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Spring Walk Around the Pond

We saw a couple birds for the first time this spring on yesterday’s walk around Jamaica Pond. A spotted sandpiper was hopping along the banks, trying to keep its distance from us. When it flew away, it flew low over the water.

Spotted sandpiper by the banks of Jamaica Pond
Spotted sandpiper

We also saw a yellow-rumped warbler. We could easily see the yellow patch under the wing but had to wait until the bird ruffled its feathers for us to see the namesake yellow patch on its back.

Yellow-rumped warbler, sitting still and flashing its rump
Yellow-rumped warbler, flashing its namesake patch on the right.

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Before I Die…

On Washington Street in Roxbury, near Dudley Square, an art installation asks passersby to chalk in the rest of this sentence: “Before I die I want to…”

Before I die art installation

Most of the responses have something to do with education, careers, personal relationships, travel, sex, and drugs — things that revolve around an individual. It made me happy to see that someone had thought of an entire community: “Before I die I want to see ROXBURY THRIVE!”

I want to see ROXBURY THRIVE!

More on the installation from Both Ends of Dudley.

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Peace at the Pond

On this tragic day, when senseless acts of violence have hurt so many, I am grateful for the places of peace in our city. Jamaica Pond is one of those places, an oasis of peace and calm amidst the chaos of the day. We walked its shores, sirens continually wailing along the Jamaica Way as emergency vehicles rushed downtown.

Boathouse and willow
Jamaica Pond boathouse and a willow tree.

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