Into the Woods with James McMahon

Here is my new film of James McMahon doing his thing in the woods. The film is a sequel to the one I did in 2008.

Into The Woods with James McMahon from Doug Dupin on Vimeo.

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Pollinators in the Woods

I was helping with a wild bee survey near Fletchers Boathouse today. The traps catch all sorts of pollinators found in the woods – bees, flies, and butterflies. Here is a Zebra Swallowtail specimen.


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Skate Ramp

The skate ramp has already attracted drifters, hustlers, and other deviants. Here is John O visiting Saturday May 9th.


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Attic Find

I’m amazed that some items in my house are still undiscovered. Today while insulating the attic I came across this contest card.

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The York Theatre built in 1919 still stands but without any of its original charm at Georgia Ave and Quebec.

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Moss Graffiti

I was alerted to this possibility by a neighbor and promptly collected some samples of moss and lichen.

I mixed the samples into buttermilk and “painted” some tiles. The fine-powdered lichen sample seems to be the most promising (center tile).


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My First Archeo Dig in DC

At the beginning of the big dig, I remember my tarps brought unwanted attention in 2002.


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Today’s Find

It’s not in great shape, but remarkable enough for how many people have likely stepped on it. The fire-reddened base drew my attention.

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The Next Project


Hoping to get the skating Amish involved with this project.

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The Fork in DCHPO’s Palisades Rec Center Plan

The Palisades Community Association’s online survey about the Palisades Park Center’s redevelopment shows the gap between the DCHPO preservation goals and public sentiment. Under the heading “Preserving the Current Building”, those in favor of keeping the structure equate to roughly %10 of respondents.

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The public-private DC venture, EHT Traceries, had recently recommended a landmark designation for the Palisades Recreation Center, but in this week’s Northwest Current, Wednesday April 8th, Roger K. Lewis thinks otherwise: “The ‘Determination of Eligibility’ for historic landmark designation, based on a study by Traceries, is unconvincing.”


In addition to the background “study,” Traceries, unconvincingly analyzed the “study” and somehow arrived at “historical importance.” In a previous post, I sighed at Traceries’ findings (this before the online survey and a lone comment to my post).

As the goals of Historical Preservation take another whack, the attention shifts (in this sector of the city) to the historical importance of a Spring Valley strip mall on Massachusetts Ave. Maybe the Palisades is too young for help from the Historical Preservation Office (not prehistorically speaking!), but they need to follow at least the simple edict under the Hippocratic Oath – First do no harm.

Roger Lewis ends his Viewpoint with: “Clearly a large majority of caring residents believe that the city should pay heed and do the right thing: Demolish the exisitng center and build a new one.” I would add one more “right” thing – the existing bricks in the recreation center structure should be repurposed . . . and for an outdoor velodrome . . . details to follow.

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Predator of Dupont Circle

Great photos snapped by Anthony Smallwood at his home in Dupont Circle.



The bloody-faced bird is either a Sharp Shinned or Cooper’s Hawk

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