Thursday, September 19, 2013

Rainy Sunday in Holland, Michigan

Last Sunday I drove my parents, sister, brother-in-law, and Junior up to Holland to visit with Grandpa and Grandma. After a bit we went off with my aunt to gather up cousins and head to Ottawa Beach. It was cold our last visit. This year it was cold and rainy.

Fall is definitely in the air, and while it makes me happy to break out the sweaters and start cooking and baking more, it's also rather intimidating with everything that needs to be done. The citrus trees really shouldn't be out when it's dipping to the low 40's night after night, and I'm not quite sure where they will live this year.

Rainy or not, a day away from it all was very nice.

Gloomy, gloomy, gloomy.

Looking back from the north breakwater towards Big Red, the Holland Harbor Light.
Built in 1907, it sits on the channel connecting Lake Michigan to Lake Macatawa. 
It may have been rainy...

but you can always chase seagulls! Cousin Will led the charge as Junior followed.

The horizon was completely blurred by the rain and fog.
Exploring the boulders on the breakwater.

A cormorant perched on a rock. Michigan leads the Great Lake states in control of this bird. Once listed on the endangered species list, the Double Crested Cormorant's numbers exploded several years ago and were having a negative effect on the fish species as well as their own shoreline environment.
Something new to the view this year is this giant cottage going up on the bluffs right near Ottawa Beach. It is being built by the heir to the Amway fortune, and is replacing the old cottage owned by his father. At $3.6 million I'm not sure you call that a "cottage" anymore (unless, of course, you are in Newport, Rhode Island).