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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Lucifer Falls!

This time on Walk in the Park, we go to one of the Ithaca, NY area’s favorite big waterfalls, Lucifer Falls in the upper gorge at Robert H. Treman State Park. We ponder why the falls are where they are and delve into the geologic story behind it. Finally, we take a brief look at 19th century tourism at the falls.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series on Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY. It is produced at PEGASYS Studios. Produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions.  Walk in the Park episodes last 29 minutes.

Watch this episode (#123) right here, or on Ithaca cable channel 13 (and 97.1) beginning tonight, Thursday, 12/17/15, at 9:00 p.m.; also Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.; or finally on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. Or right below anytime, anywhere!

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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.

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Park Minute: Cascadilla Glen Enters Autumn

One of six waterfalls along the Cascadilla Glen Trail in Ithaca.

One of six waterfalls along the Cascadilla Glen Trail in Ithaca. Watch the one minute video below!

In Park Minute 51, we visit Cascadilla Glen, owned by Cornell Plantations in Ithaca, NY; and we stop at several of the six waterfalls on the Cascadilla Glen Trail, which is the prettiest and shortest pedestrian route between downtown Ithaca and the Cornell University campus next to Collegetown. Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. See all my Park Minutes.

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.

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