Dam project underway in the Middlesex Fells

I hadn’t visited the Middlesex Fells for several months, and it looks like I missed a lot. The town of Winchester is rebuilding the 147-year-old North Reservoir Dam at a cost of $6 million. The water level has been lowered considerably in order to accommodate the construction. Here’s a story about it from the Winchester Star, back when there was a Star.

I hear that train a-comin’

Commuter train heads from Wedgemere toward West Medford on Tuesday afternoon.

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Crimson tide

Saturday along the Upper Mystic Lake in Winchester.

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Middlesex Fells

A few pictures from earlier today with my new iPhone SE.

Alongside the North Reservoir in Stoneham
Reservoir and Skyline Trails near the entrance to Sheepfold
Fungus in Winchester
Looking north toward the Middle Reservoir in Winchester

Bird is the word

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I was in Winchester center a little while ago picking up Chinese food when I saw about a half-dozen people with serious-looking cameras. It turned out they were birders. I’m not sure what they told me this guy was, but I think I heard someone say it was a night heron. So here’s my crappy, over-enlarged smartphone picture.

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Mystic-ism

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

Middlesex Fells by moonlight

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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.