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!

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!

Songs, Falls, and Gorges

Episode 112 of Walk in the Park takes us to upper Buttermilk Falls State Park where singer-songwriters Will Fudeman and Susan Lytle perform several songs in the outdoors. We also take a Park Minute to look at the mountain maple in the gorge. Then we’re off to Taughannock Falls overlook and to explain where a lesser known, more wild and intimate overlook to the falls is along the North Rim Trail. And we look at another of the 37 “Grand Canyons” in America, this time Chesterfield Gorge in Massachusetts.

Watch it all here online or on Ithaca Time Warner Cable channels 13 & 97.3 beginning 9:00 tonight and continuing for the next week.

Produced by Tony Ingraham, copyright 2015, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY

Between the Falls

Glimpse of Nature #22 (35 seconds)

Between many of the waterfalls along Buttermilk Creek in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY (in New York’s Finger Lakes region), there are relatively quiet stretches of stream which are quite beautiful in themselves. This is one of them!

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Buttermilk Falls Returns to its Beauty

Finger Lakes Park Minute 45: Following the flash flood on June 14, 2015, Buttermilk Falls has returned to its normal beauty. But the Gorge Trail remains closed due to some heavy flood damage.

Nonetheless, you can also see the falls from an overlook on the Rim Trail. The upper portion has been known as Pulpit Falls, the middle section is the 2nd Fall, and the bottom section is the First Fall.

Filmed at Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY. Produced by Owl Gorge Productions. See all of our Park Minutes.

Have you seen our national-award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park?

Waterfalls Drill the Gorge!

Our Finger Lakes Park Minute 41 shows how Cavern Cascade has drilled its own section of the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park, in Schuyler County, NY in the Finger Lakes region just south of Seneca Lake.

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