Outdoors Posts

Ghosts of the French River

This summer Erin Renee and I released a video trilogy of a collaboration at  the French River. Here is the final, fourth installment, a coda if you will, just in time for Halloween.

Here are the other individual segments, parts one, two, and three, and here is the photo album.

Below is a compilation of all four videos back-to-back for ease of viewing.

FYI Erin is one of the Duluth Dolls and will be performing with them Halloween night at the Red Herring Lounge.

Landscape footage of Jay Cooke and Amnicon Falls state parks

http://vimeo.com/108725589

Video and music by Dave Dueck.

Aerial Tour of Fall on the North Shore of Lake Superior

https://vimeo.com/108527690

Aerial Footage by Liftoff Aerials. Music by Sarah Krueger.

Fall Colors on the Brule River at Judge C. R. Magney State Park

Brule River at C. R. Magney State Park

Agate Hunter 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a73dHeHH_b4

Footage from July or August. I tried to edit out the fart noise @ 1:00 but gave up. It is air escaping from the camera pole I swear.

Part one here.

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Brule River by air and underwater

http://vimeo.com/106223469

Go Pro video with P2 Drone by Sam Alvar of Seaquest Productions.

Found Atlantean Artifact

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3JjX69IA-w

Found Anthropological Artifacts from a Summer Beach Culture of Leisure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-4izE9azZw

What strange, rock-skipping culture of leisure inhabits these Duluthian shorelines in the Lake Superior summers? This is a brief survey of structures and artifacts discovered in my anthropological investigations of 2013-2014.

Getting to Fall Fest

Saturday, September 20th is the date for the 30th annual Fall Fest in Chester Park. Rain Date is Sunday the 21st. With construction happening right outside the park entrance, getting to Fall Fest will be a little different this year.

Chester-Bowl-Road-Map

Click the map to see it larger.

If you’re not walking to Chester Bowl that day, everyone is strongly encouraged to park and take the free shuttle buses from UMD’s Lot B, next to the Administration building, at College & University. (See map) Road and bridge repairs continue immediately west of the Chester Bowl Park entrance thereby limiting access to just the eastern entrance. Pedestrians can enter from the east side, but Skyline Parkway will also be closed to cars from the east starting at Kent Road on the day of the event. Parking is prohibited along Skyline Parkway after Kent Road.

PDD will be at Fall Fest again this year in our luxurious canopy, giving away stickers, selling t-shirts, and whatever other shenanigans we devise between now and next Saturday. Look for us next to the playground.

Freediving for Agates

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9VZ_whAKeM

August of this summer. This beach slopes off sharply just past the surf to like a 45 degree angle, so swimming out in a succession of dives quickly takes you deeper. Max in this video 15 feet? Not far from shore at all, undisclosed location. The dolphin-y noise @ 19 secs is air escaping from the camera pole. The mechanical drone in the background is an ore boat a couple/few miles away in the shipping lanes, which can also be heard in the first couple minutes of my recent vid Diving Among the Boulders and What I Found There.

Quick Change

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBbjTjR6OOQ

A la 1970s Wonder Woman.

Wildlife News

Some updates from Wildwoods Rehabilitation:

There are three window-strike bird victims in residence — a northern flicker, a juvenile cedar waxwing, and a flycatcher. The flicker came in with a spinal bruise, and was unable to use his legs for several days. Fortunately, he’s made a full recovery after rest and anti-swelling meds, and is ready for release. In the meantime, he’s been pigging out on the mealworms, and has plumped out, just in time for migration, when he’ll need the energy!

Hey, sometimes a mushroom is just a mushroom

nubber

Diving the Breakwater Wall Ruins, 9/6/14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gF8CNHx3Eo

Duluth’s outer harbor, between the Vietnam Memorial and the red buoy, hides the submerged ruins of a hundred-plus-year-old wall (essentially stacked wooden cribbing filled with rocks) that predates the lift bridge and the canal. This is what they used to park ships behind for safe harbor — before its destruction in a gale. Been waiting to return here since last summer, finally got my window. Tried early in the day but the water was too cold. So I spent the day on Park Point beach, then hit it on my way back — water had warmed several degrees. Sun was going down so I had to act quickly. Similar imagery may be seen in my video of last year, “Freediving the Ruins of Duluth’s Outer Harbor.”

This current video represents going farther from shore (maybe halfway to the buoy?), and deeper than before (up to 15 feet or so as opposed to ~10). Next year maybe I will dive the buoy chain to the bottom (30 feet). It would have been nice to do this series of dives when I was fresher earlier in the day with more direct overhead sunlight (the water was clearer too), but it was simply too cold. By the time I got to it, I had walked several miles, was hungry, and had been given a beer and a couple slugs of wine (don’t ask). So I wasn’t as hardcore as I wanted to be — had to swim out far, then deep too, without benefit of a raft or anything, so I was pooped and not willing to risk any further depth. Next time!

Diving Among the Boulders and What I Found There

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrQibiicQSI

A series of dives one afternoon exploring a field of boulders.