Ready for Spring!

Are you ready for spring? Because it’s happening! In this episode of Walk in the Pari (#135), I’ll show you a few spring wildflowers coming up. Naturalist, educator, and song writer Becca Harber will sing her inspiring “Spring O Spring” at Buttermilk Falls State Park. We’ll watch “scalers” at Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY remove winter-loosened rock from the huge cliff above Lucifer Falls. And Gene Little of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will explain a new “Clean, Drain, and Dry” law in New York that will cut down on the spread of invasive species in our waterways.

You can watch this half hour episode right here (below) streaming online anytime, or on Ithaca, NY area cable channel 13 (and 97.1) at the following times:

9:00 PM, Thursday, April 28, 2016

10:00 AM, Saturday and Sunday

8:00 PM, Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show produced by Tony Ingraham at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable in Ithaca, NY.

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Butt Busting Trail Ice

Our newest Finger Lakes Park Minute (#38) warns us about the dangers of venturing out on icy trails this time of year.

Walking on trails in parks in the Finger Lakes region in early spring can be a tricky matter. With thawing and re-freezing, our footprints in lingering snow can become dangerous, slick ice. Many gorge trails are closed because of very thick, persistent, and extremely slippery ice formations covering the paths and steps. At Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY.

Finger Lakes Park Minute: Slow Thaw at Buttermilk Falls

Park Minute #36

It’s been a long, cold winter in the Finger Lakes and winter is loosening its grip slowly. In Park Minute 36 we look at the big waterfall in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY on two dates ten days apart in March 2015.

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Our popular book, ITHACA: the CITY, GORGES, and COLLEGES, is now available in a new digital edition.
And have you seen our national-award-winning book, A WALK Through WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE in STONE?

Finger Lakes Park Minute: Slow Thaw at Ithaca Falls

Finger Lakes Park Minute #37.

February’s heavy armor of ice on the face of Ithaca Falls yields very slowly to the reluctant approach of spring. In Ithaca, NY in New York’s Finger Lakes region, near south end of Cayuga Lake.

See more Park Minutes!

Our popular book, ITHACA: the CITY, GORGES, and COLLEGES, is now available in a new digital edition.
And have you seen our national-award-winning book, A WALK Through WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE in STONE?

Park Minute: Buttermilk Flows While Ice Holds On

 

Ice on Gorge Trail Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY

Even after snow has melted from the woods, ice still covers the trails in the gorge at Buttermilk Falls State Park and other gorges around Ithaca and the Finger Lakes.

Park Minute 17, from March 30, 2014.  As early spring broke up the ice that entombed Buttermilk Falls during this very cold winter (Park Minute 14: Frozen Buttermilk Falls ), hazard remains in the gorge of Buttermilk Glen where thick lingering ice threatens to thrust an early hiker into icy Buttermilk Creek. The Gorge Trail remains closed until the ice is out, winter damage is repaired, and overhanging cliffs are “scaled” of dangerous frost-loosened chunks of rock. See more Park Minutes.

Filmed at Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY. Produced by Owl Gorge Productions, publisher of two local books about Ithaca and Watkins Glen. ITHACA: the CITY, GORGES, and COLLEGES; and A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

 

 

 

 

Spring Wildflowers!

The woodland floor is beginning to burst with beautiful little flowers that are in a race with the trees overhead to get as much sunlight for growth as possible before the forest leaf canopy closes in above.

Rue anemone wildflower, Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY

Rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides), in the buttercup family, emerges on a dry woodland ridge in Buttermilk Falls State Park, Ithaca, NY.

Watch this one-minute Walk in the Park video about our early spring wildflowers!

(Note: the link to owlgorge.com referred to in the video is temporarily unavailable, in the process of transfer to a new website.)

Buttermilk Thaws!

On March 12, 2013, Buttermilk Creek showed the ambivalence of winter heading toward spring as snow was followed by rain to bring high water to Buttermilk Glen in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY, in the Finger Lakes region. In this short video (less than 3 minutes), watch the swollen creek gain speed and power as it thrashes through the gorge and pounds over waterfalls toward the Cayuga Inlet Valley below.