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By adamg - 4/15/24 - 1:50 pm
Snake at Millennium Park

A snake found some old concrete and asphalt chunks a good place to do some sunning at the kayak launch in Millennium Park in West Roxbury this afternoon.

By adamg - 3/24/24 - 8:57 pm
Wilson's snipe along the Charles River

Mary Ellen watched a pair of Wilson's snipes along some fast moving water at Millennium Park in West Roxbury today: Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/24 - 10:11 am

State Police report recovering the body of an 80-year-old Newton man from the Charles River just east of the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge Tuesday morning. Read more.

By adamg - 3/16/24 - 4:54 pm
Bald Eagle perched in a tree on the Esplanade

Out for a stroll along the Esplanade today, Fuad spotted an alert bald eagle perched on a tree near the playground near the Mass. Ave. Bridge.

By adamg - 3/5/24 - 5:04 pm
Muskrat chowing down along the Charles at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen videoed a muskrat enjoying a hearty breakfast of the choicest roots at Millennium Park in West Roxbury this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 3/2/24 - 3:48 pm

The Swellesley Report details how just another Friday night in Wellesley, Needham and Dover turned exciting when police blew up a live mortar some guy doing some magnet fishing found in the Charles River where the three towns meet - after they sent out alerts to residents to not get alarmed when they heard something exploding down by the river.

By adamg - 2/12/24 - 12:51 pm

State Police report divers pulled the body of a man out of the river near the Longfellow about 1:50 p.m. Read more.

By adamg - 2/4/24 - 5:30 pm
Sunset over Boston Common and Charles River

Tony Ursillo watched the sun go down over the Common and the Charles River this evening.

Further upstream, in the ever aptly named Watertown, Pat Miguel Tomaino watched a nice sunset over the Charles as well: Read more.

By adamg - 1/19/24 - 11:36 am
A young bald eagle in a tree in West Roxbury

Mary Ellen spotted a youngish bald eagle (you can tell because his head still isn't completely white) high up in a tree along the Cow Island Pond section of the Charles River on the West Roxbury/Dedham line today.

By adamg - 1/14/24 - 1:43 pm
Long ditch floods into marshland

The Charles, the Needham Line and the Long Ditch overflowing into Cutler Park. See it larger.

Yesterday afternoon, just before the deluge that gave us That Rainbow, the Long Ditch that connects two loops of the Charles at the Dedham/Needham line (dug by the busy-beaver colonial settlers who also gave us the Mother Brook), had overflowed its banks and was flooding the nearby marshes of Cutler Park. As it was designed to do. Read more.

By adamg - 1/10/24 - 3:42 pm
Dark and stormy on the Charles

It was pretty dark and stormy looking over the Charles as our own Ron Newman made his way over the Longfellow around 1:30 p.m.

Earlier though, roving UHub photographer David Fisher captured a rainbow over Jamaica Plain, then a full up Fort Point Channel (on the South Boston side): Read more.

By adamg - 1/8/24 - 8:47 pm
Duck with its butt seemingly on fire

Mary Ellen headed over to Cow Island Pond - the part of the Charles off Rivermoor Road in West Roxbury - around sunset and spotted this merganser with its butt seemingly on fire in the setting sun.

She's just a bird and she's on FIYAH

By adamg - 12/18/23 - 3:19 pm
Rainbow over Cambridge

Did you notice it briefly got lighter for a bit a little after 1? Alisa Bokulich looked out from her office at BU and captured the rainbow that sprang up over Cambridge before it got dark and stormy again.

David Fisher spotted it, too, from his aerie in the Seaport: Read more.

By adamg - 10/20/23 - 11:45 am

Frederick Hewett has lived within a mile of the Charles River for 40 years now:

As you spend more time around Boston, the Charles infuses into your consciousness.

By adamg - 10/8/23 - 1:36 pm
Smoke coming up from below the bridge before it was shut

Smoke coming up from below the bridge before it was shut. Photo by Danny.

The Cambridge Fire Department reports firefighters responded to a homeless encampment underneath the BU Bridge for a fire that sent thick black smoke into the air - and forcing firefighters to back away after multiple propane tanks exploded. Read more.

By adamg - 10/2/23 - 12:12 pm

Guy wants to row a giant pumpkin down the Charles River, but the 1,000-lb. pumpkin he's apparently procured for his Oct. 14 orange ride is just too large to get from the truck to the river without a forklift, so now he's hoping some kind soul with a forklift to spare will help him out in his hour of need. No word on what he's doing (done?) with all the pumpkin guts, what he plans to do once he gets to the locks or whether DCR has said OK, but first things first.

By adamg - 9/1/23 - 8:58 am
Sunrise over the Charles and Boston

Handmaid watched the sunrise over the Charles River, Back Bay and downtown Boston.

By adamg - 8/4/23 - 12:15 pm

Watertown News reports on the proposed boat service.

The tahget mahket: Read more.

By adamg - 7/30/23 - 5:19 pm
Charles River looking downstream from the Millennium Park canoe launch

The Charles River at the Millennium Park canoe launch today looked a bit different from the view on July 29, 2022: Read more.

By adamg - 7/23/23 - 1:37 pm
Berries on the shore of the Charles River

There are plenty of big things to see on a walk on the path along the Charles River at Millennium Park in West Roxbury: Big trees, big sky and a wide river (now that rainfall is back to normal). But look carefully and there are all sorts of interesting little things to see as well. Read more.

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