I did a hike the other day in the Michael Ciaiola Conservation Area (formerly the Walter G. Merritt County Park), in Putnam County, NY. The land was once owned by Mr Merritt, and the park was renamed in 2002, to honour Mr Ciaiola, who used to be President of the Putnam County Land Trust, and was very active in the preservation of open spaces and the environment.
It was a longer hike than planned: we wound up taking a wrong turn on the trails — more accurately, failing to take a right turn — and going the long way around, having a 5-hour hike instead of a 3-hour one. But it was good to have a longer hike, and that trail gave us a good view toward Connecticut. And the way was just full of many varieties of mushrooms and other fungi. I took lots of photos.
I’ve posted my favourites of the mushroom photos in a Picasa album, and here’s a montage for readers who just want the executive summary (click to enlarge):