Current show! “Scenic Tour of Ithaca”

This week’s Walk in the Park is an encore episode (#57) from the fall of 2013, and it takes us through the Town of Ithaca, NY Conservation Board’s scenic tour route around the township. Watch a short trailer here, with dates and times of our cablecasts on Ithaca channel 13 (and 97.1), or watch the entire episode online!

Park Minute: Cascadilla Glen Enters Autumn

One of six waterfalls along the Cascadilla Glen Trail in Ithaca.

One of six waterfalls along the Cascadilla Glen Trail in Ithaca. Watch the one minute video below!

In Park Minute 51, we visit Cascadilla Glen, owned by Cornell Plantations in Ithaca, NY; and we stop at several of the six waterfalls on the Cascadilla Glen Trail, which is the prettiest and shortest pedestrian route between downtown Ithaca and the Cornell University campus next to Collegetown. Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. See all my Park Minutes.

Salt Point

“Salt Point” is this week’s new episode (#119) of Walk in the Park, premiering 9:00 tonight (10/29/15) on Ithaca’s cable channel 13 (and 97.1; also viewable online anytime below). Our cablecast of this episode will repeat on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Or you can watch it online right now or anytime right here.

Salt Point Natural Area is the lesser known and wilder northern bank of the mouth of Salmon Creek. The south bank is Myers Point, a popular park along the east shore of Cayuga Lake. But over 50 years ago, an intense salt production factory occupied Salt Point. Lansing Town Historian Louise Bement shows us the history of the International Salt Company there in a presentation recorded Oct. 22 at the Lansing Community Center. Salt Point is now a quiet, natural place for low-impact enjoyment of nature and the lakeshore.

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions  at PEGASYS public access TV studios operated by Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY. You can see all episodes of Walk in the Park on this video blog. And take a look at our award-winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen–Water’s Sculpture in Stone.


Gorges in Autumn

Walk in the Park episode 118. Watch it on TV or right here online. On Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) it will be cablecast on Thursday, 10/22/15, at 9 PM; on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM; and on Tuesday, 10/27, at 8 PM. Or right here anytime, anywhere!

As the world rolls into autumn in the northern hemisphere, so does our local landscape, including our fabulous gorges of the Finger Lakes in New York. We visit Cascadilla Glen, Ithaca Falls, Buttermilk Creek, the Entrance Gorge of Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park, and Taughannock Falls. Ithaca is Gorges at any time of year, but some of our gorges will close for the winter. We also look at fall from the air (courtesy of Bill Hecht) at Long Point State Park near Aurora on the east shore of Cayuga Lake and Myers Point Park in Lansing.

Produced for Ithaca public access television at PEGASYS studios by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions .

Park Minute: Canandaigua Lake Panorama

Photographer Nigel Peter Benson Kent stitched together 14 of his photographs of Canandaigua Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region to create this panorama of the entire lake. I put it in a video editor and panned it from south to north, set to a piece by Vivaldi. Enjoy Park Minute 50!

By the way, there actually is a park in this picture. At the beginning of the video, you are looking at Hi Tor State Wildlife Management Area, 6100 hundred acres of woods, overgrown fields, steep hillsides, gorges, wetlands, creeks, lakeshore, and other natural features that provide homes to a rich variety of wildlife. It also contains South Hill, the traditional birthplace of the Seneca people, one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois or Haudenosaunee.

By Owl Gorge Productions

Ithaca Falls Lead Legacy

Walk in the Park episode 117 takes us to Ithaca Falls in Ithaca, NY. Ithaca Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in New York State, and is a local iconic landmark. But in recent years, lead from a century of testing shotguns on the top of the cliff above at the famous Ithaca Gun Company has rained down upon the gorge, creating a toxic hazard to the public viewing the falls. In this episode of Walk in the Park, we visit the falls and this issue, following a second Environmental Protection Agency cleanup of the lead contamination.

Ithaca Falls is a city park in Ithaca, NY

Ithaca Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in New York State

You can watch this episode right here anytime, or you can watch it on TV in Ithaca on Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1). Remaining scheduled cablecasts are 10 AM both Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 17 & 18) and finally at 8 PM on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. It lasts half an hour.

Environmental activist Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting, Inc. speaks out on inadequate measures taken so far to remove this hazard in this unusually beautiful and popular site. Find out what has been done to remove the lead, what is likely to happen next, and where lead contamination has not been found near the falls.

We finish this show with a beautiful panorama of the entire length of Canandaigua Lake created from fourteen photographs taken and stitched by nature photographer Nigel Peter Benson Kent. I pan the panorama in a short video, set to music.

Owl Gorge Productions. See all of our Walk in the Park episodes and find out the schedule of cablecasts on Ithaca’s Time Warner Cable channels. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY produced at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable.
See our book, Ithaca-the City, Gorges, and Colleges.


Current Show: “Fall Colors in the Finger Lakes”

Buttermilk Falls State Park aerial

Buttermilk Falls State Park, by Bill Hecht

Beginning Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 and running through Wednesday, October 14, 2015, we will be cablecasting episode 25 of Walk in the Park, “Fall Colors in the Finger Lakes,” on Ithaca Time Warner Cable channels 13 and 97.1 . And it also can be watched online here.

Regular cablecast times of this half hour episode are:

Thursday, 9 PM

Saturday, 10 AM

Sunday, 10 AM

Tuesday, 8 PM

Check the PEGASYS (public access) listings for other times the station manager may choose, or check the channel on TV a few minutes before the hour for an updated schedule each day.

Take a look at our popular book, ITHACA-the CITY, GORGES, and COLLEGES.


Two Other Falls in Buttermilk Glen

Park Minute 49

When most people think of waterfalls in Buttermilk Falls State Park, of course they think of the big waterfall after which the park is named. But there are a number of other waterfalls up in the gorge beyond, which, though nowhere near as large, are quite charming in themselves. Here are two.

By Owl Gorge Productions. See our books about Ithaca, Watkins Glen State Park, and Tux the Cat!

Pinnacles and Pools

Walk in the Park episode 116, showing here online; and on Ithaca, NY area Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.1, beginning 9:00 Thursday evening, 9/17/15. See the full cablecast schedule.

In this episode of Walk in the Park, we move around various parks, beginning with Central Cascade in Watkins Glen State Park; then we look at joints, cliffs, an arch, and the beginnings of a pinnacle in Devil’s Kitchen in Robert H. Treman State Park; we visit Pinnacle Rock and its accompanying unusual rock pool in Buttermilk Glen in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca; and then we pop to Taughannock Falls State Park and we compare the big falls to an even bigger one that looks much like it! We also watch and listen to Ithaca singer-songwriters Susan Lytle and Will Fudeman sing and play one of their favorites at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

Walk in the Park episode 116, produced in PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca NY . Produced by Owl Gorge Productions. See our books about Ithaca and Watkins Glen State Park, and Tux the Cat!