Inspired by watching the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean for several days, I began photographing sunrises and sunsets near Ithaca, NY. Join me in celebrating the rise and fall of our favorite star in this episode 120 of Walk in the Park. Watch it on Ithaca cable channel 13 (and 97.1) on Thursday, 11/26, at 9:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at 8:00 p.m. Or watch it here online anywhere, anytime!
Photographer Nigel Peter Benson Kent stitched together 14 of his photographs of Canandaigua Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region to create this panorama of the entire lake. I put it in a video editor and panned it from south to north, set to a piece by Vivaldi. Enjoy Park Minute 50!
By the way, there actually is a park in this picture. At the beginning of the video, you are looking at Hi Tor State Wildlife Management Area, 6100 hundred acres of woods, overgrown fields, steep hillsides, gorges, wetlands, creeks, lakeshore, and other natural features that provide homes to a rich variety of wildlife. It also contains South Hill, the traditional birthplace of the Seneca people, one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois or Haudenosaunee.
Today, a mild day after Thanksgiving, I decided to go for a walk in Cascadilla Glen, our most urban gorge in Ithaca. Thousands treasure the Cascadilla Gorge Trail as the most delightful way to travel, on foot, between downtown and Collegetown. Indeed, it has been a pedestrian commuter route up and down East Hill for generations.
Cascadilla Gorge Trail ascends by the second waterfall on the way from downtown to Collegetown.
Cornell Plantations has installed new chain hand railings.Where the trail encounters waterfalls, it climbs around them on stone steps.
The trail climbs around the second waterfall on its way towards Collegetown.
Between waterfalls, the trail levels out.
I knew that the Glen had been closed much in the past few years because of damage by floods and lengthy trail repairs. And I also knew that Cornell Plantations is determined to repair the trail and get it open for us all once more.
For now, the trail ends at this barricade. Someone has doctored the word "impassable" to read "impossible."
Alas, I could go no farther, reaching the most problematic portion of the route beneath the Stewart Avenue Bridge. Floods and rockslides have done so much damage to the trail here, which used to hug the overhanging cliff by the falls, that now it needs major repairs to be made safe for passage once more. Cornell Plantations hopes the trail will be fully open by next fall. Half a gorge will have to do for now.
This beautiful ironwork gate will allow Cornell to close the trail during times the trail floods or in winter when there is treacherous ice on the route.