Jim Richardson Posts

Floating Dead Rabbit

As seen in “Diving the Condos” video, I found a dead rabbit in a Lake Superior tidepool. Three days later, 200 yards away, I  stumbled upon what must have been the same rabbit, worse for wear…

Canoe Paddle to the Cave with Jeff’s Crazy Dog

Waning days of summer, early September

Diving the Condos, Early September

Duluth has a stretch of Lakewalk with condos plopped down on it. I am used to diving farther up the shore a ways, but took the day to dive in front of the condos to see what was down there. This was early September, a weekend morning, the last truly great dive day of the summer: warm air, warm water, excellent visibility, and blue skies. I spent several hours in the water in a state of bliss. For a while there was the gentlest of currents and I just let it sweep me up the shore. As soon as I got out the weather turned — I had caught the last of these perfect conditions. This is my favorite form of recreation in this northernmost beach town. Here is what I saw. I wasn’t setting any depth records, average depth 10 feet or so but so fulfilling. Thanks for watching.

Cthonic Bedrock and Devonian Boulders

Patrolling Lake Superior’s Cthonic bedrock formations and Devonian boulders. Basaltic rock is dried lava sheets that decay into shelves littered with boulders at the edges. That is what we see here. Max depth 20 feet give or take a couple. Water has been cloudy this year due to rain, but finally cleared up enough here at the end of the summer to get this footage at one of my fave freediving spots.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Deadly Tall Ships Incident


Duluth Alligator Attacks: The Opera

Dead Fish of the Northland

Video compilation of the dead fish I’ve seen.

Low Viz at the Ledges

The consistent rain this summer has made for a cloudy lake. Poor visibility obviates more adventuresome diving than this, so here I am in familiar territory, sticking close to shore in the crenulated shallows of the Ledges.

Stoked Swimming Dog

Duluth Alligator Menace Documentary

Think of the Children!!

The Duluth alligator menace continues unabated as this exclusive footage shows

Duluth Alligator Stew

200 c. flour
100 c. bacon drippings
200 lg. onions
500 lbs. alligator
Season to taste
400 pods garlic
600 beef bouillon cubes
500 qts. Lake Superior water
Fresh parsley
Wild mushrooms

Combine flour and bacon drippings; brown until dark. Add water, onions, garlic, bouillon, and seasoning. Cook for 1 hour. Clean fat from alligator. Cut in bite size pieces. Put in gravy and cook in another hour. Add mushrooms and cook, uncovered, in another 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve over rice. Feeds approx. 85,000.

[Adapted from cooks.com.]

Duluth Alligator Conspiracy #CrookedEmily

Footage sent to the Duluth News-Tribune and leaked here in the wake of Jim Richardson’s disappearance.

Mr. Nice Addresses Duluth Alligator Menace

Underwater Optics Slideshow

Some early underwater photography experiments, Lake Superior 2012. Pictures taken with a Kodak Playsport.