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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.

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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.

By adamg - 8/8/22 - 5:10 pm
Snail shells in the mud

A couple of Chinese mystery snail shells.

Walk out onto what used to be the middle of the Charles River at Millennium Park these days and you'll see not just sand and mud and land plants growing everywhere, but the shells of what our local wildlife photographer Mary Ellen says are Chinese mystery snails. Read more.

By adamg - 8/8/22 - 11:25 am
Four Ospreys over Boston

Aegon Targaryen VI videoed the flight of the V-22 Ospreys down and over the Charles shortly after 11 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 8/7/22 - 5:54 pm
Dragonfly at Witness Post in Dedham

The Army Corps of Engineers maintains a "witness post" at the dam that diverts some of the Charles River into the Mother Brook in Dedham. It's probably related to the little metal tube next to the post, from which the corps probably can easily draw out some water for tests, but we'd prefer to think it's a place to see things we don't usually see.

By adamg - 8/6/22 - 10:51 am
Charles River at Millennium Park this morning

The Charles River at Millennium Park is still really shallow, but after yesterday's rain, it's a bit wider than it was last week, as Mary Ellen shows us.

By adamg - 8/5/22 - 12:58 pm
Frog

Mary Ellen spotted this frog just hanging out in Cow Island Pond, the part of the Charles River along Rivermoor Street in West Roxbury, where there's a bit more water than in the largely dry stretch just downstream along Millennium Park.

By adamg - 8/1/22 - 1:48 pm
Beaver along the Charles River

It's got to be frustrating to be a Millennium Park beaver these days: There's just not enough water to dam up along the Charles, but especially in Sawmill Brook, which no longer empties into the Charles because it no longer flows. This morning, Mary Ellen spotted this once eager beaver forced to waddle across mud and what's left of the water.

Update: Mary Ellen posted video showing that the little guy was able to get a bit of a swim in.

By adamg - 7/31/22 - 2:29 pm
Wading through the Charles River

Gio Valencia watched a couple of kayakers walking their craft down the deepest part of the Charles River by Millennium Park in West Roxbury. The river's normally pretty shallow in that stretch, but the current drought has reduced it to a shallow creek there.

By adamg - 7/29/22 - 4:07 pm
Where the Charles River used to be

All that brown is normally river bottom. See it larger.

The level of the Charles River where Millennium Park in West Roxbury meets Cutler Park in Dedham and Needham is now so low that somebody who doesn't mind getting their calves wet - and maybe sinking into some mud - could easily wade across at its narrowest points. Read more.

By adamg - 7/12/22 - 9:15 am

GBH surveys the battle between Native Americans, conservationists and people who want to save some money and people who say the South Natick Dam is the only scenic thing about the damn river in their town and so well worth the extra money it would cost to repair.

By adamg - 7/9/22 - 9:57 am
Deer enjoying the shoots

Mary Ellen captured a deer enjoying some choice foliage along the Charles River in West Roxbury the other day. No doubt the doe would give it four hooves.

By adamg - 7/6/22 - 10:30 pm
Big bloom atop Millennium Park in West Roxbury

There's a fair amount of Queen Anne's Lace along the top of Millennium Park in West Roxbury, but this one, overlooking the marshes that lead to the Charles River, was by far the largest of them all.

By adamg - 7/4/22 - 10:33 am
Deer and fawn at the Charles River

Mary Ellen spotted this deer and her fawn along the Charles River in West Roxbury this morning.

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