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 People’s Climate March

Episode 87 of Walk in the Park TV. 200 Ithacans joined people in more than 2800 locations in 166 countries and in New York City as part of the global People’s Climate March on September 21, 2014. After activities in front of Ithaca’s First Presbyterian Church coordinated at 1:00 p.m. worldwide, they marched by DeWill Park in downtown Ithaca and along sidewalks around the city block back to the church. There they met inside with a live feed from the huge NYC march, heard from local climate activists and public officials (including a group reading of a powerful statement from NYS Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton, who was at the NYC march: see below). This was followed by an open question and answer and discussion session about this being a kickoff event for future climate crisis action.

Watch the show on Ithaca TV at 8:00 tonight (see below) or right here anytime!

Barbara Lifton’s letter:
“We are at a critical time in confronting Climate Change, with increasingly serious warnings coming from the International Panel on Climate Change and the United States National Climate Assessment. Scientists tell us that the next decade is our last chance to stop the worst in climate change, so I have gone to join with other legislators in New York City to make our, and your, voices heard amongst the tens of thousands who understand this threat and demand political action. We will not stand on the sidelines and allow the earth to be polluted. We will not allow wealthy interests who deny the truth to drastically alter the balance that countless species, and the well-being of humanity, depends upon. Continuing to dump greenhouse gases without conscience is the act of extreme corporations who must not be allowed to put their personal interests over those of our own. Organizing, acting, and protesting for the good of every living thing on earth is not an extreme measure, and I thank you for joining with me, and all of us in this endeavor today.”

For more information about local climate action, see the Sustainable Tompkins website at http://sustainabletompkins.org/

Walk in the Park is a public access television series in Ithaca, NY, produced by Owl Gorge Productions, http://owlgorge.com. To see all of our episodes, go to http://walkinpark.com. This is episode 87. Walk in the Park can be watched on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m., and Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. The final cablecast of this episode is tonight at 8:00.

 

 

Park Minute: Jumping in over your head

A young woman jumps from the trail into a deep pool in the gorge at Buttermilk Falls State Park. This is dangerous and illegal.

A young woman jumps from the trail into a deep pool in the gorge at Buttermilk Falls State Park. This is dangerous and illegal.

Every summer, college students and other people are drawn to Ithaca, NY’s beautiful gorges. And many of them like to jump from cliffs into pools at the bases of waterfalls. The young women in this Park Minute are risking their lives with unseen hazards below the surface in this pool at Buttermilk Falls State Park.

People die every year in our gorges, many of them from drowning. Years ago, an 18-year-old drowned in this very pool. Park rangers and police patrol the trails and the colleges try to educate arriving students about the hazards. Be safe and swim where there are lifeguards.

For more information, see our blog post about gorge safety and the hazards of swimming in our gorges, including a video made by Cornell Plantations on this important subject. You may learn about hazards you did not realize.

This is episode 25 of Park Minute.

Park Minute is produced by Owl Gorge Productions.

Park Minute: Ithaca, NY Fireworks

Ithaca 2014 fireworks from Cass Park

As seen from Cass Park

Ithaca’s Independence Day fireworks light show seems to be comfortable in its location near the Cayuga waterfront. The fireworks are launched from Newman Golf Course between Cayuga Inlet and Fall Creek and a big community celebration, including music, speeches, the national anthem, and food draws thousands to the shore of Cayuga Lake at Stewart Park to await the show. But thousands of others watch from around the valley, including from Cass Park across Cayuga Inlet, where I shot this video. The fireworks this year on July 3 might not have taken place as a torrential thunderstorm ripped across town in the hours just beforehand. But the sky cleared and the show went on. Many at Stewart Park complained that much of the show was masked by resulting smoke as it drifted toward the park. But by chance, the view from Cass Park was unobstructed.

Here’s a quick sample of the 2014 fireworks show in this episode of Park Minute!

Lyme Disease: Prevention & Care, Part 3

Part 3, on TV and online! (Below)

(You can watch all three parts of this series on Lyme disease here.)

Basic CMYK

In the final part of this three-part series about Lyme disease, herbalist and educator Becca Harber discusses co-infections associated with Lyme and tick bites, testing for Lyme disease, maintaining health, herbal medicine and Lyme, and the use of pesticides. Recorded at Greenstar Cooperative Market in Ithaca, NY on April 24, 2014. Handouts for this class are downloadable at the bottom of the page in our post for Part 1 of this series.

Part 3 will begin showing on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable TV channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursday, May 15 at 9:00 p.m.  Part 3 will show again on TV on Saturday and Sunday (May 17 & 18) at 10:30 a.m., and finally on Tuesday, May 20, at 8:00 p.m.

Or, you can watch Part 3 online right here anytime!

You can watch all three parts of this series on Lyme disease here.

Becca Harber is available to teach introductory workshops and class series on lyme disease to staff at schools, parents, organizations, etc. She has recently attended a weekend training on lyme disease with with Dr. Richard Horowitz, M.D., one of the most well-known lyme-literate doctors who’s treated 12,000+ people with lyme and associated tick-borne infections. He taught his new differential diagnostic approach to MSIDS (Multi-Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome, which can be used with any chronic disease. Becca has taught holistic health and herbal medicine starting in 1987 and since 2004, Collaborative (Nonviolent) Communication. Call 607-564-7051 (takes 7 rings for messaging).

Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions. See our ebooks: ITHACA, the CITY, GORGES and COLLEGES; the award-winning A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE; and our new book TUX THE CAT and HIS EXOTIC EXPLOITS.

