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By adamg - 4/27/22 - 1:56 pm
Mural in moss at Jamaica Pond boathouse

The Mayor's Mural Crew's usual medium is paint on cement, but to honor Frederick Law Olmsted's 200th birthday, it turned to a material he probably knew well: Moss.

The crew outfitted the gazebo at Jamaica Pond with something he wrote: Read more.

By adamg - 4/23/22 - 8:42 pm
Lots of turtles at Jamaica Pond

The turtles were out in force at Jamaica Pond today. In addition to the premium location on the branches near the northern end of the pond, like the guys above, there were turtles along the parkway and even on a bunch of downed branches along Parkman Drive that geese had made their own - until today, at least.

By adamg - 4/1/22 - 1:05 pm
Fog at Jamaica Pond this morning

John Magee walked along Jamaica Pond this morning, before the fog burned off.

By adamg - 1/27/22 - 10:56 am

All the equipment parked at the northern end of Jamaica Pond is so Boston firefighters can do their annual training on how to rescue people who don't listen to them and go out on the ice anyway and then fall in: Read more.

By adamg - 1/26/22 - 1:17 pm
Swan on Jamaica Pond

One of the five swans at Jamaica Pond took a moment to ponder life shortly before sundown yesterday.

By adamg - 1/17/22 - 10:39 am
Eagle eating a seagull on the ice at Jamaica Pllain

Mike Howlett was walking along Jamaica Pond yesterday when he spotted an eagle chowing down on a freshly caught herring gull (see it larger).

Nature's Zeitgeist also captured the brunching, reports: "The crime scene was pretty extensive with lots of white feathers scattered over a wide area on the pond ice."

By adamg - 1/2/22 - 5:08 pm
Dog walking reflections on Jamaica Plain

On the afternoon of New Year's Eve, for about 20 minutes, there was no wind at Jamaica Pond and so it was absolutely still and basically a giant mirror (save near the northern end, where a flotilla of hooded mergansers were busy fishing). Read more.

By adamg - 11/29/21 - 9:26 pm
Red-hooded ducks at Jamaica Pond

Mary Ellen journeyed up to Jamaica Pond today, where, amongst the fresh crop of hooded mergansers, which usually show up there about now, she spotted some redhead ducks, which are not commonly seen in 02130.

Sometimes, the pond also sees ruddy ducks, which, however, do not have red heads.

By adamg - 11/22/21 - 6:24 pm
Sunset matches a Dunkin' Donuts

Michelle spotted a quintessential Massachusetts sunset this evening.

Meanwhile, over at Jamaica Pond: Read more.

By adamg - 11/10/21 - 7:13 pm
Windsurfer on Jamaica Pond

Around 4:45 p.m., a woman who had been pumping up her inflatable surfboard and inflatable sail along the Jamaicaway side of Jamaica Pond put on a wetsuit, then put the board in the water, got on and paddled out aways before standing up and then scudding from one side of the pond to the other, using the handheld sail to direct the board where to go. Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/21 - 2:31 pm
Colorful trees at Jamaica Pond

Still a lot of green late into October, but large trees are beginning to turn.

By adamg - 10/17/21 - 5:58 pm
A coot

There were a couple of coots (no clue if they were old coots) at Jamaica Pond today, with their pigeon-like way of moving around the water: Their heads bobbing back and forth as they moved.

By adamg - 10/11/21 - 9:04 pm
Great blue heron all scrunched up

Late this afternoon at Chez Turtle, where all the turtles at Jamaica Pond seem to hang.

OK, it's a great blue heron just all scrunched up. Later, he flew from one end of the pond to the other and seemed to have both legs and a neck.

By adamg - 10/6/21 - 9:59 pm
Fall comes to Jamaica Pond

Most of the trees are still green, but some of the youngsters have already started getting their leaves ready to drop.

By adamg - 10/3/21 - 11:49 am
Purple flower at Jamaica Pond

There were only three of these purple flowers on the banks of Jamaica Pond yesterday, but zillions of these white flowers: Read more.

By adamg - 9/4/21 - 7:09 pm
Heron preens while turtles watch

A great blue heron preened itself while a couple of turtles watched its every move on Jamaica Pond this afternoon (even more turtles watched from the other side on what is normally the pond's turtle log).

By adamg - 8/9/21 - 10:46 pm
Ducks at Jamaica Pond

A pair of ducks taking a break this afternoon along the shores of Jamaica Pond, which more and more is looking like a giant pot of pea soup as the blue-but-so-far-mostly-green algae keep the pond closed to fishing, boating and dog swimming.

By adamg - 7/31/21 - 11:17 pm
Swan in Jamaica Pond

At first, Jamaica Pond seems fine - you come down the slope from Perkins Street and there's a swan slowly moving across the water.

But then you walk over towards the Jamaicaway/Pond Street side and you see none of the sailboats have sails: Read more.

By adamg - 7/31/21 - 10:38 am

The Boston Public Health Commission reports an explosion of blue-green algae in Jamaica Pond means the water's no longer fine for fishing or for dogs and kids to go in. Read more.

By adamg - 7/17/21 - 5:04 pm
Horseshoe crab at Jamaica Pond

So, as Vostradamus asks, how did one (granted, very dead) wind up on the shore of Jamaica Pond?

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