the creek turning out fancy leather works.

Two piers were constructed at opposite sides of the creek and the bustling small community hosted a major distribution point! Ships departed daily until the the late 1860’s when the lumber supply began to dwindle from heavy harvesting and then from a major fire in 1871. Soon, competition from a new railroad line through a nearby village surpassed the need for the waterway port. Pier Cove’s prosperity phased out; however, in the 1880's peaches and other fruit became a major shipping commodity and the site revived the village’s economy! Tragically, in 1899 a freeze killed much of the local harvest and shipping was reduced to passenger traffic. By 1919, both piers were destroyed from ice and storms, never to be restored again.

O.C. Simonds, the last owner of the mill and large plot of the creek valley, planted many unusual plants and the area became quite well known by naturalists for its many varieties of trillium. The land currently has been declared a nature and wildlife sanctuary!

Pier Cove Forest Sanctuary
Pier Cove Forest Sanctuary

A Tale of the First Settler

In the 1800’s, before the area was settled by European Americans, Pottawatomie Native Americans were the main people living off the land. At that point in time, fur trading practices had long been established as the local Pottawatomie had always been very friendly and accommodating toward the tradesmen. The very first arrivals to take root and settle down in the area was the Crawford family who witnessed a terrain thick with white pines as far as the eye could see.

One interesting story documented about the new settlers describes how the family toiled to cut down the trees and grub out the land in order to plant their corn, wheat and vegetables. But sometimes they got lost in the forest; even their cow got lost trying to find its way home when it was time to be milked and fed. One particular occasion, a band of Pottawatomie nearby allowed the Crawfords to camp out in their village while they looked for their lost cow! They were fed by the friendly tribe and a kind native american woman even sewed them each a pair of moccasins.

Lake Michigan Ice Shelf in the beginning stages of a melt down; view from Pier Cove's beach bluff
Lake Michigan Ice Shelf in the beginning stages of a melt down; view from Pier Cove's beach bluff

The Meltdown

Amazingly, only a few days before the photo below was taken at Pier Cove's beach on Lake Michigan, the last snow mound standing (shown in the photo) reached over 25 ft high. But it was mostly colored white with a top layer of snow and ice. It was part of the solid ice sheet called the ice shelf which forms over Lake Michigan's shorelines most winters. Also, from that same vantage point, the ice sheet pretty much obliterated the view of the lake water! The day the photo was taken, the last standing big mound was colored brown due to layers of sand underneath exposed by a sudden and unusual early March melt down. Then, by the following day, whatever remained of the ice shelf was practically demolished as a result of the continuing warm spell multiplied by strong winds and waves.

Vantage point from south of Pier Cove Creek entrance
Vantage point from south of Pier Cove Creek entrance
Perspective of ice melt from banks of Pier Cove Creek emptying into Lake Michigan
Perspective of ice melt from banks of Pier Cove Creek emptying into Lake Michigan
Frozen sand sculptures along banks of Pier Cove Creek
Frozen sand sculptures along banks of Pier Cove Creek
Winds of time along Pier Cove Creek banks quickly erased the sand sculptures shown above
Winds of time along Pier Cove Creek banks quickly erased the sand sculptures shown above
March Madness on Lake Michigan
March Madness on Lake Michigan

What Wonders Lying On The Beach

Photographs of rocks often go unappreciated so I've made sure to include a handful in this photo review. For some reason, rocks, shells and fossils are much more accessible for discovery at Pier Cove compared to other beaches in the area, such as the popular tourist site of Oval Beach! It's a phenomenon seen especially in the spring when rivers of melting snow rush by erasing the sand off the many hidden treasures.

