Photo Contest Voting 2016

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Spider in its elaborately spun web off of Border Path

51 Votes

A garter snake lifts its head and tests the air after emerging from under a rock by Ponkapoag Pond.

41 Votes

An impressionistic image of fall colors at Ponkapoag Pond from the Fisherman’s Beach.

36 Votes

A beautiful view of Ponkapoag Pond from near the cabins on a cloudy day.

32 Votes

A stand of Lady Slippers was found in the vicinity of the Quincy Quarries.

20 Votes

Ponkapoag

15 Votes

Archie the Big Red Horse met a perfect snowman on the beach at Houghton’s Pond.

12 Votes

Houghton’s Pond after the snowstorm.

9 Votes

End of Boardwalk at ponkapoag pond

7 Votes

Fowl Meadow at dusk. Taken from Meadow Road.

6 Votes

This photograph of the fox at Blue Hills Trailside Museum Sanctuary was taken in mid-March of this year.

5 Votes

A beautiful sunset on the Skyline Trail!

5 Votes

It was taken at Ponkapong camp. My dad and I were hiking and I saw this beautiful view so I took this picture.

5 Votes

Like lovers holding hand watching the sunset, these trees seem to be doing just that.

4 Votes

Peaceful morning at Blue Hill Reservoir.

4 Votes

Snow covered trail following Five Corners Path

3 Votes

3/21/16

3 Votes

Little Blue Hill

3 Votes

Photo taken in the Quincy Quarries vicinity.

3 Votes

Tractors in the fog at Brookwood

3 Votes

Three birds perched and flying around a meal near Houghton’s Pond

3 Votes

A beautiful day hiking up to the Observatory.

2 Votes

Hiking Wolcott Trail on a beautiful summer afternoon.

2 Votes

#bluehills #friendsofthebluehills #watchtower #falsinimages

2 Votes

Koda in Ponkapoag Pond

2 Votes

I was so excited to capture this photo as I’ve never seen a Lady Slipper in real life! They are endangered and should not be picked if you are lucky enough to come upon one in the Blue Hills.
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2 Votes

Atop of the Weather Observatory…

2 Votes

My little friend having a walk at Houghton’s Pond.

2 Votes

Red Sky at night; sailors delight. Taken at Ponkapoag

1 Votes

Just beyond the horse bridge on the pond side near the Ponkapoag cabins.

1 Votes

Buck Hill summit

1 Votes

at little blue hill

1 Votes

Taking a break when kayaking on Ponkapoag Pond

1 Votes

Braving the coldest day of the year on the north skyline trail from the trail side museum. Beautiful, sunny and cold in Early February

1 Votes

I Blanket of fresh snow displayed from my high definition drone hovering at 800′ AGL.

1 Votes

Fall foliage at Big Blue.

1 Votes

The title of the photo tells it all.

1 Votes

Arriving before sunrise, I found Ponkapoag Pond shrouded in fog. I was disappointed since I had hoped to catch the developing fall colors. Soon my disappointment turned into excitement as the sun rose above the horizon and started to burn

1 Votes

Turkey Vulture dropping in to visit recovering friends at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum !

1 Votes

Captured this on the Skyline Trail last October! Hope you enjoy!

1 Votes

Burma rd trail

1 Votes

This photograph was taken across from Camp Sayre neat the Egan Center Parking lot looking East.

1 Votes

A nice looking specimen with a pattern that complements the fall foliage.

1 Votes

A chipmunk with his cheeks stuffed with nuts leans on a log. This was taken in the St. Moritz Ponds area.

1 Votes

A pair of bluebirds stakes out a nest box. This shot was taken at the Blue Hills Reservoir.

1 Votes

Ponkapoag Pond

1 Votes

Tree at Ponkapoag; old but standing proud. Sadly, it was removed from the grounds last year

0 Votes

Sunset captured while golfing

0 Votes

Smooth as glass. This image was taken from a helicopter over Ponkapoag Pond. You can see all the way through the Blue Hills to Boston Harbor

0 Votes

Found growing along the border of the Pipe Line Green Dot trail, near the cemetery. Photo taken on 6/25/16.

0 Votes

February 2016: Perfect day for snowshoeing. We couldn’t resist buying new show shoes and hitting the hills. (Wife and dog not pictured).

0 Votes

View from the top

0 Votes

Feb 7 – Border Path, North of Trailside Museum after the snow

0 Votes

Feb 7 – Border Path, North of Trailside Museum after the snow

0 Votes

On the way up Rattlesnake Hill.

