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To celebrate the launch of our brand new Boston Harbor Islands smartphone app, we are featuring a beautiful shot of the seaside grasses on the shores of Grape Island this month.

The new Boston Harbor Island app is meant to be a mobile guide to the Boston Harbor Islands, whether you are a ferry-riding day-tripper, a kayaking overnight camper, or a pleasure boat cruiser. The app offers fun facts, history, and logistics for getting to the islands, and will soon be home to fresh information about events, ideas for exploring, and fascinating stories about the islands.

This month’s featured island, Grape, was once was home to the eponymous fruit, but today the island features six mouth-watering varieties of edible berries that emerge during the summer. Salt-spray roses, saltwater cordgrass, and seaside goldenrod also grow in abundance in warmer months. It is a beautiful place to visit, explore and even stay overnight: Grape Island is one of the best places to camp on the Boston Harbor Islands. For more about Grape Island, download the smartphone app today—or treat yourself to Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands by Christopher Klein, an indispensable guide that will inspire you to get out and enjoy the islands this spring and summer!

The ferries will be soon running on a spring schedule (May 11-June 20), which can be found here. Go explore this amazing natural resource just off the coast of the city’s shores this month!

How to set this image as your Desktop Background

Download this for your desktop screen in resolutions of 1280 x 800 (small)1440 x 900 (medium), or 1920 x 1200 (large), based on the size of your screen.

Right-click (or ctrl-click for some Mac users) on the image, and chose the option that says,“Set as Desktop Background”, “Use as Desktop Picture”, — the exact wording will depend on the browser you use.

If the image does not fit your desktop background neatly, you may have to go to your preference screen (on a Mac: System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Desktop; on Windows: Control Panel > Display > Desktop) and choose “Fit to screen” as the display mode of your background image.

Voila! You have a beautiful, seasonal desktop calendar to keep you on track all month long!

About the Union Park Press Calendar Series

When you publish books about arts, history, and culture of Boston and New England, you are bound to see some spectacular photography. It’s our goal to share some of those gorgeous scenes with fellow New England-lovers through our books, our blogPinterest and now through our monthly Union Park Press digital desktop calendar series! We hope you enjoy and return each month for a new beautiful calendar.

To learn more about the islands, order Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands through our website; online through Amazon or Barnes & Noble; or pick up a copy at your local bookstore. If your favorite shop doesn’t have it in stock, just ask—they’ll be happy to order it for you!