Lake Superior Posts

Duluth Autonomous Navy recruiting poster

(Troy Rogers photographed by Richard Narum)

Nautical Milestone for the Duluth Autonomous Navy

Announcing the formation of the Duluth Autonomous Navy, with co-Admirals Jim Richardson and performance artist Troy Rogers aka Robot Rickshaw. We want you. Every time you touch water, it becomes a naval engagement…

I would like to use my newfound powers of the co-admiralty to declare Troy a menace for his recent naval actions (see below), and I hereby issue a call to the new city attorney, who is a personal friend of mine, to charge him with sedition and place him under arrest before he causes an international incident. And then where will you be? I’ll tell you where: you’ll be in a room with the mayor and she’ll be saying, “Will you please just start listening to Jim Richardson, he’s Secretary of the Navy around here and in fact I’m giving him your office.” It’s a funny story, involving as it happens, my secret contact on the police force – another personal friend of mine – and what kind of superhero would I be if I wasn’t cultivating levers of law enforcement power from within the machine, a lot like Batman? I am all up in the Deep State of this chooch town.

Like I was saying, the public might recall the former autonomous-watercraft hijinks of this madman Troy and myself, from our iceberg ride, to going solo with my Flamingo Patrols. Then we were going to have a team-up for the Floaty Flotilla, the weather-sensitive non-event recently canceled at the last minute due to winds above 10mph, albeit blowing toward the Lakewalk – you’d be unlikely to blow out to sea, is the best I can say there. I’d had an irrational hope that the winds would dip below 10mph and perhaps be manageable. But there were whitecaps, and a small craft advisory and everything, so: no way. I found out later someone put in on some kinda floaty, and paddled it a short ways using shovels; I feel horrible and I shouldn’t be surprised these brave citizens didn’t get the message about the last-minute cancellation. So right there I’m like: I gotta quit doing this stuff.

Floaty Flotilla event canceled due to small craft advisory

Hi all. I am canceling the Floaty Flotilla at the last minute because the wind has kicked up enough for a small-craft advisory. Will reschedule for when the water is like glass. Thank you~

Floaty Flotilla


 

Dogs of Lake Superior


 

Twelve photos representing seven dogs and one Great Lake. The past few years, whenever someone’s dog is in the water, I ask if I can take underwater pictures of it. Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t. Here’s the best ones, including three dogs of winter.

King Garbage – “A Garbage Journey” (Official Video)

I directed this debut video for Duluth singer/songwriter King Garbage, aka Eric Lester. The song is “A Garbage Journey” from his EP Raccoon Heart.

PDD Video Lab: 1963 Duluth Footage

For this edition of the PDD Video Lab we’ve once again taken a silent film from Dominic Chione’s archive — this one from 1963 — and paired it with music by Duluth/Superior’s own Jerree Small. The track is “60 Words for Water” from the 2004 album Mobius.

Watch for a nice cameo appearance at the 1:30 mark by the old Sky Room Restaurant at the Buena Vista.

Fish I Have Met

 

In my years of recording every moment in the lake (and the rivers and streams), I have encountered many fish. Here are some highlights.

Lake Superior Gives Us the Cold Shoulder but Warms Our Hearts

In 2019 I celebrated the first day of summer with my grandchildren on a day trip to Two Harbors. This summer COVID-19 could put a damper on our adventures, but we can still day trip down memory lane.

Lake Superior Aquaman: Top 20 Videos

Top 20 list of my Lake Superior Aquaman videos, with commentary, from a billion years of posting at Perfect Duluth Day:

#1.) Official video for the Low song “Gentle.” 2015. My one paying video gig and crowning achievement. Low saw Lake Superior Aquaman footage I posted here and requested I fit it to this song. The imagery is of the collapsed column of Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum/The Icehouse in Duluth’s outer harbor off the Lakewalk.

Duluth You & Me: Lake Superior Maze

Use the link below for a printable PDF for your maze-solving and coloring pleasure.
Duluth You & Me: Lake Superior Maze

Follow the Duluth You & Me subject tag to see additional pages. For background on the book see the original post on the topic.

Lake Superior Aquaman: Top 30 Photos

My favorite captures from a billion years of posting at Perfect Duluth Day. Follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

Lake Superior Aquaman: My 100% True Adventures

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Excerpts from my journals, which tell of my 100% true adventures and discoveries.

Contents

Part 1: The Nightmare Fish

Part 2: The Insane Reptiles

Part 3: It Came from Lake Inferior

Iceberg Ride one year ago today *Do Not Attempt*

Do Not Attempt

Eight winter sunsets over the harbor

Presented in order from my Instagram account @lakesuperioraquaman. These chronicle the freezing over and thawing out of the harbor, from 12/31 to 2/7. Each picture was taken from out behind Vikre Distillery after one Salty Dog.

Upcoming Duluthy Projects

This Duluth Canal Cam screenshot viewed in Austin, Texas suggests a worldwide performance staged here is not only possible, but desirable

1.) The Duluth Canal Cam Dancers and Marching Band. This is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 29, at 4:30 p.m.

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