Finger Lakes Ice from Above!

Mid-winter has its grip on the Finger Lakes, Cayuga Lake, and their waterfalls, including Ithaca Falls and Taughannock Falls. See views from space, from the air, and from the shores. Dreams and memories of summer are not gone as we visit Watkins Glen State Park and Taughannock Falls State Park. At Taughannock, we look at how the lip of the great waterfall has changed since the 1800s.

This Walk in the Park episode #98 shows on Ithaca cable channels 13 and 97.3 beginning Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 at 9 PM, repeating on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 8 PM.

Or, you can watch it right here anytime!

See all of our episodes, as well as Finger Lakes Park Minutes, on this website.
Produced by Owl Gorge Productions. See our national award winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

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Round Goby

The invasive fish round goby has been found in Cayuga Lake.

This small fish from Eurasia may have a big impact on the ecology of Cayuga Lake. Photo by Nate Tessler, from the Ohio DNR

This small species of fish has been found near Taughannock Falls State Park. Though it may feed some on the invasive zebra mussel, it is not likely to have a significant impact on reducing that species. Instead, it will likely cause a reduction of native fish due to habitat competition and it’s appetite for fish eggs. Find out more in this week’s episode 54 of Walk in the Park TV, here online and on Ithaca’s public access channel 13 (or 97.3), showing at 10:30 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

 

Hydrilla and Round Gobies in Cayuga Lake

Episode 54 of Walk in the Park TV is now showing! See it beginning tonight (Thursday, 9/5/13) at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channel 13 (or 97.3) or right here online!

In our show today:
The aggressive invasive aquatic weed Hydrilla was discovered in Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca a couple of years ago by the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom. A massive effort to control this plant has greatly reduced its numbers, but recently plants were found in nearby Fall Creek and in Cayuga Lake itself near Stewart Park, an alarming development as this plant could threaten to clog shallow waters throughout the Great Lakes basin. Also discovered in Cayuga Lake for the first time is the invasive exotic fish the round goby, seen near Taughannock Point at Taughannock Falls State Park.
Finally, we go back to Stewart Park for the 30th annual Labor Picnic on Labor Day, sponsored by the Mdistate Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and the Tompkins County Worker Center. Heros in the movement to get more employers to pay a living wage in the county were honored. The Evil City String Band put on a little concert.

See the show here now!  (29 minutes)

Flash Flooding Waterfalls, Silent Movies, and Beautiful Gorges

Polished rock layers revealed by Glen Creek in Watkins Glen State Park

The rocky banks of Glen Creek have been polished by countless flash floods over the millennia in "Glen Alpha," the first section of the gorge in Watkins Glen State Park past the Main Entrance. Photo by Nigel Peterson Benson Kent.

In this episode (#53) of Walk in the Park TV, we see more photos and footage (thanks to “Acorn Place“) of the August 9 flash flood on Ithaca’s waterfalls, including the swimming area at the Lower Falls at Robert H. Treman State Park and Taughannock Falls at Taughannock Falls State Park. We also take a look at the 3rd annual “Movie Under the Stars” at Taughannock Falls State Park; seeing clips from the silent film, “The Lottery Man,” made at the Wharton Studios in what is now Stewart Park in Ithaca nearly a century ago; presented by the Ithaca Motion Picture Project. Finally, we see three short “Park Minute” videos I made about Watkins Glen State Park, accompanied by beautiful photographs by Nigel Peterson Benson Kent.

You can watch this show this week (8/29/13-9/3/13) on Ithaca, NY’s public access TV channel 13 (or 97.3) during the schedule listed on our TV Show page.

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January Thaw and Deer Hunting!

This week’s new Walk in the Park TV episode, is here online and on Ithaca, NY’s cable public access channel 13. Watch it tonight (Thursday, 1/17) at 9:00 p.m. or at one of the other times indicated below, or watch it below right here.

