MOREL MUSHROOM HUNTING
The rare morel mushrooms are usually found
in mid April, well after the winter thaw,
following a warm Spring rain.
The very warm winter and 80˚ sunny days
got me hunting for morels yesterday.
No luck, but the woods are blooming with life.
(Perhaps next week.)
State conservation agents were out
spraying garlic mustard plants,
to eradicate this invasive species
before it flowers and spreads it seeds.
This invasive plant covers the forest floor,
choking out valuable native species.
There were some beautiful scenes
throughout the woods,
including fresh water cress clumps
in spring fed streams.
A male mallard duck was escorting
his mate upstream.