Boston View | Spectacle Island

Boston Harbor, View from Spectacle Island
Boston Harbor, View from Spectacle Island, with plane, boats and clouds
Boston Harbor, View from Spectacle Island, with boats and shine of sun, sunshine on the water

Spectacle Island is an island in Boston Harbor, situated some 4 miles (6.4 km) offshore of downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The island has a varied history, and today is a public park, forming part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. It is served throughout the year by ferries from Boston, and on weekends and summer weekdays by a shuttle boat to and from the other surrounding islands.

The island was initially composed of two small drumlins connected by a spit, with an approximate size of 49 acres (200,000 m2). The name is believed to derive from its then-resemblance to a pair of spectacles. However, dumping of trash and dirt, together with subsequent landscaping, have resulted in a significantly larger island with a permanent size of 85 acres (340,000 m2), plus an intertidal zone of a further 28 acres (110,000 m2).

The island is now composed of two artificial earth mounds, terraced with retaining walls, roads and newly planted vegetation. With a height above sea level of 157 feet (48 m), Spectacle Island is now one of the highest points on Boston Harbor. (source)

Location : Spectacle Island (Boston Harbor), MA, New-England, USA.
Photo : (c) Francois Soulignac
Camera : Canon EOS 350D Digital

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