On my list of things to do for quite some time was head over to Michigan to shoot some images of the lighthouses of their Western shore. I didn’t have any other real reason for wanting to do it except, “Why not?”
So, last week I made my way along I-94 from Chicago and aimed for St. Joseph, Michigan to shoot the North Pier Lighthouse. Having never been there, and only seeing a handful of other images, I wasn’t really sure what I’d stumble upon. (Most lighthouse pictures only shoot away from shore.)
Arriving in Benton Harbor, I realized I was on the opposite side of the river from where I wanted to be. After paying the $8.00 for parking, I drove around to the other side of the river and defiantly marched from my car to the shore — avoiding the $5.00 fee for parking in that town.
Several years ago, a co-worker and I were discussing our “hidden gifts.” All of us had them. His was getting a parking spot DIRECTLY in front of where he needed to be. This discussion took place in Washington D.C., and he had driven around to all of the major sights and scored a fine spot on the street in front each monument. My “hidden gift?” I’ll travel to the other side of the world and show up to find scaffolding. (One of my favorite images from Cambodia is of the sun rising behind Angkor Wat. The reason the temple is silhouetted, is you’d see nothing but scaffolding in front of the icon.)
I felt my trip to Michigan was falling into the same category. As I arrived, I found two massive barges anchored a few yards from the lighthouse, apparently dredging the river.
I know the dredging needs to be done, but damn, after driving a couple of hours to shoot the sun setting behind the lighthouse, it would have been nice to know the barges would be there.