First People’s Festival, DeWitt Park

In episode 59 of Walk in the Park, we go to DeWitt Park in downtown Ithaca, NY for the annual First People’s Festival on October 5, 2013, held alongside the Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival. It continues to show this Saturday and Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13 (or 97.3). See the full schedule of showings for the next week. Or, you can watch it online on this page below!

First Peoples Festival, DeWitt Park, Ithaca, NY, Ithaca College, Haudenosaunee, Iroquois

A Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) banner hangs behind information tables at the First Peoples Festival on Oct. 5, 2013 in Ithaca, NY's DeWitt Park.

The high point of our visit is an interview with Brandon Lazore of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), the artist who painted the wampum belt mural on the side of the Seneca Street garage in downtown Ithaca. We also interview Tariq Widarso, an Ithaca College student who has been working with the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, which seeks to revive Native American treaties and care for our environment. And we also talk with Laura Kerrigan of Primitive Pursuits, who explains some Native American traditional skills they were teaching at the festival.

Finally, we take a couple of walks into Buttermilk Glen in Buttermilk Falls State Park; and we marvel at beautiful photographs by Roger C. Ingraham, who loves to study the nature of light reflected from water, particularly during the fall color season.

Episode 59 was recorded 10/9/13 at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY

A Scenic Tour of Ithaca, NY

Buttermilk Falls State Park as seen from Bostwick Rd. in the Town of Ithaca, NY in New York's Finger Lakes region.

Buttermilk Falls State Park as seen from a farm along Bostwick Road on West Hill in the Town of Ithaca

In this week’s new episode of Walk in the Park (#57) I take you on a scenic tour from Cayuga Lake to the hills around the Town of Ithaca. We pass waterfalls, parks, vistas over the valley, take a short walk in a nature preserve, pass through farms, cross creeks, and take in sweeping views of hills, gorges, valleys, and Cayuga Lake.

The Town of Ithaca Conservation Board has produced a scenic view brochure which you can get at the Ithaca Town Hall at the corner of Buffalo and Tioga Streets in the city or at the Tompkins County Visitor Center on East Shore Drive at the southeast corner of Cayuga Lake. Or you can download a pdf copy of the map and guide.

But the best way to learn about the scenic views in Ithaca is to take a virtual tour with me in this week’s show. It premiers tonight at 9:00 on Ithaca’s public access cable channel 13 (or 97.3) and will repeat this weekend at 10:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The final scheduled showing will be next Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 8:00 p.m.  Find out more about Walk in the Park TV.

OR YOU CAN WATCH IT RIGHT HERE!

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 twelve 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.

Headwaters of Cayuga Lake

See it here or see it on TV!

In this episode (#39, 2/20/13) of Walk in the Park TV (Ithaca, NY public access cable channel 13), I take you on a tour of the major tributaries and subwatersheds of Cayuga Lake, in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Using beautiful aerial photography by Bill Hecht, we visit Cayuga’s Inlet Valley; the Lindsay Parsons Biodiversity Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust; Enfield Glen and Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park; Buttermilk Falls State Park; Sixmile Creek Nature Preserve; Cascadilla Gorge; Cornell University; Fall Creek and its gorge and Ithaca Falls; Salmon Creek and Myers Point in Lansing, NY; Taughannock Falls State Park; and the rest of Cayuga Lake including the Seneca River and Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Finally, we trace the flow of Cayuga’s waters through the Seneca and Oswego River system to Lake Ontario, the Great Lakes, and the St. Lawrence River. Watch it here!

This show can also be seen on Ithaca’s public access TV channel 13 this Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and next Tuesday, 2/16, at 8:00 p.m.; and at other times the station may decide.

 

Finger Lakes Fall from the Sky

In this episode of Walk in the Park TV, we go up in the air again with Bill Hecht’s dazzling photographs of the Finger Lakes at the peak of fall colors. See it here online!

We see Ithaca, Sixmile Creek valley, Buttermilk Falls State Park (including the effects of Hurricane Sandy), Cayuga Lake, Myers Point in Lansing, Keuka Lake, Bluff Point, Keuka College, Canandaigua Lake, Naples NY, the Hi Tor State Wildlife Management Area, and the Great Hill (or South Hill) at the south end of Canandaigua Lake, considered (and celebrated) by the Seneca Nation of the Iroquois as their birthplace. Great Hill is now a Finger Lakes Land Trust Preserve.

Bluff Point Keuka Lake Finger Lakes fall colors

Bill Hecht's photo looking south over Bluff Point at the confluence of the East Branch and West Branch of Keuka Lake in New York's Finger Lakes region.