Pier Cove Beach on Lake Michigan
Pier Cove Beach on Lake Michigan
Jagged white shell lying on the creek bed of Pier Cove
Jagged white shell lying on the creek bed of Pier Cove
I love the soft appearance of sand smoothed stones! These stood out having been dried by the wind, yet lying on top of  wet soaked sand.
I love the soft appearance of sand smoothed stones! These stood out having been dried by the wind, yet lying on top of wet soaked sand.
There are literally thousands of brown stones on the beaches of Southwest Michigan, but this one is a special treasure!
There are literally thousands of brown stones on the beaches of Southwest Michigan, but this one is a special treasure!
Brown Stones, Septariums and Gray Granite on the beach of Lake Michigan's Pier Cove
Brown Stones, Septariums and Gray Granite on the beach of Lake Michigan's Pier Cove

A Closer View Of Pier Cove Creek

The crystal clear rushing water is a result of melting snow off the steep ravines bordering the creek through Pier Cove Forest Sanctuary. The creek no longer supporting transportation for the former industries is taken over by the ensuing forest.

Pier Cove Forest Sanctuary; photo taken previous summer
Pier Cove Forest Sanctuary; photo taken previous summer
White bubbles reveal the rushing torrent due to the sudden March snow melt.
White bubbles reveal the rushing torrent due to the sudden March snow melt.
SEPTARIUM RED STONES...These are rare stones unique to the area in SW Michigan often found on the beaches and numerous on the creek bed certain times of the year.
SEPTARIUM RED STONES...These are rare stones unique to the area in SW Michigan often found on the beaches and numerous on the creek bed certain times of the year.
Where sand, clay and stones converge at Pier Cove creek bottom
Where sand, clay and stones converge at Pier Cove creek bottom
Rippled sand at Pier Cove creek bottom
Rippled sand at Pier Cove creek bottom
The clear water and ripples of Pier Cove creek are highlighted by the sun
The clear water and ripples of Pier Cove creek are highlighted by the sun

Driftwood

The black and white photo below offers an idea of the erosion along the north side of the creek cliff. It's estimated to be about a 40 foot drop. Just below the mangled roots there is a fallen tree trunk that's suspended across to the opposite bank of the creek. The base of the trunk can just barley be seen in the right-hand bottom corner of the photo. The close-up driftwood photos below entitled "Orange Fungus" and "Peek-a-Boo" were captured from that piece. Also, a large section of the tree's root system dislodged and drifted to the opposite side of the creek. I've captured a few close-ups from that large chunk of "Driftwood Maze" as well!

TAKING ROUTE
TAKING ROUTE
Pier Cove Creek where it comes out the caldesac under the road to the beach
Pier Cove Creek where it comes out the caldesac under the road to the beach
ORANGE FUNGUS DRIFTWOOD
ORANGE FUNGUS DRIFTWOOD
PEEK-A-BOO
PEEK-A-BOO
DRIFTWOOD MAZE
DRIFTWOOD MAZE
FACE IN DRIFTWOOD
FACE IN DRIFTWOOD
RAINBOW DRIFTWOOD
RAINBOW DRIFTWOOD
A BUGS CAVE
A BUGS CAVE

All About Michigan Sunsets

I've been lucky with sunsets. One day while I was literally standing in the shallows of the creek admiring smooth dried rocks lying on the wet sand, two deer came strolling by. One stopped for just a second before she saw me and ran off. But her fawn didn't. I had just enough time to adjust my camera and push the shutter button at the last second. I was in such a hurry and didn't know if I held the camera steady enough to get a clear shot. I'm so pleased it turned out to be a perfect silhouette with a backdrop of glimmering water, sunset colored sky and all!!! I think of it as a good sign for things to come and nature's spirit casting her love light upon me!

Lucky shot at Pier Cove Beach
Lucky shot at Pier Cove Beach
Pier Cove Beach Sunset on Lake Michigan
Pier Cove Beach Sunset on Lake Michigan
Red Cloud Vortex at Pier Cove Beach on Lake Michigan
Red Cloud Vortex at Pier Cove Beach on Lake Michigan

Under the Setting Sun

Sun no longer high in the sky

Past midday on a downward slide


Under the golden radiance

Souls rush to catch a glimpse


And arrest the passing moments

Of the Sun’s intensifying tints


Within body’s yearning to unwind

The splendor inspires soul’s confined


To merge with the miraculous light

Encompassing a love unmatched in this temporary life

Tracks In White Snow: Where do they go?
Tracks In White Snow: Where do they go?

A children's photo story-verse book also inspired by winter's flight, by fossillady . . . aka Kathi L. Mirto

 

© 2011 Kathi

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Beautiful stuff! You're an artist with a camera.

