Fillmore Glen State Park

“Ithaca is Gorges” they say in this town at the south end of Cayuga Lake. But there are lots of other beautiful gorges in New York’s Finger Lakes region, including Fillmore Glen by the little village of Moravia in Cayuga County south of Owasco Lake, the next Finger Lake to the east of Cayuga Lake. This lush and scenic gorge is preserved in Fillmore Glen State Park, due to the efforts of Dr. Charles Atwood, a local physician and amateur botanist, who advocated for its protection and establishment of the park in the 1920s. The new episode of “Walk in the Park,” our public access TV show in the Ithaca area, features Fillmore Glen with photographs and video taken recently.

Fillmore Glen State Park waterfall Gorge Trail Moravia, NY Cayuga County

A small waterfall about a mile up the Gorge Trail in Fillmore Glen

Fillmore Glen is named for Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States, who was born in 1800 in a cabin a few miles east of the park. He was the first “log cabin president” and the first president born in the nineteenth century. He was also the first president who rose from modest means to the middle class. Find out more about Millard Fillmore in our Walk in the Park video episode, “Fillmore Glen State Park.”

Official White House painting of President Millard Fillmore

Official White House painting of President Millard Fillmore, by G.P.A. Healy 1857

The climax of Fillmore Glen, and also the part most easily viewed, is the Cowsheds, a waterfall, rock amphitheater, and overhanging rock formation just a short walk from the picnic pavilion and swimming area in the mouth of the gorge.

Waterfall Cowsheds Fillmore Glen State Park gorge Moravia, NY, Cayuga County, Finger Lakes

The Cowsheds is the scenic star of Fillmore Glen.

In the photograph above, large slabs of limestone have fallen from the overhanging roof-like ledge up to the left. Freezing, thawing, wetting, drying, and high water have weathered and eroded out the Cowsheds.

For a full photo essay see our earlier posting, Fillmore Glen in Fall.

Our show on PEGASYS, “Fillmore Glen State Park,” also includes scenery from Cayuga Lake, Lick Brook Glen, Buttermilk Falls State Park, and culminates with photographs and video of fall foliage in Fall Creek Gorge, Ithaca Falls, and Cascadilla Glen in Ithaca and next to Cornell University. Watch our show on Ithaca’s cable access channel 13 at the schedule below or right here online.

View over Ithaca Falls and the city of Ithaca

Looking over Ithaca Falls and the city

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This episode, “Fillmore Glen State Park,” will premier on Ithaca’s channel 13 this evening at 9:00 p.m. It will be shown again according to the following schedule.

Walk in the Park, the TV show, airs weekly on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13:

Thursday,  9:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday,    10:30 a.m.

Tuesday,    8:00 p.m.

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

Walk in the Park, TV Episode 23

Old grist mill in upper Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY

The Old Mill in upper Robert H. Treman State Park is the location of exhibits about the mill, the Hamlet of Enfield Falls, and the CCC camp.

Recorded Oct. 3, 2012 at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY. See it online here or on Ithaca’s public access TV channel 13 during the schedule below.

This time, we go to Heritage Day in the upper part of Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca. Put on annually by the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park, Heritage Day celebrates the rich history of the former Hamlet of Enfield Falls, which was, in the 19th century, an “agricultural service hamlet” with  mills, a blacksmith shop, a general store, and the Enfield Falls Hotel, a small tourist hotel for people coming to see the falls, now known as Lucifer Falls, in the gorge nearby, and forerunner to the state park.

House in former Hamlet of Enfield Falls, Robert H. Treman State Park, Ithaca, NY, history

Old photograph of one of the former houses in the Hamlet of Enfield Falls that was torn down after the creation of the state park.

This time, the Friends unveil a plaque honoring their founder, park historian, and former park employee, the late Neil Poppensiek, for his dedicated research on the history of the park, especially the former Civilian Conservation Corps in the park and the Old Mill, one of only two buildings still standing in the former hamlet. The plaque is mounted on a new exhibit of artifacts found by Neil from the CCC camp .