0 Votes

TWISTING KNEE PLANK AT BLUE HILL: BUCK HILL

0 Votes

Summit of Buck Hill

0 Votes

Taken from Meadow Road in Hyde Park before dawn.

0 Votes

A squall line passing through the Blue Hills

0 Votes

Parking area by Chickatawbut Overlook

0 Votes

Fenway (my German Shepherd) surveying the view after a hike.

0 Votes

The border path near Bartol path

0 Votes

skyline trail

0 Votes

Bartol Path

0 Votes

Skyline Trail

0 Votes

Nothing beats fall in the Blue Hills

0 Votes

Big Blue

0 Votes

Houghtons Pond

0 Votes

Garter Snake found on Border Path by edge of River

0 Votes

Looking at Houghton’s Pond from Jenna’s Place on a beautiful fall day.

0 Votes

A mirror image of the fall foliage at Houghton’s Pond.

0 Votes

Snowfall on the summit road

0 Votes

In the meadow off of Wolcott Path

0 Votes

Accord Path

0 Votes

Fowl Meadow

0 Votes

Buck Hill is the best place in Boston to see a prairie warbler. Photo was taken in early May.

0 Votes

Male indigo bunting in transition from brown juvenile plumage to full blue coloration; photo taken on Buck Hill in May.

0 Votes

The title of the photo tells it all.
2016 after one of a few snowfalls at The Pond.

0 Votes

Not much snow this year, however the scenery in the Blue Hills Reservation is always breathtaking!

0 Votes

Taken after the February, 2016 snowstorm – – – near Houghton’s Pond.
Soon the real cherry blossoms will appear!

0 Votes

This photo was taken in mid March 2016 in the parking lot of the Eversource Office in Westwood, just off University Avenue.

0 Votes

Incredible fall colours along Unquity Road. Photo taken during Fall 2016.

0 Votes

Photo is of ovenbird, which sings “teacher, teacher, teacher,” and was taken near Buck Hill on the Skyline Trail in May.

0 Votes

Weather observatory open house on the foggiest cold day in May

0 Votes

Taken on the Skyline Trail last October, the Blue Hills are quite amazing!

0 Votes

Ponkapoag pond between 5395 and 5355

0 Votes

Taken near St. Moritz Ponds.

0 Votes

Early morning hike up to Buck Hill to watch an amazing sunrise; being careful not to disturb the family of howling coyotes at the base of the hill.

0 Votes

Blue Hills Canton

0 Votes

Photo was taken from top of Eliot Tower just before sunrise in January 2016

0 Votes

Photo was taken at the top of Eliot Tower looking southeast

0 Votes

Photo taken near St. Moritz Ponds.

0 Votes

Houghtons Pond

0 Votes

Houghtons Pond winter storm 2016

0 Votes

Early morning drive

0 Votes

Houghton Pond

0 Votes

This was taken on a small hike around the pond with the family. We saw so many beautiful things, red wing black birds and mallards to name a few. Absolutely gorgeous here.

0 Votes

Reaching the summit of one of the many AWESOME mountain areas! What I love is how advanced the hiking big can get. This view is certainly worth the workout. You feel like you can touch the airplanes flying overhead.

0 Votes

A walk along the Sky Trail

0 Votes

An evening walk through blue hills

0 Votes

Hope you love rocks, because you can’t escape them on this climb!

0 Votes

Victoria Hopkins
Stoughton Photographer and frequent visitor of Blue Hills

0 Votes

Victoria Hopkins
Stoughton Photographer and frequent visitor of the Blue Hills

0 Votes

Victoria Hopkins
Stoughton Photographer and frequent visitor of the Blue Hills

0 Votes

The sun rising above the tree line atop Rattlesnake Hill.

0 Votes

A spooked White Tailed Deer takes off into the forest by Ponkapoag Trail.

0 Votes

Braintree Pass Path near intersection 3042. Standing water and fallen leaves.

0 Votes

Braintree Pass Path near intersectin 3042.

0 Votes

Somewhere along Chickatawbut Rd as the snow came down it was very dark and moody under the trees!

0 Votes

7/17 –  Came upon this Spicebush Swallowtail Carerpillar while doing my daily walk on the service road up to the weather tower.  My daughter thought she had come upon a real life Pokemon caricature.  She got a leaf to help

0 Votes

Looking out at Houghton’s Pond.

0 Votes

A tree-framed window, with a view of St. Moritz Ponds.

0 Votes

A wintery walk along the Skyline Trail, Quincy.