The snows of late December yielded to the thaw of early January around Ithaca, NY and the Finger Lakes region. Nowhere has it been more dramatically demonstrated than at roaring Ithaca Falls. We take a short video trip around the cataract from several perspectives to marvel at its power and beauty. Then we go for a walk on the Cayuga Waterfront Trail at Allan H. Treman State Marine Park in Ithaca along Cayuga Inlet and the ice-free shore of Cayuga Lake. And with the snow gone, we look into the gorge at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

But one has to be careful in the woods around Ithaca this January with the DEC’s experimental Deer Management Focus Area in central Tompkins County, where hunting of “antlerless” deer is permitted (with a permit) through the rest of the month. Special guest commentator, the backwoods curmudgeon philosopher Ichabod, sounds off about “Too Many Deer!” (The views and opinions expressed by this character are not necessarily those of this program, Channel 13, or Time Warner Cable!)

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Episode 34 of the Ithaca, NY public access TV series, Walk in the Park, produced by Tony Ingraham. See all episodes online on my vidblog. Copyright 2013 Owl Gorge Productions.

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Winter Arrives in the Finger Lakes

Two snowstorms left more than a foot on the hills, fields, towns, and gorges around Ithaca, NY, as winter began at the end of 2012. Join host Tony Ingraham in this first episode of 2013 in his public access cable TV series, “Walk in the Park.” Go on a video visit to Taughannock Falls accompanied by Duke Koistra’s ethereal piece, “First Snow.” See photographer Deanna Stickler Laurentz’s pictures of a beaver feeding along the bank of Fall Creek on January 6. Travel into winter in Ingraham’s video, “Winter Water,” visiting Buttermilk Falls, Taughannock Falls, Ithaca Falls, Cayuga Lake, and Watkins Glen State Park. Hear about the award-winning documnentary, “Chasing Ice.” Learn about the extra deer hunting season that began today and will continue until the end of January in the state’s new Deer Management Focus Area in Tompkins County surrounding Ithaca. See more Walk in the Park episodes and short videos.

This is episode 33, recorded on January 9 at PEGASYS public access TV studios in Ithaca, NY. Walk in the Park appears on Ithaca’s cable access channel 13 on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., and at other times of the station manager’s choosing. As of this posting, the next showings of this episode will be tomorrow, Sunday, January 13 at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesday, January 15, at 8:00 p.m. Or, watch it right here!

 

Jobs in Parks

For the second year, I was asked to come to DeWitt Middle School in Ithaca to be a speaker during their “Looking to the Future Day,” their annual career day for 8th grade students. So, on November 30, I used my Powerpoint to explain the broad range of parks, preserves, and similar sites and organizations where one might pursue a career in “Parks and Recreation.” After fumbling for several minutes with wires, I hooked up a lapel mike to myself and started my video camera and recorded my talk for Walk in the Park TV (episode 31). Later, I exported all the Powerpoint slides as jpegs and then imported them into my video editor to illustrate my talk. 95% of the show is the slides with my voice beneath, while I navigate across each image on the screen as I discuss the topic. This is essentially a version of a talk I gave at Wells College last winter. You may find it interesting. It also is being shown on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13, with airings scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, each day at 10:30 a.m., and finally on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., though the station manager does show it at other times as well.

Below is my description of my talk for the students when they signed up for it:

Mary is a bookkeeper, Doug is a carpenter, Jane is a Jack-of-all-trades, Mike likes working with people, Brittany loves hiking, Sam loves landscaping, Jody loves kids, and Jorge is interested in law enforcement. Which among them could find a satisfying career in parks and recreation?

All of them.

It takes a broad team of professions to run a park, or a park system. Parks are natural places, but parks serve people. Every park has to strike a balance between preserving nature and making it accessible, safe, and enjoyable for the public. There is a career for you in parks and recreation, whether you are purchasing land, making a landscape plan, mowing lawns, or training staff; or constructing and maintaining park trails, roads, campgrounds, buildings, swimming areas, boat launches and marinas, golf courses, and playgrounds; or conducting nature education activities, running a concert series, staffing a recreation center, designing publications and exhibits; or managing a payroll, personnel records, grant writing, or secretarial and administrative work. If you want to be a biologist, geologist, historian, or biological technician, there are jobs in parks and recreation.

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).

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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, 10:00 a.m.

Sunday,    10:00 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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