Waterless Falls

Watchable here online, and on Ithaca, NY area cable 13. Remaining cablecasts are at 10 AM Saturday and Sunday, August 6 & 7, 2016, and finally 8 PM Tuesday, August 9.

In this episode (144) of Walk in the Park, we look at the effect of continuing drought in the Finger Lakes which leaves little water to splash down our wonderful waterfalls in the region and even threatens the City of Ithaca’s water supply in Sixmile Creek. Meanwhile, the Finger Lakes Land Trust is raising funds to protect 12,000 feet of shoreline of Sixmile Creek. We rise up in the air for a beautiful ride over the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Hinchcliff Family Preserve above the eastern shore of Skaneateles Lake. And we compare the nearly dry falls of Watkins Glen State Park with photos from wetter times. (Thanks to photographer Michael Fraser of Captured Moments Photography).

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV show produced in Ithaca, NY by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions. Produced at PEGASYS Studios, Time Warner Cable.
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Dry Gorges

The Finger Lakes region is in a severe drought, and it is reflected in our forests, fields, streams, wells, and in our parks. Taughannock Falls is nearly dry. Buttermilk Falls is nearly dry. But our gorges still are beautiful, as they reveal their amazing, polished, rocky bones, and quiet, reflective pools. We look at several gorges this week. And videographer and musician Tom Baker takes us to the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park.

This episode of Walk in the Park (#143) will be cablecast on Ithaca TV channel 13 at 9 PM Thursday, July 28; 10 AM both Saturday and Sunday; and finally at 8 PM, Tuesday, August 2, 2016. And you can watch it ONLINE RIGHT HERE anytime, anywhere.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access television show in Ithaca, NY, and is produced at PEGASYS Studios of Time Warner Cable.

Produced by Tony Ingraham, owner of Owl Gorge Productions. See my beautiful, award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

Taughannock Landslide

Episode 142 of Walk in the Park. Watch it here online or on Ithaca, NY cable channel 13 at the following times: 9:00 PM, Thursday, July 14, 2016; 10 AM, Saturday and Sunday; 8 PM, Tuesday, July 19.

An area known as “Big Bend” along the Gorge Trail on the way to Taughannock Falls (in Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, NY) is prone to massive rockslides. This summer, state park officials decided to pre-empt the next big slide by bringing it down in a controlled way. It required closing the gorge for about a month and excluding the public from the danger involved in the work. In this episode of Walk in the Park, we look at the geology behind these rockslides and explain what was done in this extraordinary case of “scaling.”

We also visit the upper gorge at Robert H. Treman State Park to learn more about the geology of our gorges that affect the behavior of their cliffs. Finally, the new visitor center at the Falls Overlook at Taughannock Falls State Park opened this week.
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Glen Reflections

Walk in the Park episode 141 now showing here online and on Ithaca, NY area public access TV channel 13:  9 PM Thursday, July 7, 2016; 10 AM Saturday and Sunday; 8 PM Tuesday, July 12.

Or online here anytime!

There is not a lot of water on our waterfalls during the current moderate drought in the Finger Lakes right now. But our gorges are still worth visiting for the beautiful reflections in the quiet rock pools in the gorges. In the first half of this episode of Walk in the Park (#141), we walk through the Glen Facility and Frowning Cliff sections of the gorge at Watkins Glen State Park. We follow this with some 19th century images of the glen before it was a park, including the Glen Mountain House hotel, the Swiss Chalet, the 1872 Suspension Bridge (which is still there and still used today to cross the gorge). Then we jump over to Taughannock Falls State Park and consider some 19th century photos of the two hotels that are long gone. Special treat: a photo of “Rock Avenue,” a footbridge and stairways that crossed Taughannock Gorge above the falls.

We also include our newest “Park Minute” at Stewart Park in Ithaca.

We finish up with a brief discussion of the status of the bills introduced to both houses of Congress proposing the creation of a Finger Lakes National Heritage Area, to be added to the 49 other National Heritage Areas across America.

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series on Time Warner Cable channel 13. Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions.
Take a look at our award-winning book about Watkins Glen State Park, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

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.

Six Mile Source

In this episode (#136) of Walk in the Park, we take a two-mile hike at the Finger Lakes Land Trust’s Roy H. Park Preserve and Hammond Hill State Forest in Dryden, looking at the works of beavers and the changing forest near the headwaters of Six Mile Creek, the City of Ithaca’s water supply. But first we swing from a rope on the cliffs of Watkins Glen State Park with one of its “scalers.” And we walk the street in Ithaca’s Streets Alive Festival. And we are pleased to learn of the creation of the Harriet Tubman Home National Historical Park in Auburn. And finally, we look at a few of the trees and wildflowers along the creek in Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca, NY.

You can watch this episode on Ithaca cable channel 13 (and 97.1) beginning 9 PM tonight (Thursday, May 5, 2016) and repeating Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM and finally 8 PM Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

Or you can watch it right here anytime, anywhere!

Walk in the Park is produced by Tony Ingraham, Owl Gorge Productions, for cablecast on public access television in Ithaca, NY, May 5, 2016.

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.

See our books at Owl Gorge Productions

National Park Week!

2016 is the centennial year for the creation of the National Park Service and April 16-24, 2016 is “National Park Week” when entrance to all of our National Parks is free. Did you know that there are three National Park units in the Cayuga Lake watershed area? In this episode (#134) of Walk in the Park, we’ll explore them and then go out on trails. You can watch this show on Ithaca area TV (see the schedule below) or right here online anytime, anywhere in the embedded video right here.

You can watch it on Ithaca, NY area cable TV channel 13 (and 97.1) on the following schedule:

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, April 26 at 8:00 p.m.

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

Rock Falls at Taughannock Falls

​Taller than Niagara, 215-feet-high Taughannock Falls in Taughannock Falls State Park on the west side of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region lies at the head of a rugged canyon with walls nearly 400 feet high. And huge chunks of stone may plummet without warning into the rocky bowl that surrounds this towering cataract. Why is this waterfall higher than all others in the region? And when did the most famous rockfall occur that changed the look of the falls forever? Find out in this episode (#133) of Walk in the Park.
Watch right here online or on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) at the following times:

Thursday, April 14     9:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 AM

Tuesday, April 19       8:00 PM

Walk in the Park is a weekly public access TV series in Ithaca, NY, produced at PEGASYS Studios by Tony Ingraham. Take a look at my award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone.

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.