Mushroom Monday - In Search of Morels (no luck yet)

No morels yet for this #mushroommonday but there were a few interesting finds along the way.
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This year we definitely have April showers that are soaking the ground really well. This usually means it will be a good year for mushrooms especially morels.

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But it is still too early in the season for them to show up around here. All I found were some plump wood ears on broken hardwood branches.

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These woodears usually show up after it rains. You can find them all year around but especially during spring and fall rains. I harvest them then dry them out for use later.

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There were the usual polypores hanging around from many years past.

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This old polypore has been around so long that it has grown around a branch that was next to the tree. It looks like the romulans have shot a disruptor beam through the disc portion of the enterprise here.

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Plenty of early spring wildflowers were out in full bloom, but still no valuable edible mushrooms.

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Daffodils are out all over the place, if only morels liked growing under these guys I would be rich! They just look and smell good while you are out searching for mushrooms.

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I did find an LBM near the daffodils but that's about it...

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More polypores in this case stereum ostrea also known as false turkeytail. If only there was a use for this stuff, its all over the place over here.

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The last fungi I found was some lichen on a dead tree being guarded by a great egret. All this fungi is Mine! sqawked the egret, keep away human! I'm sure the egret was more interested in displaying his breeding plumage to a potential mate on this nice fungi covered tree. Plus he can also fish from here at the same time.

That's all for now, I'm heading out to the country this weekend so hopefully there will be some morel finds out there...



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daffodils meadows are amazing. very nice walk to follow, tho getting a handful of morels would be not a bad thing, too...
!PIZZA

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Hopefully this weekend I'll find a treasure trove of them... I might have to try some sort of Native American ritual to summon them though.

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I wish you well with it by all my heart!!!

Native American ritual to summon

oh?! I wonder what is that?

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This dance is for rain, I need to learn the one for mushrooms

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haha! super! I have to learn that too!!!

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mantarlar oldukça güzel görünüyor :)

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Hopefully there will be some nice edible morels soon. They are one of the more interesting ones to find around here.

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Wildflowers, daffodils, egrets and woodears. Not a bad day outside 🙂

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Soon my eyes will be watering, the trees are starting to bloom as well. I've eaten enough local honey so hopefully this year the allergies won't be as bad. p4245628.jpg

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We are on our first spring in a new climate. Should be fun for allergies ☹️

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Lovely clouds! Spring atmosphere in the woods! So pretty! Those ear mushrooms! We eat these a lot! Hope this one is edible too.

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The wood ear have anticancer compounds in them so keep eating lots of them. They also work well as a sort of chip or jerky if you spice them up and dehydrate them. I mostly just put them in soup though.

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Yup! We also put these on soup! Chinese cuisine.

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Sky looks amazing. ❤️ I love the cloudy sky. Your mushroom photography is Epic. ❤️
Keep up the good work.

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Thanks :-) hopefully more interesting musrhooms will be out soon with all the rain I've been getting here.

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