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By adamg - 2/10/21 - 11:48 pm
Black duck on Jamaica Pond

Almost all of Jamaica Pond was covered with ice and snow today. Only a small area near where a tunnel empties into the northern end of the pond remained open. Read more.

By adamg - 1/31/21 - 8:24 pm
Two swans face off on Jamaica Pond

Mary Ellen watched a couple of swans try to show each other who was King of Jamaica Pond today.

By adamg - 1/13/21 - 9:35 am
Hooded mergansers on Jamaica Pond

Mary Ellen spotted this pair of hooded mergansers (the male is the one using the bold splash of white) on Jamaica Pond yesterday.

By adamg - 1/11/21 - 9:02 am
Sunrise over Jamaica Pond

Mary Ellen captured the first rays of the new day at Jamaica Pond this morning.

By adamg - 1/2/21 - 8:07 pm
Orange Fort Hill water tower at sunset

Thebostonlol captured the orange of the setting sun on the old Fort Hill water tower in Roxbury late this afternoon.

The sun also turned the more nondescript Jamaicaway apartment tower orange, as seen from down by the Jamaica Pond boathouse: Read more.

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By adamg - 12/24/20 - 3:49 pm

Michael Spicher watched the JP Honkband perform "Mad World" in the Jamaica Pond gazebo this afternoon: Read more.

By adamg - 12/7/20 - 1:02 pm
Albino squirrel at Jamaica Pond

Mary Ellen journeyed over to Jamaica Pond this morning and promptly spotted its fabled white squirrel - and an eared grebe, which normally doesn't come further east than Illinois (so maybe carried here by the weekend storm?): Read more.

By adamg - 10/16/20 - 10:50 am
Planking the prank bench at Jamaica Pond

Since its installation in 2006, Matthew Hincman's bench near the Jamaica Pond boathouse has perplexed people: What's the proper way to sit on it? Geovanie Radcliffe shows us somebody's finally figured it out.

By adamg - 7/17/20 - 11:58 pm
Comet Neowise as seen from Jamaica Pond

Ed Grzyb got several photos of Comet NEOWISE tonight from the shores of Jamaica Pond. Read more.

By adamg - 7/13/20 - 9:53 pm
Two people fishing at Jamaica Pond at twilight

Mark Smith captured the action at Jamaica Pond late this afternoon.

By adamg - 6/23/20 - 10:02 pm

Parkman Drive is once again open to cars, seeing as how there's no longer any need to provide extra space for walkers and joggers around Jamaica Pond, or something. In any case, DCR said it was removing the barriers tonight.

By adamg - 6/14/20 - 11:39 pm

According to posters in the Jamaica Pond Facebook group, there are now at least two koi in Jamaica Pond, one orange and one white, and that's not a good thing because they can grow fat and sassy, as they eat and uproot underwater plants and contribute to algae blooms through their waste.

By adamg - 4/29/20 - 9:03 am

No, Kristen Johnson isn't a spy with a passcode. She just happened to get to Jamaica Pond early this morning, before the maddening crowds of counter-clockwise joggers, and so spotted a deer out for some foraging: Read more.

By adamg - 4/20/20 - 8:14 pm
Jamaica Pond sunset

Michael Spicher watched the sun go down over Jamaica Pond this evening.

By adamg - 4/11/20 - 6:23 pm
Closed Parkman Drive

Peter Cheung shows us Parkman Drive closed to traffic so that the non-motorized set can have more room to socially distance. DCR shut the road for the weekend and may keep it car-free for the duration of the emergency; they'll make an announcement on Monday.

By adamg - 3/24/20 - 9:56 am
At Jamaica Pond, stay six feet apart and to the left

Councilor O'Malley's proclamation on proper pond etiquette in the time of coronavirus.

City Councilor Matt O'Malley probably thought he was ending all the confusion about how to space walkers and joggers out around Jamaica Pond when he declared the other day that everybody should a) walk around the pond clockwise and b) stay to the left, because, you know this is JP, ain't nobody on the right here. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/20 - 10:46 am

In the Before Times, some people would walk or jog clockwise around Jamaica Pond while others would go counter-clockwise. As long as people didn't keep their heads down, it worked out fine and life was good. But now, with infections concerns at a fever pitch, some folks are wondering: Should people all walk or jog in the same direction, to reduce the odds of getting coughed or sneezed on by somebody coming the other way and increase that social distancing to at least six feet at all times? And if so, which direction?

By adamg - 3/2/20 - 7:32 pm
Eagle at Jamaica Pond

This big bird was sitting in a tree on the Parkman Drive side of Jamaica Pond shortly before 5 p.m. He, or she, attracted quite an audience for a few minutes before deciding to fly away.

By adamg - 2/23/20 - 10:34 pm

It was so warm that a couple people waded into Jamaica Pond - in swimsuits.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 6:03 pm
Black duck at Jamaica Pond

Say, we don't get many black ducks at Jamaica Pond (and at these prices, we can see why, woo hoo!).

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