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By adamg - 3/5/23 - 7:39 pm
Maturing eagle

Mary Ellen spotted this eagle, maybe 3 to 3 1/2 years old, across the Charles from Millennium Park today. Bald eagles go fully "bald" when they're about 4 1/2 years, assuming they don't get poisoned by rodenticide first.

By adamg - 2/7/23 - 9:56 pm
Cone atop the Charles River off the Mass. Ave. bridge

Remember last year when the state used traffic cones to mark off some bike lanes on the Mass. Ave. Bridge and somebody didn't like them and tossed them onto the frozen Charles River? A roving UHub photographer discovered today that some low-energy bike-lane hater tried to replicate that, only gave up after just one cone.

By adamg - 2/5/23 - 4:50 pm
Frieze that is an homage to leather frozen along the Charles River

It'll take more than one day to melt all the ice that formed in our brief sub-zero blast. Along the Charles River in Millennium Park in West Roxbury, a one-time homage to leather from Mechanics Hall (bulldozed to make way for the Pru) remained encased in ice around 3:30 p.m. today.

The ice also snared some tree branches: Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/23 - 3:37 pm
Frozen Charles River

Josh Borrow took a walk along the insta-frozen Charles River this afternoon.

But kids, the National Weather Service reminds you to stay off the ice.

By adamg - 12/17/22 - 5:08 pm
Geese in the Esplanade lagoon

Samuel Maskell watched a flotilla of geese floating along in the Esplanade lagoon.

By adamg - 11/27/22 - 10:32 pm
Man and dog in canoe pass goose in the Charles River in Dedham

Mary Ellen spent some golden-hour time this morning along the Charles in Dedham, where she spotted a man paddling in a canoe with his dog while passing a goose.

By adamg - 11/21/22 - 9:18 am
State troopers on the Charles

Troopers in the search. Photo by Live Boston.

The Cambridge Fire Department and Live Boston report that Boston and Cambridge firefighters and police and state troopers started searching the Charles River at the Anderson Bridge at JFK Street after receiving a report of a person jumping into the water. They were still searching around 7:45 a.m.

By adamg - 11/12/22 - 10:59 am

The Swellesley Report reports the Natick select board has voted to simply remove the aging dam on the Charles River in South Natick rather than trying to repair it.

By adamg - 11/6/22 - 4:20 pm
Viking rowers on the Charles River

Teddy Kokoros spotted some Vikings rowing up the Charles near the Arsenal Street Bridge on the Brighton/Watertown line this afternoon - perhaps on their way to reclaim their ancient lands along the Charles in Weston. Read more.

By adamg - 10/26/22 - 5:35 pm
An apocolyptic looking Boston

BLVCK.machina looked out the window of his office next to the State House around 4 p.m. and spotted an apocalyptic hellscape - and only partially because of the window tinting.

A calmer view further down the Charles: Read more.

By adamg - 10/13/22 - 10:13 am
Flag on the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge

Ladybugs_Leaf spotted these flags placed along the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge today and wondered what they're for.

Adam Balsam posits they're memorials for the bike-lane-marking traffic cones that somebody tossed off the bridge in January.

By adamg - 10/8/22 - 2:07 pm
Dickcissel in West Roxbury

Wandering the moors along the Charles River in West Roxbury, Mary Ellen spied a dickcissel, no doubt debating whether those seeds it's eying are worth risking getting swallowed by a hawk.

Which of course, raises the question of who the bird formerly known as the black-throated bunting so offended in the ornithological world that they renamed it with one of birddom's more ridiculous names. Read more.

By adamg - 9/28/22 - 10:03 pm
A couple of the startup screens on found phones

Look familiar?

In the Lost & Found Cambridge Medford Somerville group on Facebook, Jennifer Abramson reports today: Read more.

By adamg - 9/19/22 - 11:46 am
Great blue heron in the mist

Mary Ellen spotted this great blue heron in the mists along the Charles River in West Roxbury yesterday.

By adamg - 9/17/22 - 8:54 pm
Night across the Charles River

Myron Freeman walked along the Cambridge side of the Charles the other night.

Copyright Myron Freeman. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By adamg - 9/10/22 - 11:39 pm
Charles River at Millennium Park today

Looking downstream from the canoe launch at Millennium Park this afternoon

All that rain at the beginning of the week means the Charles River has now reclaimed all new land that had sprung up along Millennium Park in West Roxbury after months of dry weather.

Compare to the view from that spot on Aug. 26: Read more.

By adamg - 9/9/22 - 9:16 pm
Sunset over the Charles River

Quentin watched the sun go down from the Mass. Ave. Bridge.

Matt Frank watched the moon come up between the supports of the pedestrian bridge at Revere Beach: Read more.

By adamg - 8/27/22 - 7:02 pm
Looking down the Charles River from near the Millennium Park kayak launch today

This was the view down the Charles River at the Millennium Park kayak launch in West Roxbury today.

Here's roughly the same view yesterday, before the afternoon deluge - when you could still walk to the very middle of the riverbed without getting your feet wet - in part via a path made by all the people walking through land plants in what would normally be the river. Read more.

By adamg - 8/20/22 - 9:41 pm
Great blue heron and four black-crowned night herons

The other day along the Charles River in West Roxbury, Mary Ellen spotted a great blue heron and four black-crowned night herons seeming to pose for their first album cover.

By adamg - 8/17/22 - 10:41 pm
Herons and ducks on the Charles River at Millennium Park

In the dawn mist along the Charles River at Millennium Park this morning, Mary Ellen spotted a black crowned night heron, a couple of mallards and a great blue heron.

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