May 172014
 

spanspan

An absolutely perfect spring day in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, which straddles Cambridge and Watertown. Birds, bees, frogs, turtles and colorful explosions of bloom and blossom everywhere you turned. All in a sprawling, historic cemetery (the first “garden cemetery”), that is also an amazing arboretum and urban wildlife sanctuary.

And in early- to mid-May, Mt. Auburn becomes a hot spot for birders around the region because it is teeming with birds, especially warblers in their spring migration. According to MassAudubon’s Carol Decker, “for warblers who have often traveled more than 200 miles the previous night and need a day or two to rest and feed, this place [Mt. Auburn] represents a significant green footprint.” See this Boston Globe article for more.

contemplating a snack  peeking

Although it’s a bit difficult to get great warbler shot armed only with a consumer level 70mm-300mm lens, I did catch a few decent shots.  It’s a bit easier to capture photos of turtle, frogs, and tadpoles in any of Mt. Auburn’s many ponds.
croak softly and cary a big stickpsychedelic tadpoleNot Yet Yertle

And these are even easier to capture:

Leopoldfiddlin around_ B&Wthe chapel

May 182013
 

Mary Baker Eddy Memorial

The Mary Baker Eddy Memorial on Halcyon Lake in Mt. Auburn Cemetery

An absolutely perfect spring day in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, which straddles Cambridge and Watertown. Birds, bees, frogs, turtles and colorful explosions of bloom and blossom everywhere you turned. All in a sprawling, historic cemetery (the first “garden cemetery”), that is also an amazing arboretum and urban wildlife sanctuary.

i like turtlesbuzzzzz

pond reflections (with three frogs)

Frog is greater than (frog > stick)

Frog is greater than (frog > stick)

Here’s a Vine video loop of tranquil Willow Pond:

 

And here’s Washington Tower and the Chapel in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.  Also, the large stained glass window in the Chapel and the view of Cambridge, Watertown and the Boston skyline from the Tower:

with the sun peaking out from behind Boston & Cambridge & Watertown from the Tower (at 60mm)stained glass Chapel

May 192012
 


Boston (curved) click to view large

Finally got a chance to use my new Samyang 7.5mm manual fisheye lens (m 4/3 for my Oly Pen E-P3).  I spent a gorgeous spring day in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, including atop the Tower and its panoramic views of the Boston skyline.  The sprawling cemetery spans parts of Cambridge and Watertown, contains several ponds and vernal pools, and is awash in wildlife (it’s a well known haven for bird watchers from around the Northeast).

Here’s a 50mm shot (cropped) from the Tower.  That’s the Harvard Stadium in the far foreground: