Who will win? Headache or morel mushrooms?

Deer skull

Who among us has a headache?  Who among us knows it’s time to wander in the woods to the Secret Morel Mushroom Spot and determine if the elusive mushrooms will exist this year?  Or will it be a sparse year like the last one and we won’t saute a pan of the delicious wild mushrooms for dinner?

Marsh marigold leaf

Fie on the headache!  Go out in the woods, you morel-lovers.  Seek and ye shall hopefully find.  C’mon, go put on your old jeans.  Be prepared to pick off ticks.  The morels poke their shy little heads out of the ferns at the same time the hungry wood ticks seek to pry themselves into your tender skin.  Be vigilant.  Pick the scampering creatures off your jeans and sweatshirt and toss ’em in the woods.  And maybe engage in a strip search and shower later.  I’m just sayin’…

Fluffy cattail overlooks swamp

Lack of rain has kept the morels at bay thus far.  But–how many days ago?  two?  three?–we were blessed with a warm rainfall.  Perhaps the morels stretched in their underground world and aimed for the sunlight. 

Apple blossoms blooming...

I looked last week in the Secret Spot.  One morel.  That was it.  One morel.  I put it in the mesh onion bag and proceeded to take photos (with one eye still trained diligently among those dead ferns at all times!)  However, upon arriving back at the car…the mesh bag and elusive mushroom had escaped!  Nary even a single morel to bring home.

Old glass lamp tossed into the woods

I did find an old-timer’s dump back in the woods last week.  This brought back memories of childhood when Dad took my brothers and me bottle-hunting.  He urged us to look in ravines, at the edges of the woods.  The old-timers didn’t bag their garbage in plastic and take it to the dump.  They dumped it on a corner of their land.  Sometimes you can still see the remnants of the old dumps.

The magical world inside the old glass lamp

Of course, when you find an old dump you can’t immediately allow your mind to categorize it as a “dump”.  You must kindly tell your mind that it is really a treasure-trove.  Magic exists here.  And then look around to find where the magic might be hidden.  In this particular instance it was hidden in an old farmer’s lamp.  (Make a wish now!  Aladdin’s lamp–I mean Eino’s** lamp–will gift you beyond what you ever dreamed…)

Four shiny hungry black bugs congregate on green leaf

Truly, the headache seems to have disappeared during the writing of this blog!  My goodness!  Perhaps the brain was simply clogged up with too many words…it needed to get them out.  Thank you for being my aspirin, dear reader.

Now…to the morel fields!  If you’ve got any fields near you, no more excuses!  Let’s go together.  Just got to find another empty mesh onion bag.  And not lose it this time…

**Eino is a Finnish name.  Lots of Finns settled in our area of the Upper Peninsula.  Therefore, we’ll pretend our farmer who dumped the magic lamp was called Eino.  His actual name has been changed to protect the location of the Secret Morel Mushroom Spot, which shall not be divulged–ever–under threat or sweet-talking.

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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21 Responses to Who will win? Headache or morel mushrooms?

  1. Snoopykg1 says:

    I just love it when you share these images!
    It brings a feeling of the excited scientist in me back to the surface.


  2. jeffstroud says:

    Thank you for the wonderful walk that you have shared today, such a wonderful adventure, wonderful finds, creative imagination, wondrous photographs, all add to the “Being there” with you!
    Great old lamp, how wonderful of you to look inside! Love the Apple Blossom shot, brilliant color and framing !!!
    Hope you finds some Morels !!! Have not seen any of those around this area.

    I am Love, Jeff

    • Kathy says:

      Did you like the lamp photo, Jeff? And didn’t the apple blossom shot turn out pretty nice? I love it when that happens? As for finding morels…you’ll have to read today’s post. Not too good…but found something even better! (and am sorry that you don’t have morels. They taste wondermous.)

  3. holessence says:

    Kathy – I am sooooooo over the moon about the “old glass lamp tossed into the woods.” Not just the photograph, but the lamp itself. I imagine the energy is fantastic. You ARE going to take it home and give it a polish and a wish, RIGHT?

    Laurie Buchanan

  4. Dad says:

    Kath—Glad you havn’t lost your eye for bottle hunting!! Woooops—LAMP hunting!! Dad

    • Kathy says:

      Dad, I loved our bottle hunting adventures. Thank you SO MUCH for bringing us along and teaching us about it… It still brings back good feelings all these years later…

  5. Deborah Hilscher says:

    I’ve been out morel hunting twice so far and left with my red mesh onion bag empty both times. I’m no quitter though! I just may stop by Toivo’s secret morel spot after work tomorrow!! Don’t tell anyone though! They might try to follow me when I leave the station!! 😀

    • Kathy says:

      Deborah, please please please tell me if you get any!! I heard that people out in Pelkie have found a few. But there aren’t any around Aura. I swear. You better watch out. I just might follow you when you leave the station!!

  6. Dawn says:

    I love the skull photo. Really? Skulls look like this? Like pieces of a complicated jigsaw puzzle put together? How cool! And why didn’t I know this? Maybe because I’m a business major? LOL!

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, isn’t that skull amazing? Who would have thunk? Interestingly enough, I found another skull yesterday on the morel hunt. It’s a baby buck with antlers. Will show you tomorrow. P.S. I don’t know any of this stuff either!

  7. holessence says:

    Kathy – I would at least go back, sit right down on the groud and rub the bajeebers out of it while setting my intent or making a wish. And then be sure to speak a blessing into it for the next person who finds it.

    Laurie Buchanan

  8. Snoopykg1 says:

    Absolutely go back…

  9. Cindy Lou says:

    Your blog today is ‘stuffed’ with so much and then I got interrupted in my reading of it and now don’t know what I wanted to say?!?!? My first thought on seeing the skull was that that was probably what your head felt like – all crazy, jaggedy, headachy. Glad it went away! Fabulous, beautimous apple blossoms! Wow!

    Johnny and I and Ricky are ‘treasure hunters’ and find old dumps irresitable…..got some cool old bottles and rusty stuff a couple of weeks ago. Now to find them all homes in my gardens….fun!

    Morel report – though I don’t know where Ricky’s secret spot is – he hasn’t gotten any yet. Wonder if the predicted s*#% this weekend will bother them? He did get a 17 1/2″ German brown trout yesterday – he’s a happy boy now that the season has started and he has a week off between the end of school and starting work!

    • Kathy says:

      Cindy Lou, that’s why I posted that deer skull. Kind of reminded me of my head at that moment… I am kinda glad to hear that no one else is getting morels either. That means the secret spot hasn’t dried up…it’s just the crazy weather this spring. I just read Barry Ricky’s trout report. He’s impressed.

  10. jeffstroud says:

    Just to tease you some: I saw morrels in Whole Foods today, and here is a shot that another person took on redbubble.com


    • Kathy says:

      That is certainly a greenish morel, Jeff! I’ve only seen them when they were light brown or dark brown. That one would make me pause for a few minutes before picking…LOL! Boy, it sure would be nice to have a “mess” of morels this spring. Darn. Doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. Although do you think some positive thinking would manifest them?? 🙂

  11. PurePuyear says:

    Been getten Morels in Marquette county sinse April 5th but I am the greatest Morel hunter of all time

    • Kathy says:

      The greatest morel hunter of ALL time? My goodness! How I would love to know your Secret Spots. I heard that some folks found morels over around Pelkie, but so far where we live–Aura–has been mighty sparse. And not just for me. 😦

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