Big Trees!

Everybody loves trees, especially large trees. This time (Walk in the Park episode 154), we’ll look at some big trees in New York State, and consider the NY State Big Tree Register where all the champion trees are listed. Then we go to California to look at some really big trees, giant sequoias in the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. Watch it here online or on Ithaca cable TV at the following times:

9 PM Thursday, July 6, 2017

10 AM & 7:30 PM Saturday

10 AM & 7:30 Sunday

9:00 AM Monday

8 PM Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios, public access television in 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.

Ithaca MLK Day, and Climbing El Capitan

The Rob Licht sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. current resides in DeWitt Park, in Ithaca, NY. It will be returned to the west end of the Ithaca Commons when the Commons reconstruction is complete, where the sculpture will serve as the focal point for Ithaca's MLK Freedom Walkway. Photo by Elizabeth Bauman

The Rob Licht sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. currently resides in DeWitt Park, in Ithaca, NY. It will be returned to the west end of the Ithaca Commons when the Commons reconstruction is complete, where the sculpture will serve as the focal point for Ithaca’s MLK Freedom Walkway. Photo by Elizabeth Bauman

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Ithaca, NY; Ithaca’s Martin Luther King Freedom Walkway; Climbers conquer El Capitan in Yosemite National Park; Thomas HIll, Yosemite landscape painter. All this and more in this episode (#96) of Walk in the Park. Showing on Ithaca, NY cable channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursday, January 22, at 9 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM both days; and finally on Tuesday, January 27, at 8 PM.

OR WATCH IT RIGHT HERE ANYTIME!

Watch other episodes of Walk in the Park,  and our series Finger Lakes Park Minute.

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.

 

Big Cliffs!

Rock climbers on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, California

Climbers at El Capitan in Yosemite National Park viewed from the Valley Floor. The image was taken by “Brocken Inaglory.”

Walk in the Park episode 82. From the cliffs of the gorges of the Finger Lakes of New York, to the Adirondack Mountains, to the most famous cliffs in America in Yosemite National Park in California, join me, Tony Ingraham, in this packed episode of Walk in the Park, recorded in Ithaca, NY, at PEGASYS Studios on July 30, 2014. See rock climbers tackle the most challenging precipices in the nation, while ordinary hikers climb the cables up the back side of Half Dome, rising nearly a mile above Yosemite Valley.

Watch it below online or on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channels 13 or 97.3 according to this schedule: Thursday, 7/31/14 at 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 8/2/14, at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8/3/14, at 10:30 a.m.; or Tuesday, 8/5/14, at 8:00 p.m.

Or anytime right here!

Hanging Valley Waterfalls

Taughannock Falls

Taughannock Falls

Many if not most of our waterfalls in the Finger Lakes of New York can be classified as occurring in “hanging valleys.” That is, they have formed where gorges drop into larger valleys that were greatly deepened by the passage of glaciers; hence these side valley gorges were left suspended, or “hanging,” above these main glacial troughs. In this episode of Walk in the Park (#81, recorded on July 16, 2014 at PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca, NY), we look at the hanging valley waterfalls along the southern end of the Cayuga Lake valley near Ithaca, NY. Then we compare them with two of the most famous hanging waterfalls in the United States–Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall in Yosemite National Park. We conclude with a beautiful video about Yosemite Falls produced by the Yosemite Conservancy in their Yosemite Nature Notes series.

You can watch this episode beginning tonight (Thursday, 7/17/14) at 9:00 p.m. on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3. It will show again on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and finally next Tuesday, 7/22, at 8:00 p.m.

Or, you can watch it right here anytime!

Park Minute: Yosemite Falls!

Yosemite Falls in California is the highest waterfall in North America, with a total fall of 2,425 feet. This Park Minute (#19) shows the great falls from a number of gorgeous perspectives. Yosemite National Park celebrates its 150 anniversary as a park this summer, since the signing of the Yosemite Grant by President Abraham Lincoln on June 30, 1864.

Find out more about Yosemite National Park in our Ithaca, NY public access TV series episode of Walk in the Park.

Park Minute is produced and published by Owl Gorge Productions (http://owlgorge.com) in Ithaca, NY. See our national award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park.

See more Park Minutes.

The Conservation Legacy of John Muir

John Muir, American conservationist

John Muir in 1907

John Muir was one of our earliest, most famous, and most effective advocates for the preservation of wilderness. His efforts in California in the late 1800s helped protect Yosemite Valley and led to the creation of Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks. President Theodore Roosevelt sought his counsel. John Muir was a founder of the Sierra Club, one of America’s oldest and most powerful conservation organizations. And some have called Muir the “Father of the National Park Service.”

John Muir’s biographer, Steven J. Holmes, wrote, “Muir has profoundly shaped the very categories through which Americans understand and envision their relationships with the natural world.”

Our current episode of Walk in the Park (#80, beginning showing tonight, 7/3/14, at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3) features the National Park Service biography film, “John Muir: A Glorious Legacy.” Showings will repeat this weekend on both days at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude on Tuesday, July 8, at 8:00 p.m.

For those who can’t or don’t wish to watch this on Ithaca cable TV, I have included “John Muir: A Glorious Legacy” embedded below, in two parts.

Part 1

Part 2

By the way, our national award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE, is being reprinted now. Preliminary copies will be delivered to the Watkins Glen State Park gift shop today. Find out more.

Yosemite National Park

If you know Ithaca, NY you know we have amazing waterfalls! Well in our current episode (#79) of Walk in the Park on Ithaca’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3, we go to the premier place in North America for waterfalls–Yosemite National Park in California’s Sierra Nevada; which celebrates its 150th anniversary as a park on Monday, June 30, 2014! Ithaca cable TV showings will repeat on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and finally on Tuesday, July 1, at 8:00, on channels 13 and 97.3. Or, you can watch it online anytime right here!