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Think of the Children!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcKhylIsdpU

The Duluth alligator menace continues unabated as this exclusive footage shows

Far and Away: Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale MooseBroadcast television has been off the air in Duluth since the July 21 storm, so it was easy to miss CBS This Morning‘s feature on Isle Royale National Park. But, that’s why we have an internet.

CBS has tragically blocked embedding of the video in our region, so we can’t post it on this very page, but you can check it our on cbsnews.com.

On tap at Bayfront: a plethora of craft beer

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Duluth’s beeriest festival, All Pints North, is coming up on Saturday. Organized by the Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild, the tasting extravaganza at Bayfront Festival Park will include more than 120 breweries.

All Pints North began in 2012 and has mushroomed each successive year. In 2015, an estimated 3,500 people attended. The beer fest primarily highlights the guild’s roughly 100 members, but some national breweries participate as well.

Bumper crop

Wild blueberries

The wild blueberries are crazy this year. I picked six quarts today and didn’t even make a dent in the patch.

A Ride Through a Field of Daisies

https://vimeo.com/174039770

DaisiesOn the North Shore of Lake Superior near Knife River, Frank Sander rides through a field of daisies with his new bike. Slightly promotional, mostly delightful.

Selective Focus: Moheb Soliman

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This week we stretch the boundaries of Selective Focus — both geographically and conceptually. Moheb Soliman is a poet who will be installing his writing in the form of very official looking signs throughout Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the four other major Great Lakes national parks at trails, vistas, and beaches as part of the National Park Service centennial celebration. Some of the installations are already done and this month he will be finishing up at Isle Royale National Park.

Duluth Gate and Wayfinding Master Plan

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Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Division is in the planning stages of a Gate, Wayfinding and Trail head/Orientation Plan. A public meeting took place in June where the city’s consultants provided five concept designs to be used for park entries, trail heads, information kiosks and historical markers. The city is seeking additional input from the public until July 20 using an online survey, after which a summary of the survey will be provided to the Duluth Parks Commission.

The five concept designs and additional background are online at duluthmn.gov.

Direct link to design options PDF | Direct link to survey tool

Underwater Optics Slideshow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go9faoMBEPc

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

Kids Rolling Things Down a Hill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldSmiVnWW0c

Hillside

The Trio’s Trek to (almost) Canada

https://vimeo.com/173869058

The Trio‘Tis the season for North Shore hiking videos. This one is by Jake Oswald.

Selective Focus: Plein Air Duluth-Paint Du Nord

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Next week the Duluth Art Institute will be hosting its second annual outdoor painting festival, Plein Air Duluth: Paint du Nord, from July 10 – 16, 2016.

“Alluvial”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1pxuGU1Tz0

My contribution to the collaborative “Alluvial” photo project. Brainchild of Duluth artist Tina Fox, two local photographers (Leah Beltz and myself) took photos of her in different natural settings in different seasons. “Nature is my church.”

Three Beach Flips

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNpxKLOgr_A

What is the dawn chorus of birds?

In the West Duluth area we get two choruses — a din of birds sing-talking. It’s annoying. It happens at dawn and also dusk. I am wondering if there is an expert who could tell me what type of bird this might be. I don’t have a recording, but it usually goes something like wa-oh wa-oh wa-oh twitter spike. The song is really varied with each “sentence” or “question.” It happens before the crows start their cawing craziness and the seagulls start piping up.

Video: Summer Solstice Full Strawberry Moon over Lake Superior

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CcX5e_lG5E

Full Strawberry MoonDawn LaPointe of Radiant Spirit Gallery shot Monday evening’s Summer Solstice Full Strawberry Moon over Lake Superior.

“We were delighted when photobombed by the departing M/V American Century, a ‘thousand footer’ which transports iron ore pellets and western coal on the Great Lakes,” the YouTube description notes. “Minutes later the 740′ Whitefish Bay arrived under the same bridge lift.”