Dry Gorges

The Finger Lakes region is in a severe drought, and it is reflected in our forests, fields, streams, wells, and in our parks. Taughannock Falls is nearly dry. Buttermilk Falls is nearly dry. But our gorges still are beautiful, as they reveal their amazing, polished, rocky bones, and quiet, reflective pools. We look at several gorges this week. And videographer and musician Tom Baker takes us to the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park.

This episode of Walk in the Park (#143) will be cablecast on Ithaca TV channel 13 at 9 PM Thursday, July 28; 10 AM both Saturday and Sunday; and finally at 8 PM, Tuesday, August 2, 2016. And you can watch it ONLINE RIGHT HERE anytime, anywhere.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television show in Ithaca, NY, and is produced at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable.

Produced by Tony Ingraham, owner of Owl Gorge Productions. See my beautiful, award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Taughannock Landslide

Episode 142 of Walk in the Park. Watch it here online or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times in 2017:

Thursday, April 6, 9:00 PM

Friday, 7:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Monday, 9:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Tuesday, April 11, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

An area known as “Big Bend” along the Gorge Trail on the way to Taughannock Falls (in Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, NY) is prone to massive rockslides. This summer, state park officials decided to pre-empt the next big slide by bringing it down in a controlled way. It required closing the gorge for about a month and excluding the public from the danger involved in the work. In this episode of Walk in the Park, we look at the geology behind these rockslides and explain what was done in this extraordinary case of “scaling.”

We also visit the upper gorge at Robert H. Treman State Park to learn more about the geology of our gorges that affect the behavior of their cliffs. Finally, the new visitor center at the Falls Overlook at Taughannock Falls State Park opened this week.
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Glen Reflections

Walk in the Park episode 141 now showing here online and on Ithaca, NY area public access TV channel 13:  9 PM Thursday, July 7, 2016; 10 AM Saturday and Sunday; 8 PM Tuesday, July 12.

Or online here anytime!

There is not a lot of water on our waterfalls during the current moderate drought in the Finger Lakes right now. But our gorges are still worth visiting for the beautiful reflections in the quiet rock pools in the gorges. In the first half of this episode of Walk in the Park (#141), we walk through the Glen Facility and Frowning Cliff sections of the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park. We follow this with some 19th century images of the glen before it was a park, including the Glen Mountain House hotel, the Swiss Chalet, the 1872 Suspension Bridge (which is still there and still used today to cross the gorge). Then we jump over to Taughannock Falls State Park and consider some 19th century photos of the two hotels that are long gone. Special treat: a photo of “Rock Avenue,” a footbridge and stairways that crossed Taughannock Gorge above the falls.

We also include our newest “Park Minute” at Stewart Park in Ithaca.

We finish up with a brief discussion of the status of the bills introduced to both houses of Congress proposing the creation of a Finger Lakes National Heritage Area, to be added to the 49 other National Heritage Areas across America.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series on Time Warner Cable channel 13. Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.
Take a look at our award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Rock Falls at Taughannock Falls

​Taller than Niagara, 215-feet-high Taughannock Falls in Taughannock Falls State Park on the west side of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region lies at the head of a rugged canyon with walls nearly 400 feet high. And huge chunks of stone may plummet without warning into the rocky bowl that surrounds this towering cataract. Why is this waterfall higher than all others in the region? And when did the most famous rockfall occur that changed the look of the falls forever? Find out in this episode (#133) of Walk in the Park.
Watch right here online or on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) at the following times:

Thursday, April 14     9:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM

Tuesday, April 19       8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY, produced at PEGASYS Studios by Tony Ingraham. Take a look at my award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Changing Taughannock Falls

215-feet-high Taughannock Falls is one of the scenic gems of New York’s Finger Lakes region. In this episode (132) of Walk in the Park, we see how Taughannock Falls changes during a day, during a season, during drought and high water, during history, and even during geologic time.

You can watch this episode here online (immediately below) or on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) at the following times:

9:00 pm, Thursday, April 7

10:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10

8:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 12

Or right here anytime, anywhere!

Walk in the Park is a half-hour public access TV series in Ithaca, NY.
Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca, NY.
See our national-award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park.

