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.

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.

Love Your Park!

In episode 137 of Walk in the Park, we follow volunteers around Robert H. Treman State Park as they participate in I Love My Park Day, on Saturday, May 7. This event takes place in state parks all over New York, and is sponsored by Parks & Trails New York and NY State Parks, as well as individual park “friends groups,” in this case the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. Join us as we erect a split-rail fence, plant trees, seed a lawn, clean up the Old Mill, and build picnic tables!

We finish off this episode with two short videos at Buttermilk Falls State Park, a discussion of protecting ourselves from Lyme disease, and the beginning of a presentation about the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network and the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom.

You can watch this episode on Ithaca cable TV channel 13 or online right here and now!

The cablecast schedule is:

9:00 p.m., Thursday, May 12

10:00 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday

8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 17

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca.

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.

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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.

Digging in the Little Apple

On TV and online! In this episode (#129) of Walk in the Park, we watch Part 3 of Cornell archeology professor Sherene Baugher’s January 24, 2016 presentation in Ithaca, NY about her work since 1998 at Robert H. Treman State Park, with support from the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. We also look at recent scenes at Robert H. Treman State Park and Buttermilk Falls State Park, with some historical reflections on both. Episodes 127 and 128 were about Dr. Baugher’s work in Manhattan as the first NYC staff archeologist.

This episode will be cablecast on Ithaca, NY public access television channel 13 (and 97.1) at 9:00 p.m., Thursday, February 11, 2016. The show lasts half an hour. Additional cablecasts are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and finally on Tuesday, February 16, at 8:00 p.m.

Or, you can watch it right here anytime!

Produced at PEGASYS, public access television, in Ithaca, NY, by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Digging up NYC’s First Homeless Shelter; and the African Burial Ground

This episode of Walk in the Park (#128) continues our presentation, “Digging in the Big and Little Apples,” from last episode (“Digging up a Ship”). Watch it online here or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 (and 97.1) 9 PM Thursday, Feb. 4, 10 AM Sat. & Sun., and finally 8 PM, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Or watch it here anytime, anywhere!

Cornell archeologist Sherene Baugher tells us more about her years as the first NYC archeologist. This time, she talks about the “deserving poor” and “undeserving poor” in 18th century NYC and what was learned from their archeological dig of the old Alms House under City Hall. Then she takes us to the discovery of the African Burial Ground, now a National Monument. We finish this episode with a look at 19th century stereographs of sites at Taughannock Falls and Buttermilk Falls State Parks near Ithaca, NY.

In Part 3 of “Digging in the Big and Little Apples,” in our next episode of Walk in the Park, we will conclude Dr. Baugher’s presentation with the digging up of a 19th century hamlet at Robert H. Treman State Park. Her entire presentation took place on January 24, 2016 in Ithaca, NY, and was sponsored by the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park. Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios for public access television in Ithaca, NY.

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.