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Toadflax and Spindletrees

On our Friday walk around Jamaica Pond, we came across both a plant and a tree in flower. The plant, yellow toadfloax (Linaria vulgaris), has a spike of yellow flowers with orange centers.

Orange and yellow toadflax flowers
Yellow toadflax

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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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Birding in the Public Garden

Cold and windy, yesterday was not the best day to visit the Boston Public Garden. But the sky was clear, and visitors were sliding along the ice on the lagoon.

A few birds were out. The usual suspects such as the rock pigeons, starlings, robins, and house sparrows. But I also managed to see a blue jay and this red-tailed hawk.

Soaring red-tailed hawk
A juvenile red-tailed hawk, yet to develop the characteristic red tail-feathers.

The blue jay was flitting about on a weeping willow that had a hole running clear through one of its branches. I wonder what creature made that happen.

A weeping willow branch with a hole in it
Eye of the Willow
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