Friday, April 8, 2011

First Day Out

So after three full of months of slow remodel work on our new home we decided we needed a small break. Our idea was to go out and scout around to see if the morels were doing anything yet but in reality we just needed to get out. Eventually we end up at Green Bay, a semi-remote spot down Sagle Road. It turns out to be a fairly nice day as well, giving us all some of that vitamin D we have been craving.

As far as morels go, we found nothing, about what was expected. but we did find a few other things.

We were amazed to find that our Wood-Ear log that we were harvesting from last year was covered in both old and new specimens! We thought these were just a fall crop, but it turns out that in the right conditions they can grow in the spring. We checked our other Wood-Ear spots to no avail.

I Believe this is Sarcosoma latahensis or the Black Rubber Cup. Very cute and very tiny. I would like to find some of these as they mature more to get a better identification.

This is Gyromitra fastigiata or Thick-stalked False Morel. this is the first time we have seen this little guy. At first I thought it to be the Snowbank False Morel, which we have found lots of back in Colorado, but with a lack of snow and a quick examination it was proved to be the Thick-stalked.

It is so exciting to be able to get out now. Just can't wait for the morels to start popping up!


Mr. H. said...

Sounds like you had a nice day, and with any luck you will get another chance to hunt down some morels. It seems like they start to appear around the 15th of April through the end of May in our area depending upon the weather and elevation. We hope to find time to get out and hunt some down with our grandson pretty soon, he found the first ones last year and is excited to do so again.

Mom said...

Looks like a beautiful day was had by all!! So glad you all got out morel hunting, even though they weren't out yet. We had some much needed rain last night so perhaps we weill find a few mushrooms.

WeekendFarmer said...

Came across your blog from Mr. H. Congrats on the baby. What an exciting time!

The water in this post looks so blue....I am envious of you and Mr. H that you can identify mushrooms just like that. Its a talent : ). Happy Spring!

Geno said...

MR.H- We are actually going out again today. there is probably nothing out there again, but once the fever starts we just can't shake it! At least not till November. It is great that your grandson takes such pleasure in the finding of them. I love the excitement the kids show once they start picking!
Mom- It was a nice time. There is nothing like being out on a spring day and finding anything is just thrilling. Hope those rains bring them out for you. Love you
WeekendFarmer- Following Mr.H's blog has been a great pleasure and is filled with important info and inspiration. Thanks for the compliments, but if it is talent it sure took a long time and a lot of work to manifest! Happy Spring to you as well!

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