Taughannock Ice!

February 2015 was the coldest month on record in the Ithaca area of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, and it did not go unnoticed at the area’s many waterfalls, including the tallest, Taughannock Falls in Taughannock Falls State in Trumansburg, NY, along the west shore of Cayuga Lake ten miles north of Ithaca. No one can remember a taller, broader ice dome under the falls than this year’s. Enjoy this Finger Lakes Park Minute, and you can find others on this vidblog.

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How Much Did Cayuga Lake Freeze?

February 2015 was the coldest month on record in the Ithaca area, in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region. And this winter was the first time Cayuga Lake came close to freezing over end-to-end since 1979. And from many perspectives on this lake that stretches beyond anyone’s horizon, at least while they are standing on the ground, Cayuga Lake did appear to be totally covered by a layer of ice, however thick or thin. In this 100th episode of Walk in the Park, let’s take a look at the evidence of Cayuga Lake’s freeze, from land and sky, and even from space!

This episode of Walk in the Park will continue showing this Saturday and Sunday morning at 10 AM on Ithaca’s public access cable TV channels 13 and 97,3, and finally on Tuesday, St. Patrick’s Day, at 8 PM. And you can watch it right here online at any time!

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Treman Park–Then and Now!

In this episode (#99), we compare Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY using more than 200 photographs from its pre-park days in the 1800s, its early park days in the early 20th century, and images from the present. Adapted from a presentation made for the Friends of Robert H. Treman State Park.

You can watch this episode on Ithaca, NY cable channels 13 and 97.3 on March 8, 2015 at 10 AM and on March 10 at 8 PM. Or you can watch it right here anytime!

We also take a brief trip to Watkins Glen State Park to look at Minnehaha Falls, one of its most unusual waterfalls; and then take a dose of winter reality looking at the enormous cladding of ice on Ithaca Falls last week!

Produced by Tony Ingraham of Owl Gorge Productions at PEGASYS studios in Ithaca, NY.

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Finger Lakes Ice from Above!

Mid-winter has its grip on the Finger Lakes, Cayuga Lake, and their waterfalls, including Ithaca Falls and Taughannock Falls. See views from space, from the air, and from the shores. Dreams and memories of summer are not gone as we visit Watkins Glen State Park and Taughannock Falls State Park. At Taughannock, we look at how the lip of the great waterfall has changed since the 1800s.

This Walk in the Park episode #98 shows on Ithaca cable channels 13 and 97.3 beginning Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 at 9 PM, repeating on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 8 PM.

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Finger Lakes Park Minute: Ithaca Falls February Freeze

In this Finger Lakes Park Minute (#31), we take another look at Ithaca Falls, deep in winter’s icy grip. This 150-feet-high waterfall in Ithaca, NY is just a short walk from Lake Street and nearby parking. Once owned by Cornell University, it is now a City park.

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Icy Gorges and Mountains

This week’s episode (#97) of Walk in the Park begins cablecasting Thursday, at 9 PM on Ithaca, NY’s channels 13 and 97.3. It will repeat on Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM, and finally on Tuesday  at 8 PM.

And you can watch it anytime, anywhere below.

Enormous icicles hang off the cliff in the gorge in Watkins Glen in the 1800s, before the creation of the state park. Image courtesy of Bill Hecht.

Enormous icicles hang off the cliff in the gorge in Watkins Glen in the 1800s, before the creation of the state park. Image courtesy of Bill Hecht.

From the bottoms of the gorges of the Finger Lakes region of New York to the summits of the Adirondack High Peaks, winter has gripped our world. Meanwhile, rattlesnakes battle in Arizona. And visitors have marveled at Enfield Glen in Robert H. Treman State Park near Ithaca, NY since before the Civil War.

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Ithaca MLK Day, and Climbing El Capitan

The Rob Licht sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. current resides in DeWitt Park, in Ithaca, NY. It will be returned to the west end of the Ithaca Commons when the Commons reconstruction is complete, where the sculpture will serve as the focal point for Ithaca's MLK Freedom Walkway. Photo by Elizabeth Bauman

The Rob Licht sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. currently resides in DeWitt Park, in Ithaca, NY. It will be returned to the west end of the Ithaca Commons when the Commons reconstruction is complete, where the sculpture will serve as the focal point for Ithaca’s MLK Freedom Walkway. Photo by Elizabeth Bauman

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Ithaca, NY; Ithaca’s Martin Luther King Freedom Walkway; Climbers conquer El Capitan in Yosemite National Park; Thomas HIll, Yosemite landscape painter. All this and more in this episode (#96) of Walk in the Park. Showing on Ithaca, NY cable channels 13 and 97.3 on Thursday, January 22, at 9 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM both days; and finally on Tuesday, January 27, at 8 PM.

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Finger Lakes Park Minute: Frigid Ithaca Falls!

Ice forms on Ithaca Falls during January.

Ice forms on Ithaca Falls during January.

January closes its icy fingers around Fall Creek at 150-feet-high Ithaca Falls, in Ithaca, NY at the south end of Cayuga Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region.

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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.

 

 

 

 

Trees, Falls, and Trails

Episode 71 of Walk in the Park, our Ithaca, NY public access cable TV series 2017 Ithaca public access channel 13 cablecast schedule:

Saturday, March 25, 2017, 10:00 AM and 10:30 PM

Sunday, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Monday, 4:00 PM

Tuesday, 11:30 and 8:00 PM

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM

Or you can watch it here ONLINE! (see below)

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MrHeli4444’s view over the lip of Taughannock Falls from his remote controlled aerial device, featured in this episode of Walk in the Park.

This time, we learn about the coming assault on ash trees in our forests by the invasive beetle, the emerald ash borer, and what we can do to insure the long-term survival of ash tree species. You can watch this short segment separately at “Responding to the Emerald Ash Borer Invasion.”

Then we look at Taughannock Falls State Park in different times in history through photographs. This is followed by a spectacular aerial video around the top of the great falls itself. Thanks to Steve Knapp of Keuka View Photography and Bill Hecht for some of the photos in this segment, and to MrHeli4444 for the video.

Finally, we look at the dangers involved in hiking on closed trails in our state parks this spring before residual winter ice conditions and rockfall hazards have been dealt with and the trails declared open.

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