The campsite lab

Saturday, October 17th, 2009
The lab

After returning from the Forest Trail with several specimens, I set them up on the cook stand at our Pocomoke River State Park campsite where I could take some photos and collect spore prints. Lesson learned: rain and wind are not ideal conditions for making spore prints. As the weather worsened, even using glass covers didn't help much as the water soaked up through the paper. A very few specimens did release an abundance of spores, but only one of those -- the Hebeloma crustuliniforme -- helped lead to an identification. Still, I was able to look at them more closely and have them at hand when searching the reference books.

See more photos of the specimens, including a lovely Amanita I was not able to identify. Read more about our Eastern Shore fall break vacation.