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      Kalyko 6 years ago

      Fabulous photos...thanks for posting.

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great shots, Kathi! What kind of camera did you use?

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      ryancarter 6 years ago from Falkville, Alabama

      Awesome Hub! You are a truly gifted photographer, keep up the good work!

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Will, Kalyko, Cat and Ryan, Thank you all for stopping by and leaving great comments. I really appreciate it!

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      youmeget 6 years ago

      What a talent! Photographer and a poet! I love all the pictures they are so beautiful.

      Beautiful hub.

      youmeget

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...well first of all Lady Kathi - congratulations on receiving 100 followers - and yes you are truly an 'artist' with a camera - wait 'till 'quiet' Doug sees this one. I will definitely be back again to your art galleries of world class photography and poetry ....

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      The creek may probably have played an important part in the founding of Pier Cove.;)

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      William Benner 6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Thank you for telling us about the history of this area, great pictures!

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi You, Thank you for stopping by and leaving a great compliment, Sunset Smiles Upon You

      Epi, my boyfriend...tee hee, thank you for the congrats, yahoooo, and as always your generous comments !!

      Acer, hey babe, you betcha, the woods, lake and especially the creek were the foundations to the community's livilhood. There are no longer community earmarks in the vicinity i.e. post office, stores...only homes and mostly vacation homes of wealthy Chicagoans

      Hello HighVW... nice to meet you, preciate you stopping by and leaving a kind compliment!!

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Kathi, beautiful images and poem. I can feel the wisp of cold off the frost, and hear the waves lapping the shore. Thanks again for sharing.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is very beautiful Kathi. I would love to have some of the septarium red stones to put around my flower garden. Your exquisite skill in photography is amazing. Thank you much for showing us the beauty around the lakes.

      Cheers

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Oh Fossillady, how very Beautiful your Photos are, and your poetry as well, please don't give up your writings...You can't have one without the other! Thanks my talented friend for sharing your camera eye with us!

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      AA, you're a poet with an open soul! Take care friend

      Wow, thank you Ruby, As a matter of fact I have done that with the septariums, we love to collect them!!Smiles

      Hi B., I could never give up my writing, You offered good advise to put the two together! I'm trying! Bless you

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      Tina Julich 6 years ago from Pink

      Beautiful photos.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Absolutely beautiful - Wow I think you are a very talented writer and photographer, the pictures are amazing, the texture, depth, clarity.....Very nice hub!

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hello Tina, Thank you for taking the time to leave a nice compliment!!

      Hi Kath, Thank you sweet lady, that is so nice of you to say and I feel all warm and fuzzy inside! I hope you're doing well!! Smiles

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      I am so very proud of you Kathi - you are building quite an impressive following of lucky and grateful fans - and I can see why - no one else can take photography to this artful level and be able to enhance it at the same time with evocative words and poetry.

      Well my lake of 'Erie' is back - the ice and snow has all gone way for another season but we are due for some winter weather just after midnight - so as Yogi Berra once said - 'It ain't over 'til it's over!'

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you Colin, I am particularly proud of this one and you have reinforced my sense of accomplishment! I'm greatly appreciative!

      I notice your "Lake of Erie" area often has the same weather conditions...we're gearing up for a winter comeback too!

      Hope you have a wonderful day!! Peace and Love

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      These are so magical, how you catch the light, reflections and pure beauty of nature and all it's glory. WOW it's more beautiful than if I were looking at it live. You're very gifted. I love your photo collection and shot at Pier Cove Beach, Thanks for the escape. :) Katie

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      Gigi Thibodeau 6 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful photos!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Unbelievable. This was so amazing and beautiful. Wow... I can't say anything and I can't blink my eyes for a while to see all miracles here. Thanks, my friend. You always impressed me much through your pictures. RATED UP!

      Kathi, I just send you a message through Facebook related with TAX. Finally I got the answer. Thank you very much for always supporting me. God will repay your kindness....amen.

      Love and peace, prasetio

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      KM,(my initials too..hee) It really is a nice escape as you put it Katie, thank you for your welcoming feedback!

