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Tag: Mystic Lakes

Around West Medford

It’s the first snowstorm of 2023-’24. I just got back from a bit of tramping around. I immediately got a question on Facebook: What is the Slave Wall? So here you go.

The Slave Wall

Lower Mystic Lake

Wooded area near the lake

Faceless encounter

Not Art

A few years ago I noticed a “Not Art” stencil for the first time, on a concrete barrier alongside the Mystic Path, which runs along the eastern shore of the Mystic Lakes. Over the winter I took pictures of every one I saw in Medford, Arlington and the Middlesex Fells. I didn’t go looking for them; I just documented what I encountered. And no, I didn’t know they were a thing until I Googled them. Here’s a Boston magazine story about them from 2014.

The original (at least for me): Lower Mystic Lake, eastern shore, Jan. 17, 2023

Western end of Chandler Road, Middlesex Fells, April 15, 2023

Boston Avenue and North Street, Medford, Jan. 10, 2023

Minuteman Bikeway, just south of Spy Pond, Arlington, Jan. 4, 2023

Southern tip of South Reservoir, Middlesex Fells, Dec. 30, 2022

Sailing on the Mystic Lakes

A little out of focus, but I like the sunlight on the water.

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Crimson tide

Saturday along the Upper Mystic Lake in Winchester.

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First day of meteorological spring

Sunset where the Mystic Lakes spill into the Mystic River. Medford side, looking toward Arlington.


Upper Mystic Lake from the Winchester Boat Club, 7:35 a.m. today. Click here for a bigger, sharper image.

Christmas Eve at the Mystic Lakes




Before the next blizzard


Looking north toward the Upper Mystic Lake from the causeway between the Upper and Lower Mystic Lakes at the Medford-Arlington line. Please click on the image for a high-resolution Flickr slideshow.

Between the snowstorms in West Medford

IMG_1674The Lower Mystic Lake earlier today. Please click on the image for a high-resolution Flickr slideshow.

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