The forest in the city

Stony Brook Reservation, where Roslindale, Hyde Park and West Roxbury meet, has some 12 miles of paths through the woods.

Two docks on Turtle Pond let you feel like you're in the North Woods (especially in the fall). No loons, but ducks, geese, frogs and fish (there are also deer in the reservation).

Dock on Turtle Pond in Stony Brook Reservation

The paths wend around numerous hills and dramatic rock outcroppings:

Rock outcropping in Stony Brook Reservation

Yes, that's a fire pit at the bottom of the outcropping. As an urban forest, Stony Brook attracts its share of people doing stuff they probably shouldn't - like leaving large bags of trash in even the deepest of the woods and tagging up the paved path that circles the main part of the reservation - including this tag by somebody you'd think might have outgrown tagging, if he's old enough to remember WCOZ:

WCOZ in Stony Brook Reservation

In the spring, Boston firefighters usually make at least one visit to the forest to put out a brush fire. The fires leave these eerie areas denuded of green ground cover - but as you can see below, the underbrush quickly tries to come back:

Remains of a fire in Stony Brook Reservation

Enneking Parkway, one of the roads that runs through the forest, is named for Walter Enneking, a painter from Hyde Park who convinced Henry Grew - whose estate once included the forest, the golf course and Grew Hill - to bequeath the land to the state.

More trees in Stony Brook Reservation

BPL goes way westa Worcester again for its new president

The Boston Public Library board of trustees today voted to ask Jill Bourne, currently city librarian for San Jose, CA, to fill the vacancy created when Amy Ryan resigned last year.

Bourne had served as head of the 23-branch San Jose system for almost three years. She previously spent almost seven years as deputy city librarian in San Francisco.

In a 2015 profile, the Silicon Valley Business Journal said:

With a focus on knowledge access, public technology, and community learning, she manages a team that is committed to enhancing the relevance and leveraging the value of public libraries in the communities they serve.

In a statement, BPL trustee Chairman Robert Gallery said:

Jill Bourne brings new ideas, innovation, and deep experience in urban libraries to the role - from working as a children’s librarian to managing a library system. The BPL is an important cultural asset in the City of Boston and a vital educational resource for residents of the city and the state, and we look forward to working with Jill to shape the future of this historic institution.

She beat out David Leonard, who had been serving as interim BPL president. He will continue in that role until Bourne starts.

Ryan had come to Boston from Minneapolis.

Coyote attacks small dog in Milton, but the dog - and owner - share some of the blame, police say

UPDATE: Dog was in its own yard when attacked, owner says.

Milton Police report a pet will recover from injuries involved in a tussle with a coyote around 4 a.m.:

We are in a time of year where female coyotes have given birth and are protective of young pups. We do believe the incident this am involved a female coyote. It occurred at about 400 am. The small dog that was bit was off leash and may have chased the coyote which exacerbated the encounter. We do ask once again as always, you need to keep your dog leashed, especially if you let it out at night. The coyotes who do live in Milton move about mostly at night.

At this point , there is no threat to the public.

Greenway to get back in the swing of things

ItalianInBoston was startled last night to notice the swinging seats on the Greenway near the North End were just gone.

Have no fear. The Greenway responds:

The manufacturer is doing maintenance. We'll have a temporary fix shortly and we expect swings back ASAP. has more details, reports it could take weeks or even months to get the swings back.

Citizen complaint of the day: Too many chirps in front of Center Plaza

A concerned citizen complains about the pedestrian crossing where Cambridge Street turns into Tremont downtown:

The walk signal here is chirping birds. The problem is that there are nests of real birds above the Center3Plaza signage. A walker can't differentiate between the chirping signal and the real birds. Someone's gonna get killed here.