      Gigi, hi, nice to meet you, thank you for great compliment!

      Pras,Wow, thank you so much!!! I'm glad you resolved the tax issue...yeah!!

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      What artistic and beautiful photos! You have excellent observation skills and are a very talented photographer. Thank you so much for sharing your art.

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you kind lady, so glad you enjoyed it!!Smiles

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....well I raved about this particular hub to 'quiet' Doug - and I am still (madly) raving about it - myself - which just goes to show that great art will always stand the test of time - and you are a writer/photographer for all time!!!!!

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      Doug Turner Jr. 6 years ago

      A temporary life indeed. Let's enjoy the beaches while we can. Great pics and background info. I really dig your amalgamation of photography and words. Sounds like it's your thing. Rock on.

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi Epi, you can visit any time you like...keep the inspiration coming...haven't seen anything coming through lately of Doug's on the bubble

      Hi Doug, great compliments...thank you...You said it, lately it has been my thing and I continue to rock on discovering more stony delights and fossils too

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      Laura Arne 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Fossillady,

      You have a gift that needs to be shared. Keep on taking those amazing shots. You have me breathless. The beauty is stunning. I love the poem as well. You have it all.............

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Healing Touch, you have made my day with such a lovely comment...I will take your advise and keep clicking away... have a great day!!!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, I don't know what to say! Wow wow wow! how on earth did you manage to take such magnificent photos? each and every one was outstanding! I believe if you put any one of these in a competition they would win, but the deer was just out of this world, I am going to bookmark this and just keep coming back to look, amazing!

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Wow, great comment Nell...I'm thrilled you like the photos! The deer shot was pure luck...I was at the creek trying to capture another shot and two of them came strolling by...one got away from me before I could capture him, but I got Lucky with the other...Yahoo...Good to see you again!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Kathi - Your photos would certainly bring a greater sense of peace and beauty framed on the walls of my home. Your art says so much about you. I love to bring myself to these healing pieces you so magically captured. Each one touches my heart and soul. . . Audrey

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      That is the greatest compliment one could offer me about my photos, that is the desire to have them on the walls of your home! Wow...I'm deeply honored!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      Kathi- once again you paint with your camera - a virtuoso performance! I simply love the meltdown at Pier cove- every shot oozes artistry and is a visual treat. Makes me want to be there, capturing it all with my eye but you've done it all for us. You could blow them up and sell them as prints- many people (including me) would love to have them adorning there walls. What a talent!

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      There you go again, filling my heart with inspiration. For years I put my photography aspirations on hold, life sometimes has other ideas in mind for us. After picking it back up I am passionate about it again! Hubbers like yourself have been encouraging enough that I have displayed my work on Redbubble.com.

      If you're halfway interested in purchasing one of my pieces there's a link below that will lead you to my page! I hope your day is filled with joy, thank you for your encouragement! Kathi

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      SUSIE DUZY 5 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Fabulous pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you Susie!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      .....always love coming back here - I am so proud of you Kathi - this is your legacy as an artist!

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      You seem to have an uncanny ability to know when I need to hear that most! Love ya, Kathi

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      Debby Bruck 5 years ago

      Dear FossilLady ~ Thank you for sharing these incredible photographs. This will be a special treat on my new hubpages. Just for you. Love, Debby

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Aah, thank you sweet lady! It's a special treat having you stop by and leaving me a great compliment! I hope you have a great day! Love, Kathi

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I have the flowers of every kind and most of the year here where I live but seeing this shows there is so much beauty in so many things. You have done a great job. I am still waiting for that one something special I came upon before I ever heard of a digital camera, surely just once more although that was maybe once in a lifetime. I love the water over the brown stones best in yours although they all are fabulous.

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you for you generous comments Jackie. It means a lot to me. I hope you have a wonderful day! Kathi

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      Micky Dee 5 years ago

      Amazingly awesomely beautiful. Incredible! Thank you dear Fossillady.

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      You're welcome Micky Dee Dearest! I hope your Easter is fill with love and joy with family and friends!

