Back into Fall

Walk in the Park episode 153. As autumn slips into winter, we take a look back at some of our fall foliage beauty in the Finger Lakes. Watch my 29-minute show here online anytime, or on Ithaca, NY area public access cable channel 13 at these times:

9 PM Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016; 12 PM and 6 PM Friday

10 AM and 7:30 PM Saturday; and 10 AM and 3 PM Sunday

3 PM and 8:30 PM Monday

8 PM Tuesday, Dec. 13

We visit Buttermilk Falls State Park; Connecticut Hill Wildlife Management Area, the Martin Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust; Canandaigua Lake, the Hi Tor Wildlife Management Area, Bare Hill, South Hill, and Vine Valley; the east shore of Cayuga Lake from Union Springs and Frontenac Island to Lansing and finally Ithaca. Then we switch to Corpus Christi Texas to explore two natural areas: the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and the South Texas Botanical Garden and Nature Center. See the photos of our encounter with a western diamondback rattlesnake!

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

Salt Point Celebration

Walk in the Park episode 150 takes us to Salt Point Natural Area on the shore of Cayuga Lake in Lansing, NY, near the better known Myers Park on Myers Point. Salt Point forms the northern half of the delta created by Salmon Creek on the east shore of Cayuga Lake several miles north of Ithaca, NY in the Finger Lakes region, in Tompkins County. Once the site of an enormous salt works, exploiting Silurian salt deposits thousands of feet below the surface, Salt Point has been transformed into a beautiful public natural area park, after decades of neglect and misuse.
On October 16, 2017, the Friends of Salt Point dedicated a new, elaborate interpretive kiosk on the point, explaining the Salt Point’s history and nature. Throughout the celebration we learn a lot about Salt Point and what it took to transform it into a beautiful natural area park for everyone.

This episode of Walk in the Park will continue to be cablecast on Ithaca, NY channel 13 at the following times: 10:00 AM on both Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6; and 8:00 PM, Tuesday, November 8 (take a refreshing break from the election drama!). And, you can watch it online anytime, anywhere right here!

As an extension of this episode, watch episode 119, “Salt Point,” produced a year ago. Lansing Town Historian Louise Bement gave a slide show on the history of Salt Point, particularly focusing on its many years as the site of International Salt Company’s works there.
Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series produced at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

Shindagin Hollow

Shindagin Hollow State Forest’s 5,266 acres make it five times larger than any of the several state parks in the Ithaca, NY area. In this episode (146) of Walk in the Park, we take a walk along the Finger Lakes Trail in Shindagin Hollow to its lovely little lean-to perched above the ravine of Shindagin Creek. We also look at the unusual balsam fir forest in Shindagin. And we take a broader look at Shindagin’s proximity to the great divide between north-flowing and south-flowing waterways, separating those that flow to the St. Lawrence River from those that head south in the Susquehanna River to the Chesapeake Bay. Finally, we look at the ongoing effects of severe drought in the Finger Lakes region.

You can watch this half-hour episode right here (below), and you can catch it on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at these times:

9:00 PM Sept. 15, 2016 (Thursday)

10:00 AM September 17 & 18 (both Saturday and Sunday)

8:00 PM September 20 (Tuesday)

Walk in the Park is produced in Ithaca, NY at PEGASYS pubic access TV studio of Time Warner Cable by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions (Take a look at our books about the area on our website!).

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.

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.

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.

Stewart Park Revitalization, Part 3

In this episode (92) of Walk in the Park, we continue the presentation by the Friends of Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY. Will there be a bandshell along the shore of Cayuga Lake? And a “world-class” Inclusive Playground and Sprayplay Area are in the works that will accommodate people of all abilities and ages. And find out about what the Cascadilla Boat Club, the Friends of Stewart Park, and the City of Ithaca are doing to rehabilitate the historic Cascadilla Boathouse to make it serve the community better. And we begin the discussion of managing Canada geese in the park in the segment, “Bird Friendly Park Initiative,” which we will complete in a future episode.

