Middlesex Fells by moonlight


I took this shot toward the end of a hike through the Middlesex Fells around Winchester’s North Reservoir. If you’d like to see more, please click here.

Frozen swamp on a semi-warm February morning


Along the Wenham Rail Trail earlier today, just south of Route 97, looking west toward Connors Farm.

Lake Champlain


I’m in Burlington, Vermont, on a reporting trip. Not too many tourists (by which I mean none) on the waterfront this morning.

A hike along the Skyline Trail

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I decided to hike the Skyline Trail today rather than go running. We took the Webelos there about 14 years ago, but this was my first time since then. It’s a serious hike — about seven miles of rocky terrain with a lot of steep ups and downs. Not quite New Hampshire, but definitely reminiscent of the Berkshires and the Green Mountains. It’s a pretty amazing resource to have so close to the city.

Snowpocalypse 2012

I took this behind the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers less than an hour ago. Send in the sled dogs!

Brown Christmas

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Bradley Palmer State Park, Christmas Day, 2011.

Winter storage

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Sailboats on the Beverly side of the Salem-Beverly Bridge, December 18, about 10 p.m.

Here it comes

The summit of Mount Washington a few minutes ago, as seen from one of the observatory webcams. Oh, and it’s 31.5 degrees.

The French King Bridge

The French King Bridge. Click on image for more photos.

Ever since 2009, when our son started attending the Hallmark Institute of Photography in Turners Falls, I’ve been fascinated by the French King Bridge — a wonderfully ornate bridge connecting the towns of Erving and Gill across the Connecticut River. Now that our daughter has enrolled at Landmark College in Putney, Vt., we’re going to see that much more of it.

Today, on my way home from freshman orientation at Landmark, I had my first good chance to pull over and take some pictures. The river water was mud-brown — an after-effect of Tropical Storm Irene, as the water is clear and blue in this picture taken from the bridge.

The bridge was built in 1932 and rebuilt in 1992. The idea was to improve an old stretch of the Mohawk Trail Highway. I find it to be a really nice break from a long ride.