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      Ann Horn 5 years ago

      Kathi, your photos of this lovely beach are wonderful. Love the thoroughness with which you are capturing its character... and your narrative adds so much. Often and on for almost a year and a half I have been visiting a friend who is recovering from a catastrophic illness, most recently in Saint Joseph, where he is undergoing rehabilitation. Since I am driving from the Detroit area, I usually stay overnight and spend time exploring the area, in addition to visiting. A Michigander all of my life, I love the Great Lakes.

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hello Ann, good to hear form you on the hub! I was just going through your beautiful photos on FAA today and saw your photo of the St Joe Pier. Pier Cove is about a half hour North of SJ where I grew up and most of my family is still living there! Thank you for your generous compliments! That means a lot to me as I really admire your photography. You are a dear person to drive from Detroit to visit your friend in need! I look forward to more of your photography on FAA! Have a lovely Easter, Kathi

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      ahorseback 5 years ago

      Such an amazing photo collection , so beautifuly put together. You're amazing.....;-]

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you so much Horseback, I really appreciate you kind comment!

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      What a Treat Fossillady, how did I miss this Hub? Your Pictures are Gorgeous, you are so Talented...I also Loved the Poem and that line...In this temporary life. Also enjoyed the History of Michigan and I too have a "Heart Shaped Stone" that I found on the Beach here on the Jersey Shore.

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hello B., I think you might have been on vacation when I submitted this, anyway, I surely do appreciate your wonderful support! I'ts fun to find heart shaped stones, they seem to show up especially along the beaches! Take care

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      Victor Mavedzenge 5 years ago from Oakland, California

      These are really such beautiful photographs. I could sit by that deep blue water all day!

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      lol, I know what you mean...thank you kindly for the great compliment Victor! I hope perhaps you're by blue waters today!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      Hi Kathi - still sending the entire human race your way - lol - hope everything is well with you - I am thinking of you right now with good thoughts and with warm wishes .....9:50 am Friday June 10

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      Kathi 5 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hello Dear Colin, thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it. I think the reason my score hasn't taken a huge dip is cause of all the newbies you're sending my way! It's fun to meet them all! Wish I had more time...I'm thinking of you right now at 10:13 am, same day!

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      Martin johnson 5 years ago

      Wonderful and really interesting history lesson....not to mention the images are superb.

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      Manuel Porras 5 years ago from Germany, Colombia, USA, Panama, Mexico, Spain

      these pictures are very nice but they show a horrible reality of our planet

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      DeltaDawn 5 years ago

      Thank you for your photos and sharing of great poetry. I now live in Tennessee, but came from the shores of Lake Michigan, which I miss more than the loved ones I've left behind.. at least I can call them. My heart melted with the sunsets... and your poem said it all. When I do head home, I make a mad dash for my favorite beach trying to catch the sunset before I commit to all of my loved ones. I actually came across your hub looking for info on the Petoskey stone, which I am doing a presentation on in college.. lol I definitely got sidetracked and enjoyed each read and photo!! Keep up the good work

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      Don Bobbitt 4 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Wow1 A great Writer with a powerful eye for a picture.

      I don't know why I haven't seen your stuff before. I will be reading more.

      Thanks!

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      Kathi 4 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Hi Don, Great to meet you! I'll be over to read some of yours as well! Kathi :O)

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      poetryman6969 21 months ago

      The photos of the melting snow by the lake remind me of photos of salt flats and salt deserts.

      Combined with the water and rock photos you have captured a lot of beauty here. Voted up.

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      Kristen Howe 21 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Kathy, the poem was beautiful as this hub and the photos with it. Just gorgeous. Voted up and away!

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      Julie K Henderson 21 months ago

      The sunset picture is sublime. I also like the picture of the septarium red stones. Voted up.

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      Rebecca Mealey 21 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Amazing! Great info, great photos. I'd like to see the poem at the beginning.

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      Akriti Mattu 21 months ago from Shimla, India

      Awesomeeeeeeeee..voted up

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      Marilyn 21 months ago from Nevada

      Wow, your photos are very nice and provide a lot of visual information about the area, and the effects of weather (snow, and ice in particular). Very well done! I really enjoyed reading about the history of this beach.

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