Details: This poster shows an empty wooden pier pointing into a body of water. Some of the clouds in the sky are pink from the sun rising or setting behind the mountains.
A pier is a raised walkway over water, supported by widely spread piles or pillars. The lighter structure of a pier allows tides and currents to flow almost unhindered, whereas the more solid foundations of a quay or the closely-spaced piles of a wharf can act as breakwaters. Piers can range in size and complexity from a simple lightweight wooden structure to major structures extended over a mile out to sea. Piers are the same as docks.