0 Votes

A silhouetted forest, St. Moritz Ponds.

0 Votes

A pup wades in the waters of Ponkapoag Pond on a summer evening.

0 Votes

A rainy-day stroll along the boardwalk at Ponkapoag Bog.

0 Votes

Lily pads scattered amongst protruding rocks in Ponkapoag Pond. Taken from the most northern point of the pond, looking south.

0 Votes

Skyline Trail

0 Votes

Ponkapoag Pond looking towards the Dam and golf course.

0 Votes

Ponkapoag golf course looking towards the pond

0 Votes

Heading down the Red Dot trail….

0 Votes

My friend Sara, photographing a handsome northern copperhead camouflaged on a blanket of fall foliage.

0 Votes

There is a resting spot along Chickatawbut Road.
There the elevation is 3024.
This view on a winter afternoon brings the skyline of Boston to this traveler.

0 Votes

A stunning, large specimen.

0 Votes

A nest in hiding

0 Votes

Roosting amongst peak fall foliage.

0 Votes

Plenty of fall color down the Brookwood Farm

0 Votes

Shot this at the top of the road overlooking Boston, there were about eight deer up there feeding. I have not seen a deer up there since I shot this image.

0 Votes

I was sitting up one of the ponds and could barely see this bug in the water. The body is only about one half inch long. I grabbed a few shots of it and found out it is called a

0 Votes

Red dot trail

0 Votes

Lone ski lift

0 Votes

Beauty of Blue Hills

0 Votes

I captured 2 bucks butting heads while driving through the Reservation near St Moritz Pond.

0 Votes

2 Bucks sizing one another up.

0 Votes

Taking advantage of the last snowfall of the winter season at Houghton’s Pond.

0 Votes

Making tracks along Houghton’s Pond.

0 Votes

This was taken at Ponkapong camp.

0 Votes

This was taken at Ponkapong camp. It was the view from one of the cabins I stayed at.

0 Votes

This was taken at the Ponkapong camp.

0 Votes

The end of Maple Ave, by the pond

0 Votes

This was taken in the area near Jenna’s at Houghton’s Pond. An absolutely spectacular spot in the Fall!

0 Votes

Fall, October 2015, behind Jenna’s at Houghton’s Pond. Before long, it will be time to get out and enjoy the spectacular colors of Fall once again!

0 Votes

This Winter scene was taken on Chickatawbut Rd. in the Blue Hills Reservation on February 5, 2015.

0 Votes

A brisk autumn day is the perfect time to visit Fowl Meadow. Our Sheltie disappears and reappears through the reeds, engrossed in his constant search for illusive wildlife.

0 Votes

A Tree Swallow feeds its young on the fly. Taken at the Blue Hills Reservoir.

0 Votes

An adult Spotted Sandpiper follows its young one. Taken at the Blue Hills Reservoir.

0 Votes

Trail near Trailside Museum

0 Votes

Taken from my backyard

0 Votes

Eliot tower in late afternoon, 2016

0 Votes

at Gas pipeline off Chickatawbut rd

0 Votes

A quick game of fetch in the Ponkapoag Pond on a beautiful September day.

Photo taken: September 11th, 2016

0 Votes

Every son should grow up with his father teaching him how to fish. There is no better spot than Fisherman’s Beach on the Ponkapoag Pond.

Photo taken: September 11th, 2016

0 Votes

While hiking around the Ponkapoag Pond you will see several amazing views. If you are lucky, they will be as perfect as mine on this warm September day.

Photo taken: September 11th, 2016

0 Votes

Sometimes you need to venture into the unknown. I followed the Ponkapoag Boardwalk into the heart of the Pond and was not disappointed.

Photo taken: September 11th, 2016

0 Votes

Spring evening in the wood

0 Votes

Foggy morning on a dark forest lake… Ponkapoag Pond.

0 Votes

Sunrise on a cloudy day at Hancock Hill

0 Votes

Blue Hills

0 Votes

At Ponkapoag Pond

0 Votes

Ponkapoag Pond

0 Votes

Fog at Brookwood

0 Votes

Mantis eating a bumble bee at brookwood

0 Votes

Inside the Brookwood hives

0 Votes

Taken while walking Houghton’s Pond.

0 Votes

At Houghton’s Pond, February, 2016.

0 Votes

Glorious Sunset in the Blue Hills. Taken from Ponkapoag.

0 Votes

Ponkapoag

0 Votes

Houghton’s Pond

0 Votes
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