 

Lyme Disease: Prevention & Care, Part 2

Deer ticks are very small. From left to right, are a larva, nymph, an adult male, and an adult female. The nymph, only size of poppy seed, is particularly active from mid-spring through mid-summer and may be responsible for most Lyme infections.

Deer ticks are very small. From left to right, are a larva, a nymph, an adult male, and an adult female. The nymph (at the end of the arrow) is only size of poppy seed, and it is particularly active from mid-spring through mid-summer. Nymphs may be responsible for most Lyme infections.

In this episode (75), we continue Becca Harber’s class on Lyme disease. This time, she discusses treating tick bites, considerations about pets, tick repellents, and diagnosing Lyme disease. Handouts for the workshop are downloadable from our Part 1 post.

This episode of Walk in the Park is showing on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channels 13 and 97.3 on Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and finally next Tuesday, May 13, at 8:00 p.m. And, of course, you can watch it right here!

Walk in the Park is produced by Owl Gorge Productions.

Becca Harber is available to teach introductory workshops and class series on lyme disease to staff at schools, parents, organizations, etc. She has recently attended a weekend training on lyme disease with with Dr. Richard Horowitz, M.D., one of the most well-known lyme-literate doctors who’s treated 12,000+ people with lyme and associated tick-borne infections. He taught his new differential diagnostic approach to MSIDS (Multi-Systemic Infectious Disease Syndrome, which can be used with any chronic disease. Becca has taught holistic health and herbal medicine starting in 1987 and since 2004, Collaborative (Nonviolent) Communication. Call 607-564-7051 (takes 7 rings for messaging).

Digging up the Past

(Walk in the Park TV episode #60) Every fall, the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY hold their Heritage Day in the upper park, with activities centered around the Old Mill and the ongoing archeology exploration of the former hamlet of Enfield Falls. Park visitors can go over to the dig and ask the archeologists what they are doing and what they are discovering. Prof. Sherene Baugher of Cornell University and her students in her archeology class now are unearthing the “Rumsey House,” occupied by the Rumsey family for over 60 years. We interview several of the students as they explain what they are finding, on this year’s Heritage Day on October 19, 2013.

The Old Mill in upper Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY in the Finger Lakes region.

The Old Mill in upper Treman is the center of Heritage Day each fall. The mill is now closed for the season.

We also take a short walk on the Gorge Trail at Buttermilk Falls State Park after most leaves have fallen, and we look at apparently deformed trees. I explain the phenomenon in a short video.

Finally, we look at some photos of fall colors in the Sixmile Creek area in Ithaca, by Deanna Stickler Laurentz.

A yellow maple along the Gorge Trail in Buttermilk Falls State Park, autumn, fall colors, Ithaca, NY, Finger Lakes.

A sugar maple hangs on to its yellow autumn leaves along the Gorge Trail in Buttermilk Falls State Park.

Watch the show on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable channel 13 (or 97.3), beginning this evening, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 at 9:00. See the rest of the schedule of showings over the next week.

Or you can watch it online anytime. Go directly to the YouTube post (perhaps for a little better video quality), or watch it right here. The best video quality will be the TV cablecast.

And, by the way, our popular book, ITHACA–THE CITY, GORGES, AND COLLEGES, is now out as an ebook. Check out the sample pages!

Park Minute: A Tour of Ithaca’s Views

Winner, best “short subject” cablecast in 2013 on Ithaca, NY’s public access TV!

Ithaca, NY is known for its beautiful natural surroundings. Situated at the south end of Cayuga Lake, the longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in central New York, and surrounded by hills with farms, forests, gorges, and waterfalls, Ithaca is blessed with unusually high quality scenery. The Town of Ithaca, which surrounds the City, and its Conservation Board have established a scenic route on roads throughout the town and has published a map and guide that are free to the public, either in paper at Town Hall on Tioga Street in downtown Ithaca and at the Tompkins County Visitors Center on East Shore Drive, or as a downloadable pdf from the Town website.

This episode of Park Minute (#8) takes us on a quick trip along the scenic route. See episode #57 of Walk in the Park TV for a more in-depth exploration of this trip and the many sights along the way. And check out other episodes of Park Minute.

Our popular book, Ithaca–the City, Gorges, and Colleges, is now available as an ebook online! Check out the sample pages!

First People’s Festival, DeWitt Park

In episode 59 of Walk in the Park, we go to DeWitt Park in downtown Ithaca, NY for the annual First People’s Festival on October 5, 2013, held alongside the Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival. It continues to show this Saturday and Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channel 13 (or 97.3). See the full schedule of showings for the next week. Or, you can watch it online on this page below!

First Peoples Festival, DeWitt Park, Ithaca, NY, Ithaca College, Haudenosaunee, Iroquois

A Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) banner hangs behind information tables at the First Peoples Festival on Oct. 5, 2013 in Ithaca, NY's DeWitt Park.

The high point of our visit is an interview with Brandon Lazore of the Onondaga Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), the artist who painted the wampum belt mural on the side of the Seneca Street garage in downtown Ithaca. We also interview Tariq Widarso, an Ithaca College student who has been working with the Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign, which seeks to revive Native American treaties and care for our environment. And we also talk with Laura Kerrigan of Primitive Pursuits, who explains some Native American traditional skills they were teaching at the festival.

Finally, we take a couple of walks into Buttermilk Glen in Buttermilk Falls State Park; and we marvel at beautiful photographs by Roger C. Ingraham, who loves to study the nature of light reflected from water, particularly during the fall color season.

Episode 59 was recorded 10/9/13 at PEGASYS Studios in Ithaca, NY