North Cascades

Walk in the Park episode 145 takes us to northwest Washington State, into the rugged, glaciated North Cascades Mountains just south of the Canadian border. I spent a week exploring this area in August 2016, including North Cascades National Park, Okonagan National Forest, and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

JWatch this episode on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13, or online right here!

2017 Ithaca channel 13 cablecasts of this episode:

12:30 PM & 9:00 PM Thursday, September 14, 2017

8:30 PM, Friday, September 15

10 AM & 1:30 PM Saturday, September 16

10 AM & 4 PM, Sunday, September 17

11:30 AM & 8 PM Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Walk in the Park is a half-hour public access TV series produced in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

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.

Blue Ridge Parkway, Part 2

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The Blue Ridge Parkway approaches Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

Grandfather Mountain looms above the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

Tony completes his journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway in this episode (#45) of Walk in the Park TV. We enter North Carolina, stopping at Cumberland Knob, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Falls, Mount Mitchell (the highest summit in the East!), Craggy Gardens, and many other sites along the way. Then we return to Virginia, visiting Mabry Mill and Rocky Knob before heading home. Hear the melodious song of the winter wren, see wild rhododendrons in bloom, and find out about the exotic insect pests attacking our eastern hemlocks and the fraser firs of the Black Mountains. Tony shares his observations about driving the Parkway and camping along the way in this national park that is nearly 500 miles long.

*  This is showing today (Saturday, April 5, 2013) and tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13; also on Tuesday, April 9, at 8:00 p.m. The show will repeat on this schedule, beginning Thursday, April 18, at 9:00 p.m. Blue Ridge Parkway, Part 1  will show again on channel 13 beginning Thursday, April 11, at 9:00 p.m. and will continue through the following weekend until Tuesday, April 16. See the full schedule of Ithaca public access shows.

“Walk in the Park”
A richly illustrated look at things happening at parks within and beyond the Finger Lakes region. 30 minutes. Produced by Tony Ingraham of the Town of Ithaca.
Thursdays at 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am, Tuesdays at 8pm on channel 13.

Blue Ridge Parkway, Part 1

In this week’s episode of Walk in the Park (#43, recorded 3/20/13), we celebrate the arrival of the spring equinox and then take a trip last summer on the Blue Ridge Parkway, from its northern end near Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, to the Peaks of Otter in George Washington National Forest. Then we look at the hazards of entering our Finger Lakes gorges too early in the season, including a dramatic video of high water at Buttermilk Falls. Stay tuned for a future episode of Walk in the Park TV where we continue on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Black Mountains of North Carolina and the highest mountain in the eastern U.S.!

You can watch this episode on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13 on Sunday, March 24 at 10:30 a.m. and once more at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26. Or, you can watch it online 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.