Glimpse of Nature: Cavern Cascade at Watkins Glen State Park

This Glimpse of Nature (#45), just twelve seconds long, shows us one of the most memorable locations along the Gorge Trail in Watkins Glen State Park, in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Visitors can walk behind the waterfall and ascend through the cliff via the Spiral Tunnel, to be able to look down upon Cavern Cascade from above. I’ll have to show you those glimpses another time!

Glimpse of Nature is produced by Owl Gorge Productions. Take a look at our award-winning book, A Walk Through Watkins Glen-Water’s Sculpture in Stone. And watch other Glimpses of Nature.

Watkins Glen Resident Artist, Capt. James Hope, Part 2

In this episode (#131) of Walk in the Park, we complete our story of Capt. James Hope and his art gallery on the rim of the gorge called Watkins Glen from 1872 to 1892. You also can watch Part 1 of this story.

This episode (131) of Walk in the Park is cablecast on Ithaca, NY public access television, PEGASYS, on Time Warner Cable channel 13 (and 97.1) according to the following schedule:

9:00 PM, Thursday, March 24, 2016

10:00 AM, Saturday, March 26, 2016

10:00 AM, Sunday, March 27, 2016

8:00 PM, Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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

Prayer Walk for Seneca Lake

In this episode of Walk in the Park, in late August, 2015, we follow a group of “Nibi Walkers” on their three day march around Seneca Lake, the largest and deepest of the eleven Finger Lakes in central New York State.

You can watch it online on this page or on TV! This episode will premier tonight (Thursday, 9/3/15) at 9:00 on Ithaca area Time Warner Cable Channels 13 & 97.1, and it will repeat on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM and finally on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 8 PM.

Famed Ojibwe water walker (or Nibi Walker), Sharon Day, from Minnesota leads the group in Native American prayers meant to protect this water from a huge liquified petroleum gas (LPG) storage depot in abandoned salt mines on the shore of Seneca Lake very near Watkins Glen at the lake’s southern end. We follow their progress from Watkins Glen to Geneva on the northern end of the lake, stopping to discuss the issues along the way. The walkers carry a pail of sacred water from Clute Park in Watkins Glen at the lake’s southern end all the way around the lake and return it to the lake in Watkins Glen once more, a total circuit of 80 miles! To find out more about the public outcry against Crestwood Corporation’s gas plant, see Gas Free Seneca. Find out more about Native American water prayer walks or Nibi Walks.

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Produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions. See our books about Watkins Glen State Park and Ithaca!

Glimpse of Nature: Hector Falls Plunges to Seneca Lake

Enjoy this 28-second video of Hector Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in New York State. It can be seen on Rte. 414 on the east side of Seneca Lake a few miles north of Watkins Glen.

Here is a description of Hector Falls from Upstate New York Waterfalls: “Although most commonly recorded as 165 ft high, Hector Falls, can be considered a lot taller, if you begin counting the series of cascading drops from the top. Over 250 feet of waterfalls cascade down this hill from near the top. The first third is a sequence of small and narrow, foamy cascades, one right after the other. As the falls approaches Rt 414, it spreads out over one wide triangular cascade that dips under the highway, and down another wide cascade, and then another, past some cottages.The final stretch is yet another fanning cascade, the widest of all. From the road, you can see just the segment above. From the lake and across it, you can see most of the falls, except the upper chain of cascades.”

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Walk Behind the Waterfall

There’s a reason in the rocks why you can walk behind Cavern Cascade in Watkins Glen State Park, in this Finger Lakes Park Minute #40.

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“We Are Seneca Lake!”

This week’s new episode (#94) of Walk in the Park on Ithaca, NY’s public access cable television (channels 13 & 97.3) looks at a protest to protect Seneca Lake and the region near Watkins Glen from a huge project being built by Crestwood Corp. from Texas to store liquified propane gas and methane (probably from hydrofracking) in salt mine caverns under and around the lake. Area residents have been opposing this project for years, but it moves ahead anyway.

In this show, protestors calling themselves, “We Are Seneca Lake,” gathered at the Crestwood plant entrance last October 24 and spoke out about the dangers to Seneca Lake and its value as a drinking water supply, damage to the tourism and wine industries, and grave threats to public health and safety posed by this project. Since the fall, We Are Seneca Lake participants have engaged in a non-violent civil disobedience campaign to block trucks from entering or leaving the plant and to make it very clear that they are determined to stop this project. For much more information about this issue, see Gas Free Seneca.

This episode will be shown on Ithaca cable TV at 9:00 tonight (Thursday, January 8, 2015), on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM each day, and finally next Tuesday, January 13, at 8 PM.

Or you can watch it right here anytime!

Watch another episode of Walk in the Park about a rally and march addressing this issue in Watkins Glen in 2012.

See the full schedule of public access (“PEGASYS”) shows on Ithaca’s cable channels 13 and 97.3.

Park Minute: Watkins Glen, “A Book of Nature”

Park Minute episode 24. See it below!

A “book of nature” is how local journalist and promoter Morvalden Ells described Watkins Glen in the 1860s. He was speaking of the splendid natural wonder from which both the town and the famous racetrack take their names.

A page from the 1870s guidebook for Watkins Glen written by Morvalden Ells.

Pages from the 1870s guidebook for Watkins Glen written by Morvalden Ells, showing Pluto Falls in Glen Arcadia.

Watkins Glen first opened as a privately owned scenic resort in 1863 as a result of the vision and efforts of Mr. Ells. His descriptions of the gorge and its waterfalls drew thousands of visitors from America and Europe and placed Watkins Glen alongside Niagara Falls, Saratoga Springs, and the Catskill Mountains as a Victorian tourist destination. In 1906, Watkins glen became the first state park in the Finger Lakes region and it continues to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Here’s the Park Minute!

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This Park Minute was developed from our national award-winning book, A WALK THROUGH WATKINS GLEN: WATER’S SCULPTURE IN STONE, available at the Watkins Glen State Park Gift Shop and online.

 

 

Sneaking from Glen Cathedral to the Narrows

Glen Creek in Watkins Glen State Park, slips from the open, towering “Glen Cathedral” through this slot into the closed-in, shady section of the gorge called “The Narrows,” in Watkins Glen State Park in New York’s Finger Lakes region.

Glen Creek in Watkins Glen State Park, Finger Lakes, NY

Glen Creek is channeled through this slot from one section of Watkins Glen to another.

Our award-winning book, A Walk through Watkins Glen: Water’s Sculpture in Stone, is still available at the park’s gift shop (in the Main Entrance), which is open all year. Our other popular book, Ithaca-the City, Gorges, and Colleges, is now available as an ebook online.

Pluto Falls

Pluto Falls in Watkins Glen State Park in New York's Finger Lakes region

Pluto Falls in the "Glen Arcadia" or "Frowning Cliff" section of Watkins Glen

No, it’s not named after the planet, nor the Disney dog. The “dwarf planet” Pluto was discovered by astronomers (1930) long after this waterfall in Watkins Glen State Park was named; in fact, the waterfall was named long before the park was created (1906).

Old guide book of Watkins Glen State Park showing Pluto Falls

An illustration of Pluto Falls in an 1870s guidebook to Watkins Glen, written by Morvalden Ells

Here’s how a guidebook from the 1870s described the twisted falls:

Description of Pluto Falls in Watkins Glen from the 1870s

I think Pluto Falls was named for “the ruler of underworld in classical mythology”, which, perhaps, this narrow and dark section of the glen suggested to Morvalden Ells, who wrote the guidebook. The name is still used today.