Park Minute: Four Big Waterfalls around Ithaca, NY

Finger Lakes Park Minute 69.   Warm weather in February melted snow in the hills around Cayuga Lake and filled the waterfalls near Ithaca, NY. We visit the four biggest waterfalls: Ithaca Falls, Taughannock Falls, Lucifer Falls (in Robert H. Treman State Park), and Buttermilk Falls.

Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, author and publisher of the national-award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: Water’s Sculpture in Stone

 

 

Icy Upper Treman

Walk in the Park episode 159. Winter ice chokes our gorges and makes them unsafe to walk in. But we can still get to some great viewing spots. One example is upper Robert H. Treman State Park, where we take a winter peek. In this episode, we also re-visit the effort to save our hemlock trees from the invasive pest, the hemlock woolly adelgid; we learn about how plant roots are able to figure out which way is down; and we consider what role the Ice Age had in shaping our landscape as demonstrated at Watkins Glen State Park.
You can watch this episode online (below) or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, February 9, 9:00 PM

Friday, 3:30 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Tuesday, February 14, 12:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, in PEGASYS public access television studio in Ithaca, NY for cablecast on Ithaca’s cable channel 13 every week. Find out more about Ithaca public access TV.

 

 

When Cayuga Froze Over

Walk in the Park encore episode 100, from March 2015, now playing.

Two years ago, we had the coldest February on record in the Finger Lakes region and most of the lakes froze over. The larger lakes, Cayuga and Seneca, rarely freeze over due to their relatively high volume and depth. In 2015, Cayuga Lake froze over almost completely, for the first time since 1979. Here’s the story! You can watch it online here and on Ithaca, NY public access TV channel 13, on the following schedule:

Thursday, February 2, 9:00 PM

Friday, February 3, 8:00 PM

Saturday, February 4, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Sunday, February 5, 10:00 AM

Monday, February 6, 6:00 PM

Tuesday, February 7, 11:30 AM and 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY.

Gorge to Gulf

Walk in the Park episode 152. We in the Finger Lakes of New York have emerged from perhaps the longest drought in memory. Our dry gorges and waterfalls are now flowing again. Let’s take a look at before and after at Ithaca Falls and Taughannock Falls.
Then we go to south Texas to the Gulf of Mexico and camp near the beach at Padre Island National Seashore, the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world (70 miles!).

Watch it all right here online or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 at the following times:

9:00 PM, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

10:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday

8:00 PM, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 201

 

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS public access TV studio in Ithaca NY.

Fall and Falls

We begin this episode of Walk in the Park (149) with Heritage Day in upper Robert H. Treman State Park. Then we look at fall colors in the upper gorge and Lucifer Falls, attend the dedication of the new park entrance area at Ithaca Falls, and visit the Martin Nature Preserve of the Finger Lakes Land Trust in Schuyler County.

You can watch it on Ithaca, NY public access cable channel 13 at the following times:

9:00 PM Thursday, October 27

10:00 AM Saturday and Sunday, October 29 & 30

8:00 PM Tuesday, November 1, 2015

And you can stream it online anytime right here:


Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show on cable channel 13 in Ithaca, NY, produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable.
Take a look at my national award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE.

Waterless Falls

Watchable here online, and on Ithaca, NY area cable 13. Remaining cablecasts are at 10 AM Saturday and Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2016, and finally 8 PM Tuesday, August 9.

In this episode (144) of Walk in the Park, we look at the effect of continuing drought in the Finger Lakes which leaves little water to splash down our wonderful waterfalls in the region and even threatens the City of Ithaca’s water supply in Sixmile Creek. Meanwhile, the Finger Lakes Land Trust is raising funds to protect 12,000 feet of shoreline of Sixmile Creek. We rise up in the air for a beautiful ride over the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Hinchcliff Family Preserve above the eastern shore of Skaneateles Lake. And we compare the nearly dry falls of Watkins Glen State Park with photos from wetter times. (Thanks to photographer Michael Fraser of Captured Moments Photography).

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show produced in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Produced at PEGASYS Studios, Time Warner Cable.
See our national-award-winning book, A walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Cayuga Lake; Watkins Glen

In episode 138 of Walk in the Park, after a brief look at Ithaca Falls, we continue Cayuga Lake Watershed Network‘s discussion of issues and problems facing Cayuga Lake. Then we go to the entrance to the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park and look at how it has changed since the Civil War. You can watch this episode on Ithaca area cable TV and online. Here is the cablecast schedule for channel 13 (and 97.1):

Thursday, May 19,  9:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, May 24, 8:00 p.m.

Or watch it online anytime, anywhere right here!

Walk in the Park is produced for Ithaca area public access television by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.

Ithaca Falls: March 2016 vs. March 2015

Finger Lakes Park Minute #56

The winters of 2015 and 2016 in Ithaca, NY could hardly have differed more. February 2015 was the coldest on record, while 2016’s winter could hardly be called a winter, it was so mild. In this Park Minute, we compare March at Ithaca Falls for both years.

You can watch all of our Finger Lakes Park Minutes.

Park Minute and Walk in the Park are produced by Owl Gorge Productions.

Gorges in Autumn

Walk in the Park episode 118. Watch it on TV or right here online. On Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) it will be cablecast on Thursday, 10/22/15, at 9 PM; on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM; and on Tuesday, 10/27, at 8 PM. Or right here anytime, anywhere!

As the world rolls into autumn in the northern hemisphere, so does our local landscape, including our fabulous gorges of the Finger Lakes in New York. We visit Cascadilla Glen, Ithaca Falls, Buttermilk Creek, the Entrance Gorge of Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park, and Taughannock Falls. Ithaca is Gorges at any time of year, but some of our gorges will close for the winter. We also look at fall from the air (courtesy of Bill Hecht) at Long Point State Park near Aurora on the east shore of Cayuga Lake and Myers Point Park in Lansing.

Produced for Ithaca public access television at PEGASYS studios by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions .

Ithaca Falls Lead Legacy

Walk in the Park episode 117 takes us to Ithaca Falls in Ithaca, NY. Ithaca Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in New York State, and is a local iconic landmark. But in recent years, lead from a century of testing shotguns on the top of the cliff above at the famous Ithaca Gun Company has rained down upon the gorge, creating a toxic hazard to the public viewing the falls. In this episode of Walk in the Park, we visit the falls and this issue, following a second Environmental Protection Agency cleanup of the lead contamination.

Ithaca Falls is a city park in Ithaca, NY

Ithaca Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in New York State

You can watch this episode right here anytime, or you can watch it on TV in Ithaca on Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1). Remaining scheduled cablecasts are 10 AM both Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 17 & 18) and finally at 8 PM on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. It lasts half an hour.

Environmental activist Walter Hang of Toxics Targeting, Inc. speaks out on inadequate measures taken so far to remove this hazard in this unusually beautiful and popular site. Find out what has been done to remove the lead, what is likely to happen next, and where lead contamination has not been found near the falls.

We finish this show with a beautiful panorama of the entire length of Canandaigua Lake created from fourteen photographs taken and stitched by nature photographer Nigel Peter Benson Kent. I pan the panorama in a short video, set to music.

Owl Gorge Productions. See all of our Walk in the Park episodes and find out the schedule of cablecasts on Ithaca’s Time Warner Cable channels. Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY produced at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable.
See our book, Ithaca-the City, Gorges, and Colleges.