Watkins Glen Resident Artist, Capt. James Hope, Part 1

From 1872 until his death in 1892, landscape artist Capt. James Hope had an art gallery next to the gorge of Watkins Glen. A lesser known figure of the Hudson River School of landscape painters, Hope captured the beauty of the glen on his canvases and realized his life’s dream of supporting himself and his family with his landscape art. Tony Ingraham tells the first half of this story in this episode of Walk in the Park (#130). Next episode will complete the tale. Tony originally gave this illustrated presentation in February to an audience at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, NY.

You can watch this episode on Ithaca, NY public access television channel 13 (and 97.1) according to the schedule below. Or you can watch it online anywhere, anytime right here!

Ithaca cable channel 13 (and 97.1) cablecasts of this episode (155) of Walk in the Park:

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Produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS studios, Ithaca, NY

Hope Comes to Rainbow Falls, Watkins Glen

Walk in the Park episode 104, cablecasting on Ithaca, NY Time Warner Cable channels 13 and 97.3, beginning Thursday, May 21, 2015, 9:00 p.m.; continuing Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and finally on Tuesday, May 26, at 8:00 p.m. Or watch it online anytime below!

Capt. James Hope was a 19th century Hudson River School landscape artist, best known for his Civil War paintings, who became the resident artist in Watkins Glen’s famous gorge for twenty years in the late 19th century. His first painting of Rainbow Falls sold for $10,000, a huge sum at the time. We follow his story as part of the larger story of Watkins Glen and the eventual state park. Find out what Mark Twain said about Rainbow Falls in 1871.

We also take a hike in nearby Finger Lakes National Forest, checking out the views, the forest, and some spring wildflowers.

See our richly-illustrated, national-award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE.

January in Parks Across America

Snowshoe hare in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Photo from the National Park Service.

Snowshoe hare in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Photo from the National Park Service.

This time (episode 95), we’ll look at early winter in parks across the United States, from New England to Florida to the desert Southwest to Alaska, and of course, right here in Ithaca, NY. Snow-covered peaks, steaming lakes, wildlife, a dog sled,  mountain lions, and much more. The Adirondacks, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the Catskill Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, Saguaro National Park near Tucson, AZ, the upper Mississippi River, and Denali National Park in Alaska, and many other places.

You can watch it beginning tonight (Thursday, 1/15/15) at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3. It will repeat on both Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM, and the final cablecast is scheduled for next Tuesday, January 20, at 8:00 PM.

OR YOU CAN WATCH IT RIGHT HERE ANYTIME!

See the schedule for all public access TV shows in the Ithaca, NY area.

Park Minute Medley

Happy New Year to all!  Our new episode (93) of Walk in the Park begins today, at 9:00 p.m. on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3, and of course, here online, below. I have taken a number of Park Minute episodes and strung them together, beginning in the fall of 2013 and all through 2014. It makes for a beautiful show, with several videos of our very frozen gorges and waterfalls last winter, to a tour of Ithaca’s views, to Yosemite Falls in California, the tallest waterfall in North America. You can watch the whole show or you can see individual Park Minutes on this website or on our Youtube playlist.

This episode will repeat on Ithaca cable TV on Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and finally next Tuesday, January 6, at 8:00 p.m. See the full schedule of programs on Ithaca’s public access TV.

 

Park Minute: Catskill Mountain Sunrise

Since the early 1800s, people have risen before dawn on the brink of the northeastern escarpment of New York’s Catskill Mountains to watch the sun rise over the Hudson River Valley. Here the Hudson River School of American art was born in the early 1800s, in the area near the former famous Catskill Mountain House.

See our full Walk in the Park episode, Catskill Sunrise.

See all of our Park Minutes.  And visit our Walk in the Park YouTube channel! (And subscribe!)

Catskill Sunrise

Sunrise over the Hudson River Valley as seen from the site of the Catskill Mountain House on the brink of the Catskill escarpment. The Hudson River is visible in the right-center of the picture, more than 2000 feet below. The Catskill Mountain House was a luxury tourist hotel in the 19th century and the area was the epicenter of the birth of the Hudson River School of American landscape painting.

Sunrise over the Hudson River Valley as seen from the site of the Catskill Mountain House on the brink of the Catskill escarpment. The Hudson River is visible in the right-center of the picture, more than 2000 feet below. The Catskill Mountain House was a luxury tourist hotel in the 19th century and the area was the epicenter of the birth of the Hudson River School of American landscape painting.

In this episode, #85, of Walk in the Park, we travel to New York’s Catskill Mountains, to the northeast section of Catskill Park overlooking the Hudson River Valley. We camp at North Lake/South Lake Campground, go for a hike to North Point, and explore the history behind the site of the Catskill Mountain House and the Hudson River School of painting. And we finish with a visit to the nearby Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY, along the Hudson River and within sight of the Catskills.

And to watch an illustrated short video of this sunrise check out our Park Minute: Catskill Mountain Sunrise.

Walk in the Park is a public access weekly TV show recorded in PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY. See all of our Walk in the Park episodes.

See the full schedule of cablecasts of Walk in the Park on Ithaca’s cable channels 13 and 97.3. Or watch it here ONLINE anytime:

Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions, publisher of our national award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park in New York’s Finger Lakes region, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE.

Park Minute: Mother Nature Helped Heal 9-11

Lindsay-Parsons Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust in West Danby NY south of Ithaca

The Lindsay Parsons Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust in West Danby, NY south of Ithaca is a healing and inspiring landscape.

Today, as we remember that terrible day fifteen years ago, I have produced another Park Minute about the solace and healing that many sought in nature in parks upstate from New York City in the days and weeks following the horror in Manhattan.

Kaaterskill

Kaaterskill Falls in New York's Catskill Mountains

Kaaterskill Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in New York State, in the northeast Catskill Mountains

In this week’s episode (#48) of Walk in the Park TV, we visit the northeastern Catskill Mountains overlooking the Hudson River. It is the site of Washington Irving’s story of Rip Van Winkle, the former site of several 19th century luxury mountain resorts, and the birthplace of the Hudson River School of painting. We travel across the Hudson to Olana, the home of Frederic Church, one of the Hudson River School’s most famous and most successful artists. From Olana, we have a sweeping view of the “Catskill Mural Front.”

We finish the show with a look at a few of the wildflowers blooming now around our gorges.

Watch the show online below or see it this weekend on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channel 13 on both Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and then finally next Tuesday, June 4, at 8:00 p.m. (In general, video quality on the TV is better than online.)