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!

Finger Lakes Land Trust Preserve and Trail Dedication

Episode 49 of Walk in the Park TV features the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s dedication of new lands, and a trail and boardwalk (“Howard’s Walk”) at the Roy H. Park Preserve in the Town of Dryden east of Ithaca, NY. Cablecasts continue on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channel 13 this Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and next Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. And, of course, you can watch it online below.

Finger Lakes Land Trust preserve, Tompkins County, Finger Lakes, NY

Roy H. Park Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust in the Town of Dryden, NY. Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Land Trust

“This diverse, scenic, and inviting 217-acre preserve is a short drive from Ithaca, on the back roads of Dryden, and encompasses portions of an extensive forest, rolling meadows, wetlands, a rugged stretch of Six-Mile Creek along its headwaters. The preserve borders Yellow Barn State Forest, Hammond Hill State Forest, and the Cornell Old 600 Natural Area, making it an important connector in a larger array of some 8,000 acres of protected lands. The preserve adds another gem to the “Emerald Necklace,” the Land Trust’s initiative to create a continuous crescent of 50,000 acres of protected lands around Ithaca, and is the first major protected land linkage achieved under that initiative.” (See web page)

Roy H. Park Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust east of Ithaca, NY and next to Hammond Hill State Forest of New York DEC, in the Town of Dryden.

New boardwalk dedicated on May 31, 2013, part of "Howard's Walk" at the Roy H. Park Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust and Hammond Hill State Forest.

Our show features remarks by Andy Zepp, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, Martha Robertson, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, Ken Lynch, Director of Region 7 of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and Mary Ann Sumner, Town of Dryden Supervisor.

Waterfall at Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY

Buttermilk Falls State Park

The show continues with photos and video of the beauty of water in a gorge (Buttermilk Falls State Park), and the Cayuga Nation Picnic, part of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign this year.

Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign Cayuga Lake canoe paddlers at the Cayuga Nation Picnic

Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign Cayuga Lake canoe paddlers at the Cayuga Nation Picnic

And now, the show!

See all my episodes of Walk in the Park TV.

Toothwort to Toadflax

Cut-leaved toothwort, South Hill Recreationway, Ithaca, NY

Cut-leaved toothwort is an early "spring ephemeral" wildflower, growing here near the South Hill Recreationway.

In this 47th episode of Walk in the Park TV, we explore trails and wildflowers in parks in the Town of Ithaca, NY, as well as attend the tenth annual tree planting for the Richard B. Fischer Conservation Award, this time honoring the Cornell Plantations Natural Areas Program. We look at the new glacier exhibit at the Museum of the Earth and we go out on Cayuga Lake on the first tour of the season for Ithaca Boat Tours from Steamboat Landing at the Ithaca Farmers Market. Finally, we explore Lake Treman and the rim of Owl Gorge at Buttermilk Falls State Park. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television series on Ithaca’s cable channel 13. Check the schedule for show times.

Or, watch it right here!

Sapsucker Cairn

What is it?           Where is it?

Sapsucker Woods, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, Andy Goldsworthy

The Sapsucker Cairn

The Sapsucker Cairn was constructed in 2008 by acclaimed environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy on the East Trail of Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary, the nature preserve of Cornell’s Laboratory of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY. Goldsworthy also created Gardens of Stone in Cornell Plantations. (See our Walk in the Park TV post about walking at the Newman Arboretum and the Gardens of Stone.)

Sapsucker Woods is a beautiful place to visit in any season. The 230-acre sanctuary encompasses forests, ponds, ferny swamps, and abundant wildlife. More than four miles of trails and boardwalks are waiting for you to explore.” You can pick up a great little trail map and bird checklist outside the entrance of the Johnson Visitor Center.

Sapsucker Woods, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca NY, wetland, swamp, trail

Swamp in Sapsucker Woods

Boardwalk, Sapsucker Woods, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY

The Woodleton Boardwalk along the East Trail at Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary crosses a swampy area.

Swamp, wetland, trail, Sapsucker Woods, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY

The East Trail encircles a wooded swamp.

Journey to Big Bend

In this episode of Walk in the Park TV (#46), Tony travels to Texas, first to visit Big Bend National Park along the Rio Grande in the Chihuahuan Desert and the Chisos Mountains of southwest Texas. See this episode on Ithaca, NY’s public access channel 13 (see the schedule below) or watch it right here on this page, below.

Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park, Texas

Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park, Texas

He also visits Historic Fort Stockton which was manned by African American “Buffalo Soldiers” following the Civil War, during the war against the Comanches, Apaches, and other Indian nations in the campaign to conquer the Southwest and secure the southernmost wagon train route to California.

Historic Fort Stockton, Texas

Historic Fort Stockton, Texas

Then Tony camps in the Texas Hill Country west of San Antonio, spending several days at the birdwatching hot spot South Llano River State Park in Junction, TX. There he sees many birds new to him, including the painted bunting, and has an encounter with a rattlesnake! See all the Walk in the Park TV episodes and more online here.

Painted Bunting in South Llano River State Park, Junction, Texas. Birding, bird watching.

Painted Bunting in South Llano River State Park, Junction, Texas

Watch the  half hour show right here….

Or catch it on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13 this Saturday and Sunday (April 27 & 28) at 10:30 a.m., and next Tuesday (April 30) at 8:00 p.m. The video quality on your TV will be better than in this online version.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway, Part 2

See it on TV* or online here!

The Blue Ridge Parkway approaches Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

Grandfather Mountain looms above the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.

Tony completes his journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway in this episode (#45) of Walk in the Park TV. We enter North Carolina, stopping at Cumberland Knob, Grandfather Mountain, Linville Falls, Mount Mitchell (the highest summit in the East!), Craggy Gardens, and many other sites along the way. Then we return to Virginia, visiting Mabry Mill and Rocky Knob before heading home. Hear the melodious song of the winter wren, see wild rhododendrons in bloom, and find out about the exotic insect pests attacking our eastern hemlocks and the fraser firs of the Black Mountains. Tony shares his observations about driving the Parkway and camping along the way in this national park that is nearly 500 miles long.

*  This is showing today (Saturday, April 5, 2013) and tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channel 13; also on Tuesday, April 9, at 8:00 p.m. The show will repeat on this schedule, beginning Thursday, April 18, at 9:00 p.m. Blue Ridge Parkway, Part 1  will show again on channel 13 beginning Thursday, April 11, at 9:00 p.m. and will continue through the following weekend until Tuesday, April 16. See the full schedule of Ithaca public access shows.

“Walk in the Park”
A richly illustrated look at things happening at parks within and beyond the Finger Lakes region. 30 minutes. Produced by Tony Ingraham of the Town of Ithaca.
Thursdays at 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am, Tuesdays at 8pm on channel 13.

The Treman Show

old postcard Enfield Falls State Park, Robert H. Treman State Park, Ithaca, NY, Finger Lakes

An old postcard shows the beginning of the upper gorge in the upper section of Robert H. Treman State Park.

“The Treman Show.” Produced by the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park, this award-winning* half-hour episode of Walk in the Park TV (#44) explores the trails, history, archeology, geology, and plants and wildlife of this scenic and historic park near Ithaca in New York’s Finger Lakes region. It will show on Ithaca, NY’s public access channel 13 this Thursday at 9 PM,  Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and again on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. Or, you can watch it right here anytime!

*This video, originally entitled, “Exploring Robert H. Treman State Park,” and part of the Nature Nearby series produced by Tony Ingraham for PEGASYS public access in Ithaca, NY, won first place as the best public access show in Ithaca in 2008.

Grand Canyon & Finger Lakes Compared

Huh? What could such different regions have in common? Well, there are some commonalities, and there are great differences. The two regions are parts of much larger river basins, the Colorado and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence respectively. Both are eroded into ancient sedimentary rock layers. One is arid, and often desert, while the other receives abundant rainfall. One has been drastically altered by glaciation, while the other apparently has not. In this week’s episode (#37) of Walk in the Park TV, we return to the Grand Canyon (following last week’s show, “Walk Across the Grand Canyon“) and look at the bigger picture.

South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

The South Kaibab Trail hugs the base of this cliff near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

After that, in honor of the Super Bowl champions, the Baltimore Ravens, we take a look at real ravens, including ravens at the Grand Canyon. And finally, we briefly discuss uranium mining at the Grand Canyon.

See it here online, or watch it on Ithaca, NY public access TV channel 13, this Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. each day, or next Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 8:00 p.m., and at other times the station may schedule it until Wednesday, Feb. 13 (check just before the hour and half hour and the day’s cablecast schedule is usually posted briefly).

See all of my Walk in the Park episodes and short videos.