This Finger Lakes Park Minute features video from Keuka Lake State Park in Branchport, NY. “Frosty autumn mornings sometimes raise a mist on the Finger Lakes. The lakes release residual heat from the past summer as warm vapor into the chill air above, condensing to form a cloud that rises with the sun and dissipates with the morning. The slow release of the lake’s heat moderates the climate of the lake’s valley.”
Heavy rains in late October burst over the waterfalls in the Finger Lakes of central New York, including Ithaca Falls and Buttermilk Falls (in Buttermilk Falls State Park) in Ithaca, NY, shown here. Both are in the watershed of Cayuga Lake.
Park Minute is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, and is shown online and on PEGASYS, public access television channel 13 in Ithaca, NY. This is Park Minute #73.
“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.
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We don’t usually see porcupines in public around here, but during the long drought of 2016, this porcupine visited Taughannock Falls for a drink and a dip.
Perhaps his normal sources of water in the woods had dried up and he was forced to show up at this popular waterfall. This video was shot in September 2016 at Taughannock Falls State Park in Trumansburg, NY.
Produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, Ithaca, NY, copyright 2016.
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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.
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.
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.
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.