Pemberton Park

Thursday, October 15th, 2009
Grifola frondosa

Pemberton Park was one of my favorite parks to visit with my two young sons when I lived in Salisbury, and we went there often. My older boy still remembers attending nature camp one summer, led by Jim Rapp who went on to become Director of the Salisbury Zoo and is now the Director of DLITE (Delmarva Low-Impact Tourism Experiences). I was quite familiar with all the trails at Pemberton, and today they are just as I remember them, with one stunning exception. I have no recollection of ever having seen a mushroom there before, and now they are everywhere!

Of the many we found, we were able to identify Lentinellus ursinus, Ganoderma tsugae, Grifola frondosa, a Geastrum, and Dacrymyces palmatus. Funny thing about the hen. It appeared just after I mentioned to Paul my surpirse that we hadn't yet seen one on the Shore. I'm sure now that we passed several in the last three days, unawares, as surely as I passed probably hundreds of mushrooms during my main earlier walks at Pemberton, but never noticed even one. Blinders come off by degrees.

See more mushroom photos from Pemberton Park. Read more about our Eastern Shore fall break vacation.