Cornell archeology students dig in upper Robert H. Treman State Park, near Ithaca, NY

Cornell archeology students search for artifacts on the site of a former building in the Hamlet of Enfield Falls in what is now upper Robert H. Treman State Park.

Then we walk over to the active archeology dig of one of the former house sites being conducted by Cornell Professor Sherene Baugher’s urban archeology class. Students explain to us what the site once was and show us some of the things they have unearthed.

Iroquois Corn Husk Doll making at Native American Festival at DeWitt Park in Ithaca, NY

Seneca women demonstrate the traditional craft of corn husk doll making at the Native American Festival.

Our show moves on to the Native American Festival that took place in DeWitt Park in Ithaca during Ithaca’s Apple Festival. The highlight of our visit is a short video of the Allegany River Indian Dancers.

Eagle Cliff Falls, Havana Glen Park, Montour Falls, NY

Eagle Cliff Falls is the centerpiece of Havana Glen in Montour Falls, NY.

We take a look at a couple of woodland wildflowers before finishing up with a video visit to Eagle Cliff Falls in Havana Glen Park near Montour Falls south of Watkins Glen, NY.

Watch the entire show online here or on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13 on the schedule below.

Walk in the Park, the TV show, airs weekly on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13:

Thursday,  9:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday,    10:30 a.m.

Tuesday,    8:00 p.m.

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

Walk in the Park, the TV show, Episode 22

This week’s episode begins showing tonight on Ithaca’s public access cable channel 13 at 9:00. And you can watch it online here!

Small waterfall in Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY

We visit this little waterfall in Buttermilk Glen.

Recorded 9/26/12 at PEGASYS studios in Ithaca, NY. This week we go to Cornell Plantations for the annual March for the Animals of the SPCA of Tompkins County, a big success despite the pouring rain. Then we sail out on Cayuga Lake at dusk, hike around Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park; visit the Old Mill and the archeology sites of the Hamlet of Enfield Falls and the CCC camp in the upper park; check out a pretty waterfall in Buttermilk Falls State Park, and discover zig zag goldenrod along the Gorge Trail there.

See the show right here or catch it on TV during the schedule below!

Walk in the Park, the TV show, airs weekly on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13:

Thursday,  9:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday,    10:30 a.m.

Tuesday,    8:00 p.m.

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

Episode 21: Flying Over Cayuga Lake and Other Adventures

This week’s new episode of Walk in the Park, the TV show, will first air this evening (Thursday, Sept. 20) at 9:00 p.m. on Ithaca’s public access cable channel 13. Or, you can see it here online!

Taughannock Falls State Park, Cayuga Lake, Finger Lakes, Tompkins County, Seneca County, Cayuga County, NY

Taughannock Gorge cuts toward Cayuga Lake, which winds to the north. Photo courtesy of Bill Hecht

Recorded on Sept. 19, 2012, “Talk Like a Pirate Day.” Host Tony Ingraham invites you to Heritage Day at Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, then flies you over Cayuga Lake and Taughannock Falls with the East Hill Flying Club. Next over to Watkins Glen State Park to look at invasive species, to a waterfall and pool in Buttermilk Falls State Park, and  to look at white snakeroot up close!

Walk in the Park, the TV show, airs weekly on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13:

Thursday,  9:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday,    10:30 a.m.

Tuesday,    8:00 p.m.

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

Walk in the Park TV Show, episode 20

Ithaca Falls, Fall Creek, Cornell, Finger Lakes, Cayuga

Ithaca Falls on Sept. 7, 2012

See it here or on TV! Recorded on September 12, 2012, and cablecast on Ithaca, NY’s cable public access TV channel 13. Host Tony Ingraham acknowledges the anniversary of the floods caused by Tropical Storm Lee a year ago by showing the popular short video he made at the time, called “Ithaca’s Gorges Flood.” We also look at the flood’s effects on Owego and Binghamton, NY. For levity, see Granny’s Pig Race at the Northampton, MA Tri-County Fair. And we visit Ithaca Falls, Buttermilk Glen, Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park, and take a close look at one of our native wildflowers.