Sketch of the future playground at Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY, along the shore of Cayuga Lake.

Sketch of the future playground at Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY, along the shore of Cayuga Lake.

Walk in the Park shows tonight (12/4/12) at 9:00 on Ithaca, NY cable channels 13 and 97.3. Repeat showings will occur on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and finally on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. And, of course, you can watch it right here, below, anytime!

Check out the full schedule of upcoming cablecasts on PEGASYS , Ithaca’s public access television station.

Stewart Park Revitalization, Part 1

Episode 90 of Walk in the Park is showing now on Ithaca’s public access cable channels 13 and 97.3, and online here (see below). Remaining cablecasts are today at 10:30 a.m. and on Tuesday, November 24, at 8:00 p.m.

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The Friends of Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY gave a presentation on November 18, 2014 at the Cinemapolis theatre in downtown Ithaca about exciting changes happening at this popular park at the south end of Cayuga Lake in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region. In episode 90 of Walk in the Park, we look at the history of the park when it was called Renwyck Park a century ago, including the Wharton Studios, a well-known center of the silent film industry at the time, located at Stewart Park in Ithaca.

You can watch this episode online right here anytime!

Part 2 is scheduled to come out next week which will continue the history of the park up until the present, and will reveal wonderful park improvements plans underway now and in the future. This event was sponsored as well by a number of other partners, including the City of Ithaca, the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, the Wharton Studio Museum group, and the revived Cascadilla Boat Club. Produced at PEGASYS public access studios in Ithaca, NY 11/20/14. Produced by Owl Gorge Productions.

Waterfalls, Floods, and Trails

In this episode (#52) of Walk in the Park TV, we look at the pulse of water recent heavy rains have produced in waterfalls near Ithaca, NY, including nearly 20 waterfalls on the cliffs along the east shore of Cayuga Lake, water roaring through Buttermilk Glen in Buttermilk Falls State Park, and flood damage to Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park, also near Ithaca. We also take a trip out onto Cayuga Lake with the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom, and then go to Sunken Meadow State Park on the north shore of Long Island, NY.

Lucifer Falls flood in Robert H. Treman State Park, Ithaca, NY

Lucifer Falls in upper Robert H. Treman State Park jumped its banks and did considerable damage to stone walls on the Gorge Trail. Photo by Josh Teeter, Finger Lakes State Parks

One of some 20 waterfalls along the east shore of Cayuga Lake north of Ithaca, NY

An intermittent waterfall splashes down the cliff by this clifftop house by Cayuga Lake north of Ithaca, NY; as seen from Ithaca Boat Tours.

Watch the show on Ithaca’s public access cable channel 13 (or 97.3) or online below!  Cable channel showings begin Thursday, 8/22/13 at 9:00 p.m.; then Saturday (8/24) and Sunday (8/25) both at 10:30 a.m.; and finally on Tuesday (8/27) at 8:00 p.m.

You can watch my entire playlist of Walk in the Park TV shows and shorts.

 

Ithaca Festival Parade, Cayuga Flyover, and Treeless Mountaintops

Ithaca Festival Parade

The Ithaca Festival Parade on May 29

This week’s Walk in the Park TV episode #50 starts off with the Ithaca Festival Parade by DeWitt Park in Ithaca, NY and other highlights of the four day event.

The Father's Day East Hill Flying Club flights pass right over Taughannock Falls.

Then we fly over Cayuga Lake in a small plane to look down on Taughannock Falls State Park and Ithaca.

Mont Albert, Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec

The summit of Mont Albert in Parc National de la Gaspesie on the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec is a remarkably flat and broad "tableland."

We visit a bird’s nest in a cliff, and finish off with visits to mountaintops in the Rockies, the Cascades, Adirondacks, the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and the Chic Choc Mountains of Quebec.

 Watch it on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13 on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 & 30, at 10:30 a.m., or finally on Tuesday, July 2 at 8:00 p.m. Or, watch it online right here!