We fly over Cliffside State Forest in Schuyler County and Cornell University’s Arnot Forest in Tompkins County. We also go back to Ithaca Falls for a couple of short videos of the waterfall, fall colors, and fly fishermen in Fall Creek, set to music. And we reconsider a couple of maple tree species in the western United States, the bigtoothed maple in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, and the bigleaf maple on the West Coast, from California through Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and just into southeast Alaska. Join host Tony Ingraham in this scenery-packed episode of Walk in the Park (#26).

Click here to see all Walk in the Park TV episodes, or go to Tony’s YouTube Walk in the Park playlist .

Produced by Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca NY’s public access television center, run by Time Warner Cable.

You can watch the show online right here,

Or, you can catch the show on Time Warner Cable public access television channel 13 in the Ithaca area:

Thursday,  9:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday,    10:30 a.m.

Tuesday,    8:00 p.m.

It also is shown at other times as the station manager chooses.

 

 

Fly Fishing at Ithaca Falls

Ithaca Falls is one of the largest and most beautiful waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, and indeed in the state as a whole. Fall colors add to its beauty each autumn. It’s an easily accessible, remarkable place to immerse oneself in the wonder of Fall Creek Gorge and the power of the large waterfall.

Fly fishing Ithaca Falls Ithaca, NY Fall Creek waterfall salmon trout Cayuga Lake fall colors

A man tries his luck fly fishing from the shore of Fall Creek below Ithaca Falls.

In spring and fall, brown trout, salmon, and rainbow trout work their way upstream from Cayuga Lake on spawning runs, and these in turn attract fly fishing enthusiasts. Watch my short video (2 min. 39 sec.) displaying the beauty of Ithaca Falls and the patience of fly fishermen, below.

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Fall Colors in the Finger Lakes

Episode 25 of Walk in the Park TV, “Fall Colors in the Finger Lakes,” is now showing on television and online. It begins this evening at 9:00 p.m. on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13 and continues for the next week according to the schedule below. Meanwhile, you can see “Fall Colors in the Finger Lakes” online.

Cornell University Fall Creek Gorge Cascadilla Ithaca NY Fall Colors aerial photograph

Most of the Cornell campus is bounded on the north and south by gorges: Fall Creek Gorge on the north (left) and Cascadilla Glen on the south (right). Photograph by Bill Hecht

Join me, Tony Ingraham, in this visual trip around the Finger Lakes region, from the ground and in the air, marveling at the fall foliage extravaganza nature has put on for us in October. Visit Taughannock Falls and Buttermilk Falls State Parks, Cascadilla Gorge, Ithaca Falls and Fall Creek Gorge, Cornell University campus, Cayuga Lake, Myers Park and Salmon Creek, Seneca County, Seneca Lake, Keuka Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Watkins Glen State Park, Sixmile Creek in Ithaca, and more. Photographer Bill Hecht’s views of Taughannock Gorge from the air are incomparable, as are his views of the Cornell campus situated between Fall Creek Gorge and Cascadilla Glen and other aerial vistas around the region. We also visit Cesar Chavez National Monument in California, Fishlake National Forest and Zion National Park in Utah, and Glacier National Park in Montana.

See the show right here!

Or, you can catch the show on Time Warner Cable public access television channel 13 in the Ithaca area:

Thursday,  9:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday,    10:30 a.m.

Tuesday,    8:00 p.m.

It also is shown at other times as the station manager chooses.

Fall at Ithaca Falls

The peak of fall colors is now coming down into the Cayuga Lake valley, including to Ithaca Falls near the mouth of Fall Creek Gorge at the northeast corner of the City of Ithaca. Ithaca Falls is in a beautiful little city park. There is parking nearby and you can reach the base of the falls in a two-minute easy stroll. At 150 feet high and 175 feet wide, Ithaca Falls is larger than any waterfall New England has and is one of the largest waterfalls in New York State. Fall Creek, which tumbles over the cliff here before gliding out across Ithaca to Cayuga Lake, is the largest single tributary to Cayuga Lake, so it makes quite a splash at Ithaca Falls. Fall Creek Gorge forms the northern boundary of the original Cornell University Campus. The gorge upstream from Ithaca Falls is owned and run as a publicly accessible preserve by Cornell Plantations.

The easiest and laziest way to see Ithaca Falls is from the Lake Street bridge 100 yards downstream.

Ithaca Falls at the end of Fall Creek Gorge in Ithaca, NY shows its beauty with the fall colors

Ithaca Falls as viewed from the Lake Street bridge in Ithaca, NY.

But, as you can see, Ithaca Falls is partially obscured by sycamore trees in this view. So, let’s go down by Fall Creek itself.

Ithaca Falls seen from the side of Fall Creek in Ithaca, NY during fall color season

Standing along the bank of Fall Creek, you can get a feel for the Ithaca Falls as part of the stream.

