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Photo credit: Christopher Castasus, Randolph

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Overlook of Boston Skyline from Nahanton Hill.

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I encountered this Long Tailed Weasel (Mustela frenata) along the Burma Road Trail in the Fowl Meadow Section of the Blue Hills Reservation. Normally they are nocturnal and seen only in glimpses. It stopped on a little foot bridge and

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Photographer on Houghton Pond

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Along the pathway near the Trailside Museum

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Chickatawbut Rd. Near Observation Tower. I took this photo in the morning after the rain. The rain provided a shiny look on the surface. The cars driven the leaves to both sides and provided several s-curve lines on the road.

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Houghton’s Pond

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Eliot Tower, Blue Hills. Conor’s best friends.

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I believe this Rory terrain was on Coon Hollow Path, but we got a bit turned around that day so can’t be sure. Between Houghtons pond and Eliot tower

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Snow hits during hike around Ponkapoag Pond

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Gate at Brookwood Community Farm

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ponkapoag pond. blazing sunrise

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Along the green dot trail

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Taken on a frigid December 27, 2020 from Fisherman’s Beach, looking across Ponkapoag Pond to the Great Blue Hill.

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Along the Skyline Trail this past fall

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Eliot Tower

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Walking the pond

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Sunrise

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Rock trails near Eliot Tower

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Memorial Bridge

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Midway on the Smith Road Trail after the Rocky outcropping nearest High Street

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Houghton’s Pond Refreshment Stand (September 2020)

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Heading down Buck Hill summit

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An early snow in Autumn around Houghton Pond

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This dragonfly was perched on a branch near St. Moritz Pond.

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Top of the Blue Trail

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Fall

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Skyline trail at St Moritz ponds.

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The male Pileated Woodpecker was drumming on his territory. I took this shot near the CCC camp.

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A male and female Barred Owl were possibly nesting in the area north of the St. Moritz Ponds. I took this shot of the male.

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The moon outside the Weather Observatory

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A spectacular sunrise viewed from Hancock Hill looking out over Quincy Bay.

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Spectacular light play in the clouds at sunset on Hancock Hill looking towards Eliot Tower.

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Mushroom among the rocks near the top of Skyline Trail.

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Boardwalk Trail

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Friendly black racer found last summer.

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The sun rises and peeks through the trees

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A sunrise atop Great Blue Hill in late August

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Shady path across road from Houston’s pond, enroute to the Skyline Trail

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Snow squall at Houghton’s Pond

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Thin ice that formed in a granite depression on top of Hancock Hill

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Houghton’s Pond (across from playground)

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Brookwood Community Farm

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Brookwood farm barn, from the gravel path heading towards it

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Ponkapoag Bog board walk

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Taken in winter at the top of Blue Hill

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This shot of a Scarlet Tanager made the climb up Big Blue worth it.

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not sure!
newbie!

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I took this at Ponkapoag while I was for a hike one day. The colors was striking. Normally only seeing white

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Water-lilies on Ponkopog.

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Along the northern border of the Blue Hills, there is a grassy hill that now leads up onto the Granite Links Golf Course. Golfers and inhabitants of nearby graveyards guard and preserve the land, waiting for our ancestors who will

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Houghton’s Pond on the foothills of Blue Hills has its own beauty

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Boston as seen from the top of Buck Hill on a misty day

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This photo was taken on October 31, 2020 on Wolcott Path. It snowed on October 30, 2020.

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On the Skyline trail on the Shea Ice Rink end.

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Learning about dandelions at Chickatawbut Tower during a snack break.

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Path to tower near the large ledge overlooking the highways.

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Houghtons pond.

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Great Blue Hill from Ponkapoag Pond

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Ponkapoag Pond from the AMC Camp 4/6/21

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Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly on Bee Balm at the Blue Hills Reservoir area

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Morning at Ponkapoag Pond, Blue Hills Reservation, MA

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The small abandoned quarry near 4147 on the Crags Footpath

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Amazing Pathway Through The Beautiful Woods Of Blue Hills Reservation

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At the bird feeders near Blue Hills Trail Museum

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Ponkapoag pond

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Ponkapoag seen from the end of the Boardwalk

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Near Fisherman’s Beach

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After a recent snowstorm, I took a hike around Houghton’s Pond.

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We stopped at a stream crossing near the Bouncing Brook with my toddler son to look for frogs and found multiple Wood Frogs and Green Frogs.

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Enjoying the sense of accomplishment and the views at Eliot Tower in February after an icy climb up the steep southern branch of the Skyline Trail.

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This photo was taken on Houghton Path not far from where it intersects with the southern branch of the Skyline Trail (intersection 1143). This was only a week or two after my 2-year old son got his cast off after

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Taken from the parking lot on Blue Hill River Road.

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View of Eliot Tower.

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The green dot trail

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Early morning light on the 3rd highest blue hills peak, Hancock Hill.

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I took this shot from the Neponset Valley Parkway Bridge.

