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.

 

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 Thursday 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.

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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, 10:00 a.m.

Sunday,    10:00 a.m.

Tuesday,    8:00 p.m.

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

Spring Wildflowers!

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The perennial forest wildflower hepatica is one of the earliest to emerge in the spring, sending up its flowers before its new leaves. These pushed aside dead leaves in early April on a ridge in Buttermilk Falls State Park, but many were seen during March this year. Hepatica are finished blooming now in most locations in the area, though in a normal spring they still would be blooming.

People who watch woodland spring wildflowers are amazed at how early they have emerged this season with the record warm temperatures. There is a progression of species from March into June and we are well underway with the parade. Watch this one-minute video for an introduction to our spring wildflowers, featuring representatives from Buttermilk Falls State Park and Sixmile Creek Natural Area in Ithaca, NY.

Sixmile from Edna’s Bench

Despite wind and rain recently, trees in the Sixmile Creek Natural Area in Ithaca still held  their autumn leaves today.

This is the view of the “Lower Reservoir” from the Edna Clausen memorial stone bench. Edna and her husband Robert (a well-known Cornell plant taxonomist who was, in his time, perhaps the person most knowlegeable of native plants of the region) lived next to the Sixmile Creek preserve. After Dr. Clausen’s passing, Edna continued her love of and advocacy for the beauty and ecology of this nature preserve that extends far into the City of Ithaca.

The Lower Reservoir is held back by “Second Dam.” This artificial lake no longer serves as the city’s water supply. Another half mile or so upstream is Third Dam which impounds the Upper Reservoir which is the city’s current water source.

"Second Dam" holds back the water of the Lower Reservoir, as seen from a path along the rim of the gorge that extends downstream from the dam.