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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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.

Six Mile Source

In this episode (#136) of Walk in the Park, we take a two-mile hike at the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Roy H. Park Preserve and Hammond Hill State Forest in Dryden, looking at the works of beavers and the changing forest near the headwaters of Six Mile Creek, the City of Ithaca’s water supply. But first we swing from a rope on the cliffs of Watkins Glen State Park with one of its “scalers.” And we walk the street in Ithaca’s Streets Alive Festival. And we are pleased to learn of the creation of the Harriet Tubman Home National Historical Park in Auburn. And finally, we look at a few of the trees and wildflowers along the creek in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY.

You can watch this episode on Ithaca cable channel 13 (and 97.1) beginning 9 PM tonight (Thursday, May 5, 2016) and repeating Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM and finally 8 PM Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

Or you can watch it right here anytime, anywhere!

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, for cablecast on public access television in Ithaca, NY, May 5, 2016.

Ready for Spring!

Are you ready for spring? Because it’s happening! In this episode of Walk in the Pari (#135), I’ll show you a few spring wildflowers coming up. Naturalist, educator, and song writer Becca Harber will sing her inspiring “Spring O Spring” at Buttermilk Falls State Park. We’ll watch “scalers” at Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY remove winter-loosened rock from the huge cliff above Lucifer Falls. And Gene Little of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will explain a new “Clean, Drain, and Dry” law in New York that will cut down on the spread of invasive species in our waterways.

You can watch this half hour episode right here (below) streaming online anytime, or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 (and 97.1) at the following times in 2017:

9:00 PM, Thursday, April 27, 2017

10:00 AM & 7:00 PM, Saturday

10:00 AM & 4:00 PM, Sunday

8:30 PM, Monday

8:00 PM, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show produced by Tony Ingraham at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY.

See our books at Owl Gorge Productions

National Park Week!

2016 was the centennial year for the creation of the National Park Service and April 15-23, 2017 is “National Park Week” when admission to all of our national parks is free! Did you know that there are three National Park units in the Cayuga Lake watershed area? In this episode (#134) of Walk in the Park, we’ll explore them and then go out on trails. You can watch this show on Ithaca area TV (see the schedule below) or right here online anytime, anywhere in the embedded video right here.

In 2017, you can watch it on Ithaca, NY area cable TV channel 13 (and 97.1) on the following schedule:

Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Monday at 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series produced at PEGASYS studios of Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Watkins Glen Resident Artist, Capt. James Hope, Part 1

From 1872 until his death in 1892, landscape artist Capt. James Hope had an art gallery next to the gorge of Watkins Glen. A lesser known figure of the Hudson River School of landscape painters, Hope captured the beauty of the glen on his canvases and realized his life’s dream of supporting himself and his family with his landscape art. Tony Ingraham tells the first half of this story in this episode of Walk in the Park (#130). Next episode will complete the tale. Tony originally gave this illustrated presentation in February to an audience at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, NY.

You can watch this episode on Ithaca, NY public access television channel 13 (and 97.1) according to the schedule below. Or you can watch it online anywhere, anytime right here!

Ithaca cable channel 13 (and 97.1) cablecasts of this episode (155) of Walk in the Park:

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Produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS studios, Ithaca, NY

Ice and High Water! Finger Lakes Park Minute 55

As winter winds down and we have occasional spring-like days, the temptation to venture onto closed gorge trails in the Finger Lakes is great. But it can be very dangerous, as this short Finger Lakes Park Minute shows. This video is published in memory of Bill Chapin, an Ithaca College safety officer and seasonal NY State Park Police patrolman who died thirty years ago when he slid into raging gorge water while he was trying to rescue a young man trapped on the ice above the torrent, at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY.

See this Finger Lakes Park Minute #55 and the rest of this series right here!

Produced by Owl Gorge Productions.

Rim to Rim Grand Canyon Hike

This week’s Walk in the Park is an encore episode (#36) from three years ago, and it’s a good one! Tammy Lovell and Jim Rundle of Ithaca fulfill their dream of walking across the Grand Canyon! You can watch it on Ithaca cable TV (schedule below), or you can click on this photograph to watch it online anytime.

Heading from the Colorado River toward the South Rim on the Bright Angel Trail.

Heading from the Colorado River toward the South Rim on the Bright Angel Trail.

Watch this episode on Ithaca Time Warner Cable public access channel 13 (and 97.1) at

9 PM Thursday, February 8, 2016

10 AM Saturday and Sunday

8 PM Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

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.