That tree is still in the way! Let’s walk up farther.

Ithaca Falls from the bank of Fall Creek, Ithaca, NY during fall foliage season

Let's walk farther upstream. Now you're talking!

Hey, can you see the Stewart Avenue Bridge back above Fall Creek Gorge, and the Suspension Bridge over the gorge on the Cornell campus beyond that?

Ithaca Falls from the woods along the short trail along Fall Creek Gorge in Ithaca NY during fall color season

To get closer to the falls, you need to walk the short path through the woods.

The path through the woods to the base of Ithaca Falls gives some lovely glimpses of the cataract.

Ithaca Falls is visible from the short trail along Fall Creek in this city park in Ithaca, NY, Finger Lakes region.

Ithaca Falls comes into full view at the end of the path. Do you see the man in this picture? He has not gone all the way to the base of the waterfall.

You can walk right up to the base of the falls, but I didn’t this time. You’ll have to go there and take your own picture. But don’t delay! Colors fade quickly, leaves fall, and winds whip the branches. Winter will come, but Ithaca Falls is crazy beautiful then too! Stay tuned.

Fall foliage along Fall Creek in Ithaca, as it makes its way downstream from Ithaca Falls toward Cayuga Lake

Fall Creek no longer pounds and splashes once it reaches the flats of downtown Ithaca. It has less than a mile remaining in its journey to Cayuga Lake. Where will the water go then?

Back on the downstream side of the Lake Street bridge, Fall Creek displays an entirely different temperament as it ambles across the City of Ithaca to its final destination, Cayuga Lake.

Check back in to this blog toward the end of next week, and I will have video of this scene as part of the next episode in my next Walk in the Park TV series, available on Ithaca’s public access cable channel 13 and online here! To see all of my shows, go to my Walk in the Park YouTube channel. Or go up to the category list in the far upper right of this page and select “Walk in the Park TV Show” to see my blog postings about all the episodes. The current show is “Fillmore Glen State Park.” It’s a good one!

~Tony Ingraham

 

Strolling the Cayuga Trail

 The Cayuga Trail is one of the shorter paths maintained by the Cayuga Trails Club. It begins at the Stewart Avenue Bridge over Fall Creek Gorge just above Ithaca Falls and continues along Fall Creek through the Cornell campus and Cornell Plantations all the way to Varna. 

Cayuga Trail Cornell Ithaca NY hiking

The Cayuga Trail follows the rim of the Fall Creek gorge through the Cornell Campus and beyond. Can you see the orange trail marker on the large oak tree?

 

Cayuga Trail Fall Creek Cornell Plantations Ithaca NY

The Cayuga Trail above the Fall Creek Gorge on the Cornell campus

 

Sunlight on late fall colors above Fall Creek Gorge

Late afternoon sunlight illuminates late fall foliage along the Cayuga Trail above Fall Creek Gorge.

 Above Triphammer Falls and Dam is little Beebe Lake.

Beebe Lake on the Cornell campus, Ithaca, NY

Beebe Lake.

 Beebe Lake closes in to become a small gorge on its eastern end.

 

Waterfall Beebe Lake Cornell Plantations Ithaca NY

The first little waterfall just upstream from Beebe Lake

 Back farther downstream, the Suspension Bridge crosses Fall Creek Gorge, joining the Cornell Arts Quad with the neighborhood on the north side of the chasm. Sorrowfully, in recent years there were several suicides by despairing students who jumped from bridges over gorges on the Cornell campus. Amid much controversy, Cornell administrators decided to put up high fences on the sides of all the bridges over the gorges and along cliffs by the trail.

Suspension bridge over Fall Creek Gorge Cornell Campus Ithaca NY

The Suspension Bridge over Fall Creek Gorge joins the Arts Quad with the Thurston Avenue neighborhood on the north side.

 The fences may have prevented additional distressed students from impulsively “gorging out,” as it used to be called. But they also have put a frustrating aesthetic barrier between pedestrians, motorists and the spectacular beauty the gorges present.

 

Fence on Suspension Bridge over Fall Creek Gorge, Ithaca Falls, Cayuga Lake, Cornell, Ithaca

The fence on the Stewart Avenue bridge over Fall Creek Gorge. Cayuga Lake is in the top distance and the lip of Ithaca Falls is on the bottom.

Cornell plans to install safety nets below most bridges over Cascadilla and Fall Creek gorges near its campus. Hopefully these will be effective for their purpose with minimum obstruction of the views, and will permit the removal of most of the fences. See a TV broadcast about the nets.

Meanwhile, Cornell has become a leader among universities in providing students, faculty, and staff with resources to identify and help students who are at risk of suicide.

See the New York Times article last year about the fences.