First weekend of May and not too much happening.

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.

I was out this afternoon, for a walk up Hidden Grove area.  The picking wasn’t very productive. I saw a few oysters that were way past their ” best before date “..old oysters

and also some very small pins just starting.oyster pins

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.

Here are some shots I tool last May…quite a different story…DSCN1456 DSCN1461

Even though the harvest was slim, it was nice to be out and to find a new trail  the green in springwith  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

I did find a couple of Panther Aminita ( Amanita pantherina) that something had taken a few bites out of, as well as one Russulla.Amanita P Amanita Panther

But most interesting is that I found a small patch of laccaria…Laccaria C Laccrialikely 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”.

How, you may ask, did this thought pop into my head? Well, as |I walking along the trail, I came upon this three-toed cedar tree…Three toes

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


One thought on “First weekend of May and not too much happening.

  1. Just came across your blog/FB site. Enjoy looking at your updates. I’m a fairly new picker who lives in the HMB area. Was out in Smuggler Cove area last weekend and came across some Oysters of fairly small size on an alder that was dead but still upgright. Ate em’ with a nice t-bone for dinner! Yum 🙂

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