When Cayuga Froze Over

Walk in the Park encore episode 100, from March 2015, now playing.

Two years ago, we had the coldest February on record in the Finger Lakes region and most of the lakes froze over. The larger lakes, Cayuga and Seneca, rarely freeze over due to their relatively high volume and depth. In 2015, Cayuga Lake froze over almost completely, for the first time since 1979. Here’s the story! You can watch it online here and on Ithaca, NY public access TV channel 13, on the following schedule:

Thursday, February 2, 9:00 PM

Friday, February 3, 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Sunday, February 5, 10:00 AM

Monday, February 6, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 7, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

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.

Cayuga Trail

We begin this episode (#140) of Walk in the Park with a look at a dramatic section of the Cayuga Trail where it is perched on high bluffs over Fall Creek in Varna, east of the Cornell Campus. We are in a Cornell Plantations Natural Area.

We also look at some wildflowers at Buttermilk Falls State Park, the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network procession in the Ithaca Festival Parade (including Tony Ingraham as the Hydrilla Godzilla!), and finally jump over to Watkins Glen State Park and look at some of its exceptional scenery.

You can watch this episode online below anytime, or catch it on Ithaca cable channel 13:

Saturday, June 18, 2016, at 10:00 AM and 7:30 PM

Sunday, June 19, 10:00 AM

Monday, June 20, 9:30 PM

Tuesday, June 21, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series produced at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Take a look on the website at his national-award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Hydrilla Godzilla

in 2011, the extremely aggressive invasive aquatic weed Hydrilla was discovered in Cayuga Inlet. Since then, there has been a vigorous and intelligent campaign to control and eradicate this pest that potentially could spread throughout much of the state, permanently clogging waterways and causing enormous economic and ecological damage. In this episode of Walk in the Park, Hilary Lambert of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network explains the Hydrilla issue and what has been done to date in the southern Cayuga Lake area. Ms. Lambert gave this presentation at the Ithaca, NY U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary station on February 27, 2016, as part of a workshop called “Caring for Cayuga.” You can find out more about the Hydrilla issue at Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, at the Stop Hydrilla Taskforce  and at the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom.

Watch this episode (139) on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 (and 97.1) or online right here! Cablecast schedule:

9 PM, Thursday, June 2, 10 AM Sat. & Sun., and 8 PM Tuesday June 7. Or watch it now here!

Walk in the Park is a non-commercial public access TV series produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions.
Photo: The junction of Cascadilla Creek (lower left) and Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca, where Hydrilla was discovered by the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom nearly five years ago. The Ithaca Farmers’ Market is left of center. By Bill Hecht.

Gorges in Stereo

In this week’s episode (#124, Jan. 6, 2016) of Walk in the Park, we visit several area gorges and compare photos taken for tourist stereographs with modern pictures, getting some insights into the histories of these scenic locations.

You can watch this episode here anytime or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 (and 97.1) at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and finally at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.

We visit Buttermilk Falls State Park, Fall Creek Gorge, Watkins Glen State Park, Havana Glen Park in Montour Falls. We also look at some silent film footage taken 100 years ago by the Wharton Studios at what is now Stewart Park in Ithaca in the marshlands formerly at the south end of Cayuga Lake. (Courtesy of Ithaca Made Movies). Then we look at three short videos of the Delaware Bay, Virginia Beach, and Jones Beach on Long Island.

Produced for Ithaca, NY area public access television cablecast on Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1). See the schedule on our video blog  and the schedule for all ithaca public access shows.
Produced at PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Power of the Sun

In this episode of Walk in the Park (#122), we look again at the rise and setting of the sun, and then delve into the surge in solar power. We also explore a wild, undeveloped gorge in the western Finger Lakes. Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. See our video blog. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY, cablecast on Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1). See the cablecast schedule.

Sunrise, Sunset

Inspired by watching the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean for several days, I began photographing sunrises and sunsets near Ithaca, NY. Join me in celebrating the rise and fall of our favorite star in this episode 120 of Walk in the Park. Watch it on Ithaca cable channel 13 (and 97.1) on Thursday, 11/26, at 9:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. Or watch it here online anywhere, anytime!

Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS public access TV studio, Ithaca, NY.

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Cayuga Waterfront Trail Celebration

On August 30, 2015, two parades of musicians marched from Stewart Park on Cayuga Lake and the Ithaca Children’s Garden in Cass Park along Cayuga Inlet in Ithaca, NY and met at the Ithaca Farmers Market. They were celebrating the completion of the final stage of the Cayuga Waterfront Trail which winds six miles and took fourteen years to complete. Watch the fun and celebration of this great community resource!

See Walk in the Park episode 115 on Ithaca Time Warner Cable Channel 13 at 9 PM Thursday, 9/29/16, 10 AM on Saturday and Sunday, and at 8 PM on Tuesday, October 4. Or watch it right here anytime!

Produced by Owl Gorge Productions. See our books about Ithaca and about Watkins Glen State Park! And about Tux the Cat!

Ithaca Boat Tour on Cayuga Lake

Take a virtual tour of the south end of Cayuga Lake on the MV Haendel with Ithaca Boat Tours, complete with plenty of visualizations, video, historic photos, and more! Watch it here online, or on TV in the Ithaca, NY area.

Explore the geology, history, and ecology of Cayuga Lake, longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in central New York State. Steamboats, railroads, glaciers, waterfalls, cliffs, ancient oceans, mountains, fish, invasive species, state parks, lakeshore hotel, Ezra Cornell, lighthouses, water birds, gorges, rockslides, floods, fires, the Erie Canal, and more!

This is episode 111 of Walk in the Park, our weekly public access TV show on Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.3 in Ithaca, NY. See our weekly schedule. And see all of our episodes on this video blog.
Produced by Owl Gorge Productions, copyright 2015. See our books about Watkins Glen State Park and about Ithaca.