Park Minute 65: Autumn Over Canandaigua Lake

An aerial trip along the east side of Canandaigua Lake, featuring Conklin Gully in Hi Tor State Wildlife Management Area, Naples, NY; Great Hill, aka South Hill, with its Finger Lakes Land Trust preserve; Bare Hill and the Bare Hill State Unique Area; and Vine Valley. Aerial photography by Bill Hecht.

Park Minute 65. Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions in Ithaca, NY. See all of my Park Minutes .

 

 

 

Glimpse of Nature: Cavern Cascade at Watkins Glen State Park

This Glimpse of Nature (#45), just twelve seconds long, shows us one of the most memorable locations along the Gorge Trail in Watkins Glen State Park, in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Visitors can walk behind the waterfall and ascend through the cliff via the Spiral Tunnel, to be able to look down upon Cavern Cascade from above. I’ll have to show you those glimpses another time!

Glimpse of Nature is produced by Owl Gorge Productions. Take a look at our award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone. And watch other Glimpses of Nature.

Gorges in Stereo

In this week’s episode (#124, Jan. 6, 2016) of Walk in the Park, we visit several area gorges and compare photos taken for tourist stereographs with modern pictures, getting some insights into the histories of these scenic locations.

You can watch this episode here anytime or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 (and 97.1) at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m., and finally at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.

We visit Buttermilk Falls State Park, Fall Creek Gorge, Watkins Glen State Park, Havana Glen Park in Montour Falls. We also look at some silent film footage taken 100 years ago by the Wharton Studios at what is now Stewart Park in Ithaca in the marshlands formerly at the south end of Cayuga Lake. (Courtesy of Ithaca Made Movies). Then we look at three short videos of the Delaware Bay, Virginia Beach, and Jones Beach on Long Island.

Produced for Ithaca, NY area public access television cablecast on Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1). See the schedule on our video blog  and the schedule for all ithaca public access shows.
Produced at PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

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.

Rhythms of the Earth: Buttermilk Glen

I have started producing a new series of very short (15-second) videos that I am calling “Rhythms of the Earth.” Why so short? So that I can post them on Instagram, which permits only 15-second, looping videos. But I will also post them to Facebook and include them in my episodes of Walk in the Park on Ithaca public access TV. Want more? Watch my shows on this website, or better yet, go outside yourself! And come back and tell the world about it, maybe with a photograph. So, here’s my first episode of Rhythms of the Earth.

Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY. Take a look at our books about Ithaca, Watkins Glen State Park, and Tux the Cat!

Salt Point

“Salt Point” is this week’s new episode (#119) of Walk in the Park, premiering 9:00 tonight (10/29/15) on Ithaca’s cable channel 13 (and 97.1; also viewable online anytime below). Our cablecast of this episode will repeat on Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. and on Tuesday at 8 p.m. Or you can watch it online right now or anytime right here.

Salt Point Natural Area is the lesser known and wilder northern bank of the mouth of Salmon Creek. The south bank is Myers Point, a popular park along the east shore of Cayuga Lake. But over 50 years ago, an intense salt production factory occupied Salt Point. Lansing Town Historian Louise Bement shows us the history of the International Salt Company there in a presentation recorded Oct. 22 at the Lansing Community Center. Salt Point is now a quiet, natural place for low-impact enjoyment of nature and the lakeshore.

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions  at PEGASYS public access TV studios operated by Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY. You can see all episodes of Walk in the Park on this video blog. And take a look at our award-winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen–Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

 

Park Minute: Canandaigua Lake Panorama

Photographer Nigel Peter Benson Kent stitched together 14 of his photographs of Canandaigua Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region to create this panorama of the entire lake. I put it in a video editor and panned it from south to north, set to a piece by Vivaldi. Enjoy Park Minute 50!

By the way, there actually is a park in this picture. At the beginning of the video, you are looking at Hi Tor State Wildlife Management Area, 6100 hundred acres of woods, overgrown fields, steep hillsides, gorges, wetlands, creeks, lakeshore, and other natural features that provide homes to a rich variety of wildlife. It also contains South Hill, the traditional birthplace of the Seneca people, one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois or Haudenosaunee.

By Owl Gorge Productions

Two Other Falls in Buttermilk Glen

Park Minute 49

When most people think of waterfalls in Buttermilk Falls State Park, of course they think of the big waterfall after which the park is named. But there are a number of other waterfalls up in the gorge beyond, which, though nowhere near as large, are quite charming in themselves. Here are two.

By Owl Gorge Productions. See our books about Ithaca, Watkins Glen State Park, and Tux the Cat!

Pinnacles and Pools

Walk in the Park episode 116, showing here online; and on Ithaca, NY area Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.1, beginning 9:00 Thursday evening, 9/17/15. See the full cablecast schedule.

In this episode of Walk in the Park, we move around various parks, beginning with Central Cascade in Watkins Glen State Park; then we look at joints, cliffs, an arch, and the beginnings of a pinnacle in Devil’s Kitchen in Robert H. Treman State Park; we visit Pinnacle Rock and its accompanying unusual rock pool in Buttermilk Glen in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca; and then we pop to Taughannock Falls State Park and we compare the big falls to an even bigger one that looks much like it! We also watch and listen to Ithaca singer-songwriters Susan Lytle and Will Fudeman sing and play one of their favorites at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

Walk in the Park episode 116, produced in PEGASYS Studios, Ithaca NY . Produced by Owl Gorge Productions. See our books about Ithaca and Watkins Glen State Park, and Tux the Cat!

Glimpse of Nature: Hector Falls Plunges to Seneca Lake

Enjoy this 28-second video of Hector Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in New York State. It can be seen on Rte. 414 on the east side of Seneca Lake a few miles north of Watkins Glen.

Here is a description of Hector Falls from Upstate New York Waterfalls: “Although most commonly recorded as 165 ft high, Hector Falls, can be considered a lot taller, if you begin counting the series of cascading drops from the top. Over 250 feet of waterfalls cascade down this hill from near the top. The first third is a sequence of small and narrow, foamy cascades, one right after the other. As the falls approaches Rt 414, it spreads out over one wide triangular cascade that dips under the highway, and down another wide cascade, and then another, past some cottages.The final stretch is yet another fanning cascade, the widest of all. From the road, you can see just the segment above. From the lake and across it, you can see most of the falls, except the upper chain of cascades.”

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Owl Gorge Productions. See our books about Watkins Glen State Park and Ithaca, NY.