Summer Flowers along the Charles

Summer Flowers along the Charles

Photos taken along the Charles River in Cambridge, MA, on July 7, 2008.

Copyright (c) 2008, Sandra J. Loosemore. Photos are provided for personal viewing only; no other use is permitted without prior written consent.


There was a lot of pretty chicory growing along the river.
Not all the chicory was blue -- here and there, I found some plants with flowers that were a very pale lilac instead, like this one.
These yellow flowers are sweet-clover. This is a non-native weed.
Closeup of the sweet-clover flowers. These don't look especially clover-like to me....
I passed by a big patch of daisy fleabane.
I saw lots of morning glories clinging to the other plants along the river.
There were white morning glories as well as pink ones.
This is smartweed, a member of the buckwheat family. These were growing quite tall, two feet or so.
This flower, not yet fully open, is a Queen Anne's Lace. It's a member of the carrot family, like the yarrow.
Here's a Queen Anne's Lace that's fully open.
Closeup of the Queen Anne's Lace. Note the bug.
I walked from Western Avenue past Harvard and the Mount Auburn Hospital. Here's a general view at about the halfway point, looking upstream just past the JFK Street bridge.
I'm more used to seeing milkweed with pink- or purple-tinted flowers in this area, but these were pale yellow.
This looks like a garden phlox. I found one small patch of them growing by the river as I approached the hospital.
Here's another phlox.
Here's some white avens, with a visiting bug. Note the long sepals that are the distinguishing feature of this flower.
Avens without the bug.
I also found a patch of day lilies.
Here's a view with a large group of geese swimming upstream.
I caught up with the geese in front of the hospital. Note the half-grown goslings in the foreground.
I returned to Harvard Square by way of Brattle Street, a very tony neighborhood. One of the fancy houses I passed by there had these cute froggy lights installed along the front walkway. Ribbit, ribbit.


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