Charles River

By - 11/7/15 - 7:39 pm
Rescuing two people from a car in the Charles River

Divers at the scene. Photo by Kelli O'Hara.

Updated Sunday a.m. with latest State Police info.

State Police report a driver from North Smithfield, RI ran a red light at Leverett Circle, sideswiped a car, then crashed through a fence and into the Charles River, killing himself and his passenger.
Read more.

By - 11/5/15 - 6:06 pm
Santa Clauses in a speedboat at the Back Bay Esplanade

Katia was on the Esplanade this evening when three Santas in a camo gun boat came roaring by. Nobody better mess with Santas in speedboats.

By - 11/2/15 - 6:27 am
Plane over Zakim Bridge in Boston

Nick Cosky was taking a long-exposure photo of the Zakim from North Point Park in Cambridge when a plane flew by last night.

By - 10/17/15 - 10:59 pm
Head of the Charles Regatta in the Charles River

Troublewithtribbles was among the thousands who lined the Charles today for the annual Head of the Charles Regatta.

Copyright Troublewithtribbles. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 10/17/15 - 7:53 am
Quiet Charles River before the Head of the Charles Regatta

Tamas K-L got to the Head of the Charles finish line this morning before the regatta started.

By - 10/12/15 - 7:49 pm

The man, who appeared to be in his 40s, had no identification on him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports, adding his body was recovered on the Boston side of the river.

A preliminary examination of the body did not reveal an obvious cause of death; the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will attempt to determine the cause and manner of his death.

By - 9/26/15 - 6:11 pm
Pickup truck driving down the Charles River

Bettlebrox spotted this novel craft in the Charles today:

It wasn't very fast, I passed it while cycling along the river and I last I saw of it was when it went under Harvard Bridge (Mass Ave Bridge)

Posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 9/26/15 - 1:54 pm
Heron at the Watertown Dam

In addition to the usual ducks and geese, a heron patrolled the water just beneath the Watertown Dam today. Mostly, he quietly stood on some rocks under some brush on one side of the dam. He did take one leisurely stroll from his post to the other side of the river, attracting the eye of little kids and a couple of photographers, but finding no fish and seemingly getting annoyed by all the attention, retreated to his semi-hidden spot.

By - 9/2/15 - 8:59 am
A crew rowing on the Charles River at sunrise

Shannon Dooling captured a moment on the Charles River this morning.

By - 9/1/15 - 11:35 am
Gondola by the Back Bay Esplanade

Brad Kelly photographed a bucolic gondola scene by the Esplanade the other day.

Copyright Brad Kelly. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 8/17/15 - 11:54 pm
Millennium Tower

The new Millennium Tower building where Filene's used to be in Downtown Crossing already seems to be the tallest building downtown - and will get taller still. And, at least until it gets closer to completion, the construction lights make it the brightest building downtown.

Daytime view from the ground.

By - 8/13/15 - 7:16 pm
Swimming in the Charles River

The Charles River Watershed Association reports the Charles from the Weld boathouse to the dam now has high enough levels of toxic cyanobacteria to post warnings against coming into contact with river water - and that means no swimming, fishing or falling in the river. That goes double for dogs, who could pick up toxic residue in walks on the river banks and then lick it off their fur. Read more.

By - 8/10/15 - 9:20 am
Man blowing bubbles on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston

JB Parrett watched a man blowing bubbles on the Esplanade at sunset yesterday.

By - 7/29/15 - 4:07 pm

The Boston Fire Department reports State Police recovered the body of a man who jumped into the Charles behind the Museum of Science around 3:15 p.m. and then never came up.