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American Kestrel (female) Bird In Flight A pair of the American Kestrels hunted voles and dragonflies in the Brookwood Farm fields. American Kestrels our smallest falcon are in serious population decline and places like the Brookwood Farm fields in the

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High summer days at Ponkapag Pond

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To see beauty in all there is.

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Close to the boardwalk

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Buck Hill

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From the summit of Buck Hill, looking towards Braintree

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I took this after a big rain storm while hiking up Big Blue. I was listening to the water rushing and came across it.

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Morning by Ponkapoag Pond, Blue Hills Reservation, MA

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Hoosicwhissick — Houghton’s Pond

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taken on the ski slope trail

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This was taken at the pond closer to the Quincy side of the Skyline Trail

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Ponkapoag Pond

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Forest Path

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Side trail – Buck Hill

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St Moritz Pond

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Milkweed Pods and Angel Wings

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Skyline trail

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It’s the heart that matters most

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This photo was taken in Brookwood farm which was beautiful all year long, but when the snow covered all the trees and the red barn house was showed up, it was stunning.

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My son works for the State Department of Youth Services and the KEY Program….providing guidance to troubled youths. This past year they began to take their clients on early morning hikes up Blue Hill, to bond and perhaps also offer

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Autumn Is My Favorite Season Because of views Like This. The Autumn Foilage Of The Leaves Is What I look Forward To The Most

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On the Slide Notch Path, there are signs of forest fire. Blacked trunks stand in silent watch over the new white pine shrubs that will replace them at some time in the future. Someday our children, who replace us, will

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Board walk trail

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St Moritz pond

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Spotted

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The Great Blue Hill with Houghton’s and Ponkopoag Ponds in the background.

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Taken near the Ponkapoag Camp on August 23, 2020

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Board walk through the bog

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Pond at NE end of main parking lot

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a snowy path near Houghtons Pond

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View from Houghton Hill

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What a wonderful rocky trail so close to home.

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Walking towards the museum off the road

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Path to the tower lookout

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I think this was from Skyline Trail, not too far after we started hiking from Shea Rink

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The late fall sunset gave a glowing new life to plants preparing for a long winter’s sleep in Fowl Meadow one evening while taking a relaxing stroll.

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Great Blue from Hemenway Hill.

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Houghton pond trail

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Houghton’s pond looking at Great Blue

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Presentation of the Great-Horned Owl from the Trailside Museum

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Taking giant steps up to old tower off of Chickatawbut Road.

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Creek by the Trailside Museum

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Humming Bird in motion at Trailside museum.

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Mushrooms growing on a tree stump walking on Scott Woods trail.

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Fisherman’s Beach, Ponkapoag Pond

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On the path near headquarters

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Near the path by headquarters

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From Fisherman’s Cove

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Early morning hikes up Big Blue proved to be a wonderful healer during Covid lockdowns

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Descent from Buck Hill summit

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On the trail to Buck Hill

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I love being surrounded by nature. Walking the tiny pathway at Ponkapoag.

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This was taken at sunrise from a helicopter.

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Deer’s in the forest

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After an early morning snow. Road next to Brookwood Farm

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Cross country skiing to the summit of Buck Hill

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Blue Hills has a lot for skiing to offer than just at the ski area. There are a lot of good hiking trails that offer fun low angle trails. This is a shot looking down Slide Notch Path after skiing

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Doing some exploration via skis on Blue Hills. Chickatawbut Hill area.

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Blueberry at the top of one of the hills.

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Sunset walk through the forest

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Sunrise is a great time to go paddling at Ponkapoag Pond!

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Taken from a canoe on Ponkapoag Pond.

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I spent a leisurely morning maneuvering my canoe into position trying to capture the busy bees pollinating flowers on Ponkapoag Pond. It took many tries but I ended up with a few keepers.

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I spent a leisurely morning maneuvering my canoe into position trying to capture the busy bees pollinating flowers on Ponkapoag Pond. It took many tries but I ended up with a few keepers.

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Early morning Skyline trail hike to see the partial solar eclipse. It was cloudy at the top of Big Blue, so we continued and saw this Barred Owl on the trail.

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Brookwood Farm area

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Ranger appreciating the moment.

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Blue Hills Trailside Museum

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This photo at sunrise atop the Skyline East Trail at dawn on February 5, 2020.

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Grassy area at Houghton’s pond

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4 Granite chairs Built into hillside by CCC.

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Study of contrasts ripples reflections at the Blue Hills Reservation.

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Tree trunk art displayed at a Blue Hills picnic area!

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Raven looking out from his perch among the fall foliage in the Blue Hills!

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Houghton’s Pond, Fall 2020

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If my memory serves me correctly, this was taken somewhere on the backside of big blue

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this was taken in November 2020 on a trail we call Adventure Creek.  It,s a little ways past the Boys Scout camping site on Unquity Road.  The icey snow on the trees made them especially majestic and the bright blue

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Weekday walk near Wampatuck Road, Quincy

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Taken along the skyline trail

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View of the city

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