You Know That Island in the Middle of the Boston Public Garden’s Lagoon?

Well, I’ll get to that in a moment. For those of you who don’t know what I’m referring to, the lagoon in the Boston Public Garden has an island in the middle of it (why it’s called a lagoon puzzles me, but it is). Here’s what I mean:

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And a nice winter, nighttime view:

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I’ve always wanted to see what’s on the island, but, obviously, with two feet of water and a foot of mud under that, I’m not going to wade out to the island. In winter, even though the lagoon is drained, there’s often a mix of slush and mud that’s not conducive to walking out there. But we’ve not only a very mild winter in terms of snow, but, in terms of precipitation overall, which means the lagoon looks like this:

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Not very aesthetically pleasing, but, importantly, dry. So the Mad Biologist can go on an expotition! Here’s the island from a distance:

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A little closer:

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On the island!

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(looking towards Arlington/Taj Hotel)

Looking at Arlington and Marlborough:

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Take it to the bridge! (when full, ducks clamber up this)

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Beacon Street:

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In the distance is Boylston Street:

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And it’s a nice place to relax:

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A very successful expotition! And just in time, since it’s filled up again (by the city, not rain):

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2 Responses to You Know That Island in the Middle of the Boston Public Garden’s Lagoon?

  1. mrtoads says:

    I suspect it wasn’t the purpose of your excursion, but that post in a couple of your shots with the distinctive blue tag on it – I don’t suppose that was the long-sought East Pole, was it? Also, not that it matters at this point, but I hope you brought some honey along to keep your strength up on the journey. Nice pictures!

  2. Jake says:

    Sources say that the island was originally a peninsula, but it proved so popular with lovers that it had to be cut off from the mainland soon after its creation. Zoom in far enough on this 1864 map, and you’ll see the peninsula: http://maps.bpl.org/id/12676

    But it’s gone in this map from 1901: http://maps.bpl.org/id/12570

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