Digging up NYC’s First Homeless Shelter; and the African Burial Ground

This episode of Walk in the Park (#128) continues our presentation, “Digging in the Big and Little Apples,” from last episode (“Digging up a Ship”). Watch it online here or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 (and 97.1) 9 PM Thursday, Feb. 4, 10 AM Sat. & Sun., and finally 8 PM, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Or watch it here anytime, anywhere!

Cornell archeologist Sherene Baugher tells us more about her years as the first NYC archeologist. This time, she talks about the “deserving poor” and “undeserving poor” in 18th century NYC and what was learned from their archeological dig of the old Alms House under City Hall. Then she takes us to the discovery of the African Burial Ground, now a National Monument. We finish this episode with a look at 19th century stereographs of sites at Taughannock Falls and Buttermilk Falls State Parks near Ithaca, NY.

In Part 3 of “Digging in the Big and Little Apples,” in our next episode of Walk in the Park, we will conclude Dr. Baugher’s presentation with the digging up of a 19th century hamlet at Robert H. Treman State Park. Her entire presentation took place on January 24, 2016 in Ithaca, NY, and was sponsored by the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios for public access television in Ithaca, NY.

Taughannock Roars!

Thaw and heavy rain brought 215-feet-high Taughannock Falls to life, roaring with brown water on its way to Cayuga Lake. In this episode (#125) of Walk in the Park, we take a virtual walk up the gorge to the big show at the falls.

Watch it here online or on Ithaca, NY area cable TV channel 13 (and 97.1). First cablecast is 9 PM Thursday, January 14, 2016; then on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM; finally at 8 PM Tuesday, January 19.

Then we go to Buttermilk Falls State Park and do another virtual walk on a loop around the Rim Trail, by the gorge of Buttermilk Glen. We also take a look at January deer hunting in the “Deer Management Focus Area” in Tompkins County. Finally, we report on the record January count of bald eagles at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge at the north end of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region.
Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Walk in the Park is our public access television series in Ithaca, NY, cablecast on channels 13 and 97.1. See all of our episodes and short videos on our vidblog.

Look at our national award winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Gorges in Autumn

Walk in the Park episode 118. Watch it on TV or right here online. On Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) it will be cablecast on Thursday, 10/22/15, at 9 PM; on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM; and on Tuesday, 10/27, at 8 PM. Or right here anytime, anywhere!

As the world rolls into autumn in the northern hemisphere, so does our local landscape, including our fabulous gorges of the Finger Lakes in New York. We visit Cascadilla Glen, Ithaca Falls, Buttermilk Creek, the Entrance Gorge of Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park, and Taughannock Falls. Ithaca is Gorges at any time of year, but some of our gorges will close for the winter. We also look at fall from the air (courtesy of Bill Hecht) at Long Point State Park near Aurora on the east shore of Cayuga Lake and Myers Point Park in Lansing.

Produced for Ithaca public access television at PEGASYS studios by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions .

Pinnacles and Pools

Walk in the Park episode 116, showing here online; and on Ithaca, NY area Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.1, beginning 9:00 Thursday evening, 9/17/15. See the full cablecast schedule.

In this episode of Walk in the Park, we move around various parks, beginning with Central Cascade in Watkins Glen State Park; then we look at joints, cliffs, an arch, and the beginnings of a pinnacle in Devil’s Kitchen in Robert H. Treman State Park; we visit Pinnacle Rock and its accompanying unusual rock pool in Buttermilk Glen in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca; and then we pop to Taughannock Falls State Park and we compare the big falls to an even bigger one that looks much like it! We also watch and listen to Ithaca singer-songwriters Susan Lytle and Will Fudeman sing and play one of their favorites at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

Walk in the Park episode 116, produced in PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca NY . Produced by Owl Gorge Productions. See our books about Ithaca and Watkins Glen State Park, and Tux the Cat!

Songs, Falls, and Gorges

Episode 112 of Walk in the Park takes us to upper Buttermilk Falls State Park where singer-songwriters Will Fudeman and Susan Lytle perform several songs in the outdoors. We also take a Park Minute to look at the mountain maple in the gorge. Then we’re off to Taughannock Falls overlook and to explain where a lesser known, more wild and intimate overlook to the falls is along the North Rim Trail. And we look at another of the 37 “Grand Canyons” in America, this time Chesterfield Gorge in Massachusetts.

Watch it all here online or on Ithaca Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.3 beginning 9:00 tonight and continuing for the next week.

Produced by Tony Ingraham, copyright 2015, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY