Between the Falls

Glimpse of Nature #22 (35 seconds)

Between many of the waterfalls along Buttermilk Creek in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY (in New York’s Finger Lakes region), there are relatively quiet stretches of stream which are quite beautiful in themselves. This is one of them!

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Glimpse of Nature: Hector Falls Plunges to Seneca Lake

Enjoy this 28-second video of Hector Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in New York State. It can be seen on Rte. 414 on the east side of Seneca Lake a few miles north of Watkins Glen.

Here is a description of Hector Falls from Upstate New York Waterfalls: “Although most commonly recorded as 165 ft high, Hector Falls, can be considered a lot taller, if you begin counting the series of cascading drops from the top. Over 250 feet of waterfalls cascade down this hill from near the top. The first third is a sequence of small and narrow, foamy cascades, one right after the other. As the falls approaches Rt 414, it spreads out over one wide triangular cascade that dips under the highway, and down another wide cascade, and then another, past some cottages.The final stretch is yet another fanning cascade, the widest of all. From the road, you can see just the segment above. From the lake and across it, you can see most of the falls, except the upper chain of cascades.”

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From Forest to Sea

In this episode (#110) of our weekly community access TV series in the Ithaca, NY area, “Walk in the Park,” our journey begins at a glacial boulder in a brook, pouring over waterfalls and past a log-jam to Cayuga Lake, longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in central New York State. Eventually we reach the Great Lakes and finally the ocean.

Our next story takes us to another of America’s 36 “Grand Canyons,” this time the Quechee Gorge on the Ottauquechee River, the “Grand Canyon of Vermont,” which in its own turn flows to the Connecticut River and finally the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.
We round out our program with looks at things going on from the Rocky Mountains to the Smokies to the canyons of Utah.
You can watch the whole show right here or on Ithaca community access TV at the times and channels listed below.

Walk in the Park shows on community access TV in the Ithaca area on Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.3 on Thursdays at 9 PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 10 AM, and Tuesdays at 8 PM.

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Woods and Waterfalls!

Walk in the Park episode 109. On TV and online here!

Frequent heavy rains have swollen the creeks of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York and filled our waterfalls to capacity. We look at the big waterfall in Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg, NY on west side of Cayuga Lake, and at Ludlowville Falls in Salmon Creek in Lansing, NY on the east flank of Cayuga Lake. Then we head into the woods at Kingsbury Woods Conservation Area in the Town of Danby south of Ithaca, NY, owned by the Finger Lakes Land Trust, including considering damage from a tornado in 2011. And we watch hikers hurry while drenched in a downpour in Buttermilk Glen along the Gorge Trail in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca. Finally, we resume our look at “Grand Canyons” across the country, this time going to the Great Gulf Wilderness in White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, in the Presidential Range including Mt. Washington, the highest summit in New England.

Walk in the Park episode 109. Produced by Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY. Walk in the Park is a weekly local public access TV series. You can see all of our episodes and other videos on our video blog, and see our schedule of cablecasts on Ithaca Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.3.
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Finger Lakes National Heritage Area; Otisco Lake

At Red Jacket Park on the shore of Keuka Lake In Penn Yan, NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced on June 22, 2015 that she is introducing a bill to direct the National Park Service to begin the process towards the establishment of a Finger Lakes National Heritage Area, the 50th in the United States. In this episode of Walk in the Park (#108), we look at this exciting proposal and what it might mean for the our beautiful region. Then we take a trip to Otisco Lake, easternmost of the eleven Finger Lakes, southwest of Syracuse in Onondaga County, NY.

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Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show in Ithaca, NY produced by Tony Ingraham and Owl Gorge Productions. See all episodes of Walk in the Park on our video blog.

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Buttermilk Falls Returns to its Beauty

Finger Lakes Park Minute 45: Following the flash flood on June 14, 2015, Buttermilk Falls has returned to its normal beauty. But the Gorge Trail remains closed due to some heavy flood damage.

Nonetheless, you can also see the falls from an overlook on the Rim Trail. The upper portion has been known as Pulpit Falls, the middle section is the 2nd Fall, and the bottom section is the First Fall.

Filmed at Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY. Produced by Owl Gorge Productions. See all of our Park Minutes.

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Flash Flood!

A flash flood ripped through gorges in the southern Finger Lakes New York on Sunday, June 14, 2015. In this episode (107) of Walk in the Park, we focus on damage done in the upper portion of Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY. We also look at flood waters at Buttermilk Falls State Park and Watkins Glen State Park and at a tornado that damaged the campground at Watkins Glen State Park. Finally we look at odd boulders transported by glaciers during the Ice Age, around Ithaca and a three other parks around the United States.

Walk in the Park is cablecast on Ithaca TV channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursday at 9 PM, Saturday and Sunday a 10 AM, and finally on Tuesday at 8 PM.

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Produced by Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS studios in Ithaca, NY, the public access TV station operated by Time Warner Cable in Ithaca.
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Falls and Lakes

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In this episode (106) of Walk in the Park, we compare Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca before and during the recent heavy rain. Then we look at Hector Falls by Seneca Lake,  Ithaca Falls on Fall Creek, and then we’ll pop over to Owasco Lake, our Finger Lakes neighbor to the east. We’ll travel the length of the lake and visit parks at either end. Finally, we’ll start a discussion of “Grand Canyons” across America with a peek at the “Grand Canyon of Maine.”

Produced by Owl Gorge Productions  at PEGASYS Studios, Time Warner Cable, Ithaca, NY June 11, 2015. See the full schedule of Walk in the Park cablecasts.

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Spring O Spring!

We begin this episode (105) of Walk in the Park with naturalist and songwriter Becca Harber as she sings her song “Spring O Spring” at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY, accompanied by musicians Will Fudeman and Richie Holtz. We take a look at last week’s Ithaca Festival, then consider the arduous and dangerous work park employees must do to clean loose rock from cliffs before opening trails in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Then we review our new series, “Glimpses of Nature,” and finally take a look at what’s going on at parks around the country.

Produced by Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca, NY’s public access television production facility owned by Time Warner Cable. Walk in the Park is watchable on Ithaca area cable channels 13 and 97.3 at 9 PM Thursdays, 10 AM Saturdays and Sundays, and 8 PM on Tuesdays.

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