There is one more scheduled showing on Ithaca’s channel 13 this week, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.

The next episode will be shown first this Thursday, Sept. 20, at 9:00 p.m.

Walk in the Park, the TV show, airs weekly on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13:

Thursday,  9:00 p.m.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday,    10:30 a.m.

Tuesday,    8:00 p.m.

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

Walk in the Park, the TV show, episode 15, August 8, 2012

woodland sunflowers picnic area upper Buttermilk Falls State Park Ithaca NY

Woodland sunflowers bloom near the Lake Treman picnic area in upper Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY.

With more aerial views of gorges and Ithaca, Yosemite Falls in California, a trip through Enfield Glen and Lucifer Falls at Robert H. Treman State Park, a visit to two peace parks in Japan remembering the atomic attacks at the end of World War 2, music with the Horseflies on the Cornell Arts Quad, a walk looking at wildflowers and listening to frog songs along Lake Treman in Buttermilk Falls State Park, watching waterfalls in Glen Alpha and Cavern Cascade in Watkins Glen State Park, and celebration of National Lighthouse Day at Cayuga Inlet. See it all on this week’s episode of Walk in the Park, the TV show, on Ithaca public access cable channel 13. First showing will be tonight at 9:00 p.m., and lasts 29 minutes. See the full schedule.

Or watch it online here!

TV Show, episode 13!

Our newest episode of WALK IN THE PARK, the TV show, is now posted here online. It began being cablecast Thursday evening at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY public access cable channel 13. The 30-minute show will air again on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and finally next Tuesday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m., and at other times the station may choose.

This week’s episode goes up close to Cayuga Lake’s power plant and links it to destructive, controversial mountain top removal coal mining in West Virginia.  We visit Buttermilk Falls State Park, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Grassroots Festival in Trumansburg, NY, and the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Etna Nature Preserve. You can watch the full show right here on this post, or go direct to the YouTube channel.

The Ithaca public access cable channel 13 broadcast of Walk in the Park begins each week on Thursday evenings  9:00 p.m. and continues through the following Tuesday on the schedule listed above through August.

Not So Wildflowers

dame's rocket, wildflower, garden, invasive species, Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, Finger Lakes

Dame's rocket grows along the Larch Meadows Trail in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY.

Most of us are delighted to see pretty wildflowers along our roads and in our woods. But many of those flowers are not so wild, and some introduced plants may push aside our native species. Dame’s rocket, often mistaken for garden phlox, is one that started in the garden, but has leaped the fence into our natural environment. And sometimes dame’s rocket (originally from Eurasia) is included in so-called wildflower seed mixes used to beautify highway median strips and similar places, unintentionally spreading this invasive species into new areas.

Find out about Dame’s Rocket In my short video (4 min, 25 sec) here.

 

Forest Floor Invader

It is said that invasive species are second only to habitat destruction in their damaging impacts on wildlife, not to mention agriculture, economics, and human health. Countless billions are spent annually coping with invasives, whether they be insects like the emerald ash borer that is destroying all species of ash trees in our central and eastern U.S. forests, the aggressive tropical aquatic plant hydrilla found last year in Cayuga Inlet, or malaria that has spread around the world’s tropics.

Garlic mustard forms seed pods.

Garlic mustard forms long pods that will dry out and disperse hundreds of seeds in the weeks that come.

In the short video that follows, I introduce and discuss one of the scourges of our forest community, garlic mustard, one of best known introduced plant species that have emerged as major pests. At this moment in the Finger Lakes region, garlic mustard is forming its seed pods, so if you should remove it, be careful to dispose of in a way that prevents the seeds from escaping and spreading (e.g., one suggestion is to put plants in a black plastic garbage bag and leave it in the sun for a few days to thoroughly kill it, and then put it in the trash.). For more information, see the New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

And now the video (5 minutes):