In the Middle of a Long Hot Drought

Yes, we are in the middle of a long hot drought…not much snow this winter, very little precipitation this spring and summer, but also not many ideas working their way onto the page from me.  Maybe my ideas are tied to the rains….for example today we had a bit of rain and here I am pecking away at the laptop. Also when I look back over the last year, it seems that many of my posts spontaneously spring from my fingers like mushrooms after the rains. Could that mean that maybe I too respond to rain in the same way as the objects of my desire do? Am I a new subspecies of human…homo-fungi-sapiens?

Or could it just be that when it rains, I can take a break from watering the garden, cutting the grass, pulling weeds, painting the fence or just  being outside, down on the beach, enjoying the sun?

What ever the reason, its good to be back here on the page, pouring out my thoughts and ideas.

All joking aside, it has been a very dry year and we are at stage three water restrictions that may soon be at stage four, if we don’t get a signification rain event soon.  The experts tell us we need at least 3 consecutive days of 30-40 millimeters of rain to refill the reservoir. Lets hope we get that soon.

For those of you who don’t live in BC, so far this has been one the worst wildfire seasons ever with more fires reported every day.We had a fire up here just a couple of kilometers out of Sechelt that burned up 400 to 500 hectares of forest.  There was also one fatality during the fire fighting.  A local faller who was helping to fight the fire died when a fire weakened tree fell and crushed him. Our community was very saddened by his untimely and unfortunate death. There was a great tribute to him last weekend in Gibson, with over 800 mourners attending the celebration of his life.

The fire is now out, but it was a very scary and smoky period of a couple of weeks. One Sunday morning I woke about 6 am, I was dreaming about having a smoke ( which I haven’t had in more than 15 years) and as I opened my eyes, my room was bathed in this incredible red glow  It was like I was on an alien world, under a hot and oppressive red sun. I got out of bed and looked through the blinds to an incredible red sunrise, smoke hanging low in the sky and ash drifting down like snow. Some one described it as apocalyptic.  I think that was a very appropriate metaphor.

This picture is close but doesn’t do justice to the realityWP_20150706_09_04_01_Pro

On my walks in the area this summer, I have seen nary a fungal flower anywhere.  It is the height of summer and usually we don’t see very much, but the trees do look dry and thirsty and some are even dying as a result of these repeated droughts.  There are predictions that this will be the trend for the next several years here on the coast.

Other areas of the province are getting rain, so I may need to expand my search area to interior regions. On a positive note, the burn area just west of Sechelt should have a good potential for morels next spring!.

After this little bit of rain who knows what may pop up, so it’s off into the woods I go, hi ho, hi ho.

Hope to see you on the trails some time Coastal Shroomer.