Monday, October 18, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021
I took a walk by the Auburn Professional Building this morning to see how the demolition is going.
They were hard at work today demolishing the Auburn Professional building. As the giant claw tore at the building and piled the metal away from other debris, a construction worker kept up a spray of water to keep dust down. The Huntington Learning Center building (formerly Maryland Radio) is completely gone, the only trace that something was there is the concrete ramp leading to where the loading dock was.
The back of the Auburn Professioanl building. Demolition has started on the far side of it. The Huntington Learning center building is already demolished, it used to block the view of the red brick building you can see in the distance.
Friday, October 1, 2021
The demolition of the Auburn Professional Building and Huntington Learning center building has begun. They started at the rear of the Huntington Learning Center building, you can see the back quarter of the building has been knocked down.
The front of the building has a fence close up to the wall of the building.
The fencing continues down the block and goes around the Huntington Learning Center building. Demolition has started in the back of this building.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Here's how this part of the parking lot looked earlier this year with the portables still in place.
You can tell exactly where the portables were because the blacktop has square patches where the classrooms were anchored down.
The new sign is now (mostly) done, proudly proclaiming the name of the school. The black rectangle should get an LED variable message sign at some point in the future.
Here's the new classroom wing. The building is ready but there is still work that needs to be done on landscaping, water retention, and paving. Even though the parking lot has been striped, it has not been paved to be even to the curp bottom, another layer of blacktop is still to be added.
I understand that they might not want water going into the water retention areas yet since they are not complete, but it seems like an overkill and more permenant than needed to brick the drainage cuts up.
Friday, September 3, 2021
Wednesday the remnants of Hurricane Ida came through the Bethesda area and left a lot of water. I have been tracking the forecasts for the Potomac River and it was projected to peak this morning. I went to Great Falls today to take a look, here are some comparisons for how it looks today and how it looks in slightly more normal times.
Great Falls on the Potomac River as seen from the Olmsted Island overlook. This photo was taken in July of 2020, the water is a little bit higher than normal for mid summer.
Great Falls on the Potomac River as seen from the Olmsted Island overlook. This photo was taken this morning. Compare it to the photo above that was taken last year, All the rocks seen in that photo are submerged, only a few small trees on them poke above the water on the left side of the photo.
From Olmsted Island overlook looking across the Potomac River to the Virginia side. This photo was taken in April of 2021, the water in the spring is usually higher than in the summer. On the far shore you can see the Virginia overlooks, and in the middle of the picture you can see a large tree trunk wedged between the rocks well above the waterline.
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Saturday, July 31, 2021
One standing and one fallen concrete monoliths with construction equipment in the background. As far as I can tell, they are not full of stars. They are the footings for one of the radio transmitter towers that used to be located at this site, most of each of them was buried under the ground with only the top couple of feet exposed.
A number of pieces of construction equipment parked in the field near Greyswood Road. In the foreground is a large concrete monolith that was one of the footings for the now-removed radio transmitter towers.
Friday, July 23, 2021
The long-vacant Ourisman car dealersship on Motor City Drive up by the Home Depot and Montgomery Mall has finally been demolished. The plan is to put apartments on this site. The building is fully down and there are just a few bits of metal girders left
Here is how it looked when I last took a picture of it in December of 2020.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Cicadas may have just emerged, but they spent seventeen years underground. That means they are old enough to drive! I took this one to get it's learners permit last week even though I doubt it will live the nine months required to get it's provisional license.
Friday, May 28, 2021
One of the first things that is being done for the Amalyn Bethesda housing development is to connect Greentree Rd and Greyswood Rd. They have started clearing trees at the end of Greentree Rd to allow for this work to start.
Here is how Greentree road looks now. All the trees and brush has been removed.
This is from the field, looking at the dead-end of Greentree Road. Prior to this, the trees and brush were dense enough that you couldn't see Greentree from here.
For comparison, here is how the end of Greentree Road looked earllier this spring.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
"In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love." (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
Now that the cicada's have been out a little while, and the racket they make has grown increasingly loud, it should come as no surprise that the singing is starting to pay off, at least for this lucky fellow and equally lucky lass. They are especially lucky that no one stepped on them while they lay in ecstasy on the sidewalk.
After spending today listening to the cicadas, I was a bit surprised tonight to not hear them.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Not everything is complete, there are a couple of places where the trail has been torn up and needs to be replaced, primarily at Albermarle St, the ramp leading to one of the bridges, and the area where the rebuilt a drainage creek that goes under the trail. After that, everything will be back to normal, but as of now, as long as you don't require handicap accessibility it is fully usable.
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Here are a couple of videos I have taken of the cicada attack.
This first video is a time-lapse of a Brood X cicada molting on a blade of grass. This time-lapse was taken over a period of about 2.5 hours one night. One picture every 15 seconds. Where a cicada walks over the emerging one and where the emerging cicada flips so it is holding onto its shell I have duplicated each photo 4 times to slow it down and make it easier to see what is happening.
This next video isn't a time lapse, it is just a view of about 20 cicada nymphs crawling aimlessly through the grass. I was taking a timelapse of a molting cicada at night so had a couple of lights turned on, it appears the nymphs are attracted to light.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
These Brood X cicadas have been underground for 17 years, but now they are climbing out and onto trees and plants. Once out, they do a final molt to their winged form. They will only live for about a month longer during which time they will mate and lay eggs.
Friday, May 21, 2021
I took this timelapse video of a couple of cicada nymphs molting and their wings expanding. One cicada starts molting then another climbs on top of it and also starts molting.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Sunday, May 16, 2021
When the WMAL radio towers were here they were grounded with copper radiating out from each tower. I believe these copper straps were what was used. They are buried several inches under the soil and go nearly to the edge of the property. Many of them have been pulled out and in a couple of places parts of the straps are lying on the ground.
Monday, May 10, 2021
I was walking around Bethesda, MD this morning and noticed the first advance troops of cicadas on the trees. They weren't everywhere, some trees would have a dozen or so, others just a couple, but most trees didn't have any yet. That will change in the coming days.
When they start coming out en-masse scenes such as this will be common. Here you have a few cicadas still emerging from their exoskeleton and a couple who have just finished emerging but whose wings are still wrinkled up.
As they rest, their wings expand to full size. Notice they are very pale, it takes them a few hours to darken and for their bodies to harden.
Friday, May 7, 2021
A few trees that were in front of the school remain, looking a bit lonely behind the construction fence. If I were them, I would be nervous.
The slab itself is in the process of being removed. In a few places it was above the ground on short concrete pillars.
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Toll Brothers has started doing some site prep work for the Amalyn Bethesda housing development. This development is located at the former WMAL radio broadcast tower location in Bethesda near the I-270 spur. They are digging narrow trenches around the perimeter of where it looks like work will be done.
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Due to the nice weather this week, we were able to harvest the fences a little early this year. Here they are all stacked up and ready for market.
Friday, April 23, 2021
It seems like this crossing has been under construction for a long time without much progress being made recently.
This is the crosswalk that is being replaced, it is on the Westbound side of River Road (Maryland Route 190) in Bethesda. There is no intersection or signal at this location.
This crosswalk on the eastbound side of river road is not being replaced, however, you can see a traffic light is being added.
After crossing Eastbound River Road, but before crossing Westbound River Road, the sidewalk sweeps up towards the top of a hill.
The new crosswalk across Westbound River Road is near the top of the hill, giving pedestrians better visibility. There will also be a streetlight and a traffic light here.
After crossing river road, you will be able to continue right towards Walt Whitman High School, or left towards the old crossing.