With water levels in Jamaica Pond fairly low, and no recent rain, you can take a look into the culvert that runs from under Perkins Street into the north end of the pond. And what you see is how they built things to last back in the 19th century, when somebody built the culvert for the brook that runs from the smallish Sargent's Pond on the other side of Perkins into Jamaica Pond.
A squirrel that had found what looked like a large wad of dough near Jamaica Pond yesterday scampered up a tree and thought he'd get to eat his prize in peace, only to have a nosy photographer with a zoom lens stand there taking pictures of him.
People were getting their phones out along Centre Street in West Roxbury this evening to take photos of the sunset.
And people everywhere else were looking up as well: Read more.
Firefighters and police are at the north end of Jamaica Pond, where a passerby noticed a body in the water near Perkins and Chestnut streets, around 10:30 a.m. Firefighters quickly retrieved the body; now police are investigating who the man was and how he wound up there. NECN reports police do not suspect foul play.
Levels of a toxic microorganism in Jamaica Pond have receded below dangerous levels, and the city today lifted its ban on any activities that might bring you or your pet into contact with pond water or pond scum. Read more.
There was this large bird sitting at the very top of one of the dead branches poking out from the little island at the north end of Jamaica Pond this afternoon. I thought it was a young bald eagle at first, but folks who actually know what they're talking about (both here and on Facebook) said no, that's an osprey.
Results from Monday testing of Jamaica Pond water show cyanobacteria levels more than three times higher than the maximum considered safe for people and their pets, the Boston Public Health Commission reports. Read more.
The Boston Public Health Commission reports that water samples taken Monday from Jamaica Pond show blue-green algae counts are higher than the amount allowed for water activities by people and pets. Read more.
The Boston Public Health Commission today banned boating and fishing at Jamaica Pond and warned residents to stay away from the water, because of a massive bloom of blue-green algae. The commission says: Read more.
The New England Center for Investigative Reporting reports on stubbornly high mercury levels in fish across the ponds and lakes of New ENgland, including Jamaica Pond:
On Boston’s Jamaica Pond one recent sunny afternoon, Shu Bao Chen of Boston tied bait to a hook as one of his two young girls dangled a fishing pole over the still water. He said he was unaware of the state’s blanket advisory that no children under 12 and no women of childbearing years should eat any fish from freshwater bodies in Massachusetts.
The mayor's office today announced the city is installing sunscreen dispensers at Millennium Park in West Roxbury; Jamaica Pond; Boston Common; Christopher Columbus Park in the North End and East Boston Stadium and Memorial Park.
The dispensers, first proposed by City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury), make Boston "the first major city in the Northeast" to offer free sun protection to residents and visitors. The city Parks and Recreation Department teamed up with the Melanoma Foundation of New England and Make Big Change to install the dispensers.
Call him Ishmael. Michael Silverman reports the presence of a great white fish, at least two feet long, in Jamaica Pond - which, of course, was once circled by a fabled white squirrel.
Alex Jones enjoyed the sunset over Jamaica Pond this evening.
Boston spotted turtles enjoying the sun at Jamaica Pond today.
You'll notice that while he has appropriate footwear on, he's staying well away from the big box o' fish. You may recall that the first time Deval Patrick attended a restocking, he grabbed the biggest fish of them all and promptly got slapped around by the mini-leviathan.
"A nice day for turtles" at Jamaica Pond, DR reports.
From the road, Jamaica Pond still looks very much like a giant field of ice. But get out of the car and walk around and you'll see water around the edges - along with ducks, geese and even the odd fisherman enjoying the new liquid.
On the north side of the pond, a drainage pipe pouring into the pond has created a sort of river that has split the ice from one side of the pond to the other:
A seagull hangs out on the ice, near the "river:"