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

 

 

What’s New in State Parks?

The Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park sponsor this episode of Walk in the Park (161), featuring Finger Lakes State Parks Region environmental educator Josh Teeter. He explains some of the interesting things he gets involved in his job, including environmental education activities in state parks and environmental and cultural stewardship projects; such as protecting trees from insect pests, scaling loose rock on cliffs over trails, and wildlife conservation. Teeter shows us some of the new developments underway or planned for area state parks; including the overhaul of the main entrance at Watkins Glen State Park (with some of its planned interpretive facilities), the Black Diamond Trail, and a new bridge over the “fordway” to the campground at Robert H. Treman State Park.

Watch this episode online here (below) or on Ithaca cable channel 13 at the following times:

Thursday, March 2, 9:00 PM

Saturday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 8:30 PM

Monday, 6:30 PM

Tuesday, March 7, 8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions as an Ithaca, NY public access weekly television (PEGASYS) series shown on Ithaca area cable channel 13.

Park Minute 68: Entering Glen Alpha, Watkins Glen State Park

“Glen Alpha” is the name given in the 1800s to the first interior section of gorge in what is now Watkins Glen State Park, the section beyond the Main Entrance, or Entrance Amphitheatre as it was once known. Watkins Glen State Park is the most popular state park in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY. See my award-winning book, “A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone,” available at the park’s gift shop and online. See my FaceBook page for the book.

See all of my Park Minutes. Also see my weekly Ithaca, NY public access television series, Walk in the Park, watchable on TV and online. Both Park Minute and Walk in the Park are cablecast on Ithaca, NY public access television PEGASYS channel 13.

 

Black Diamond Trail Celebration

“Wahoo!” cried Sue Poelvoorde of Finger Lakes State Parks on Oct. 2, 2016 when addressing the crowd gathered at the Cass Park pavilion in Ithaca, NY. She was celebrating decades of work by many partners in finally completing the first eight miles of the Black Diamond Trail from Cass Park to Taughannock Falls State Park on the west shore of Cayuga Lake. The gathering was sponsored by the Finger Lakes Cycling Club (FLCC), a major partner and advocate for the Black Diamond Trail.

This week’s episode of Walk in the Park (#148) covers this event and shows numerous scenes from this valuable community resource, explaining its history and character. You can watch it on Ithaca public access television channel 13 (remaining cablecasts: 10 AM Sunday, 10/23/16; and 8 PM Tuesday, 10/25/16). Or you can watch it right here anytime, anywhere!

Also speaking in this show are Andrejs Ozolins of the FLCC, Armin Heurich, president of the FLCC, Jan Zeserson of the Black Diamond Trail Enthusiasts Network (BDTEN), Fred Bonn, regional director of Finger Lakes State Parks, and Bob Beck of the Town of Dryden, who tells us what’s happening with their rails-to-trails project.

The Black Diamond Trail was once a railroad route running from Pennsylvania through Ithaca, to Trumansburg, and ending in Geneva. It ended service about sixty years ago, and  it’s been a long process since to convert it to a recreational trail.

Walk in the Park is a public access weekly series produced by Tony ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY; at PEGASYS Studio of Time Warner Cable.

Take a look at Tony’s award-winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Park Minute 61: Taughannock Falls in Drought

The ‪‎Finger Lakes region of New York State has been in a severe drought this summer and this is particularly noticeable in streams and at waterfalls such as Taughannock Falls near Trumansburg, ten miles north of Ithaca along the west shore of Cayuga Lake. This view of the waterfall is from a lesser-known overlook along the North Rim Trail about 100 yards west of the popular Falls Overlook parking area. The raucous bird sounds at the beginning and end of the video are made by a raven. Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions.

 

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.

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.

Watkins Glen Resident Artist, Capt. James Hope, Part 1

From 1872 until his death in 1892, landscape artist Capt. James Hope had an art gallery next to the gorge of Watkins Glen. A lesser known figure of the Hudson River School of landscape painters, Hope captured the beauty of the glen on his canvases and realized his life’s dream of supporting himself and his family with his landscape art. Tony Ingraham tells the first half of this story in this episode of Walk in the Park (#130). Next episode will complete the tale. Tony originally gave this illustrated presentation in February to an audience at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, NY.

You can watch this episode on Ithaca, NY public access television channel 13 (and 97.1) according to the schedule below. Or you can watch it online anywhere, anytime right here!

Ithaca cable channel 13 (and 97.1) cablecasts of this episode (155) of Walk in the Park:

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Produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS studios, Ithaca, NY

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.

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!