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.

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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.

 

Prayer Walk for Seneca Lake

In this episode of Walk in the Park, in late August, 2015, we follow a group of “Nibi Walkers” on their three day march around Seneca Lake, the largest and deepest of the eleven Finger Lakes in central New York State.

You can watch it online on this page or on TV! This episode will premier tonight (Thursday, 9/3/15) at 9:00 on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable Channels 13 & 97.1, and it will repeat on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM and finally on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 8 PM.

Famed Ojibwe water walker (or Nibi Walker), Sharon Day, from Minnesota leads the group in Native American prayers meant to protect this water from a huge liquified petroleum gas (LPG) storage depot in abandoned salt mines on the shore of Seneca Lake very near Watkins Glen at the lake’s southern end. We follow their progress from Watkins Glen to Geneva on the northern end of the lake, stopping to discuss the issues along the way. The walkers carry a pail of sacred water from Clute Park in Watkins Glen at the lake’s southern end all the way around the lake and return it to the lake in Watkins Glen once more, a total circuit of 80 miles! To find out more about the public outcry against Crestwood Corporation’s gas plant, see Gas Free Seneca. Find out more about Native American water prayer walks or Nibi Walks.

Walk in the Park episode 114. See all of our episodes.
Produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions. See our books about Watkins Glen State Park and Ithaca!

Ithaca Boat Tour on Cayuga Lake

Take a virtual tour of the south end of Cayuga Lake on the MV Haendel with Ithaca Boat Tours, complete with plenty of visualizations, video, historic photos, and more! Watch it here online, or on TV in the Ithaca, NY area.

Explore the geology, history, and ecology of Cayuga Lake, longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in central New York State. Steamboats, railroads, glaciers, waterfalls, cliffs, ancient oceans, mountains, fish, invasive species, state parks, lakeshore hotel, Ezra Cornell, lighthouses, water birds, gorges, rockslides, floods, fires, the Erie Canal, and more!

This is episode 111 of Walk in the Park, our weekly public access TV show on Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.3 in Ithaca, NY. See our weekly schedule. And see all of our episodes on this video blog.
Produced by Owl Gorge Productions, copyright 2015. See our books about Watkins Glen State Park and about Ithaca.

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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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.

Watch the show on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channels 13 and 97.3.

Or watch it right here online anytime!

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.

Take a look at our popular books about Ithaca and Watkins Glen State Park!

Falls and Lakes

On TV, and online right here!

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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How Much Did Cayuga Lake Freeze?

February 2015 was the coldest month on record in the Ithaca area, in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region. And this winter was the first time Cayuga Lake came close to freezing over end-to-end since 1979. And from many perspectives on this lake that stretches beyond anyone’s horizon, at least while they are standing on the ground, Cayuga Lake did appear to be totally covered by a layer of ice, however thick or thin. In this 100th episode of Walk in the Park, let’s take a look at the evidence of Cayuga Lake’s freeze, from land and sky, and even from space!

This episode of Walk in the Park will continue showing this Saturday and Sunday morning at 10 AM on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channels 13 and 97,3, and finally on Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, at 8 PM. And you can watch it right here online at any time!

Have you seen our new e-book edition of our popular book, ITHACA–the CITY, GORGES, and COLLEGES? And our national-award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN–WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE?