Have you been out and searching in the low damp areas with lots of Alder? I have, but it hasn’t been so damp and the picking sparse.
However, the pins felt very hard and dry, like they have been waiting to start for some time. The woods themselves were very dry, kind of what it’s like mid to late June, and its only the 3rd of May.
Even though the harvest was slim, it was nice to be out and to find a new trail with some really promising terrain to explore this fall. Looks like a potentially good area for chanterelles and pines, as I have found both in the same genreral area
But most interesting is that I found a small patch of laccaria… likely the Common Laccaria ( Laccaria laccata) or Western Amethyst Laccaria ( LAccaria amethysteo-occidentlist) These usually don’t come up until August or September, so may seems a bit early.
Duane Sept, in his book” Common Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest”, says that the Common Laccaria season is June to November, and the Amethyst, August to October. Could just be another sign that the climate getting warmer and spring earlier….
The other thing I ponder while strolling in the woods was “what would it be like if Dinosaurs still existed and you were to encounter one in the woods?” Yes, I know, dinosaurs are still with us, in the form of birds.. what I am talking about is those large, three toed monsters found in the movie “Jurassic Park”.
Doesn’t it look like a big T-Rex foot, with the other leg and body just looming above you, just out of the frame? And I had not been drinking or smoking anything at the time….just saying……
As of this week, the District of Sechelt has started Stage 1 water restrictions. I guess they are anticipating a hot and dry summer, like we seem to have been having the last few years. Snow pack is pretty well non-existent , so I think it is a good idea to start conserving water.
But who knows, we could have another cold and wet June-uary. I would like a nice mix of rain and sun over the summer, with a really nice hard rain in the end of August and early September. Good for the garden, good for the forests,good for the reservoir, good for the kids to go to the beach and good for our fungi friends.
Keep that image in your mind…positive visualization..and maybe we will have another bumper year.
See you on the trails sometime