I've always had a fascination with piers. Walking out over the ocean, standing above the ocean where it's really deep and wild.... and feeling the ground (pier boardwalk) under my feet slightly moving and swaying is exhilarating. When you go to the end of the pier, you can't hear any sounds back on shore. I feel more connected to the ocean, than the beach. Looking back at the shore, people are small and so far away. I look into the deep dark waters and feel dark hidden power of the currents. As long as you have a $1 ticket, all are allowed on piers, 24/7. It's an interesting place to observe the diversity of people. They're never closed except when a hurricane is coming in. Back on the ground, the infrastructure of the pier; it's legs and under pinnings fascinate me. Looking through reminds me of a cathedral. Once piers are destroyed after a hurricane, many times they are not rebuilt. As a North Carolinian, piers are part of my history and place. Every day on a pier is different, depending on the weather, the season, the people.
Apache Pier, Myrtle Beach, SC: The longest pier on the east coast