Late Spring – again

Again, it’s a very late Spring. Soil temp is still in the low 40’s. Last night’s low was 52 degrees, but it is not expected to be above 45 degrees again until Saturday night. Daytime highs will, however, be in the mid- to high-50’s. Saturday is expected to be around 70, so there is hope!

I visted an old cleacut at about 1250′ elevation yesterday. It is cherty limestone with very shallow sinkholes and a regrowth of poplars. You can see a shallow depression in the foreground of this photo. The understory is Christmas fern (2nd photo) that has not sent up a single fiddlehead yet. Poplars have not leafed out at all but should soon.

The upside of the wave of cold fronts keeping the temperatures depressed is that the woods are soaking wet. We have had over 7″ above normal rainfell for the first 3 months of the year. More rain predicted Thursday and Friday.

I will be furiously scouting all day Thursday and also Friday morning for the big AMC foray this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed.

In the meantime, I’ll be sliding in the mud digging ramps!!

I did find one more black (total of four) in my “early patch”.

2 thoughts on “Late Spring – again

  1. Whitey-

    After two solid weeks of hiking around, watching buds slowly forming, I’ve finally got the right vision for tree I.D…at least when it comes to ash, elm, and poplar. What I’m wondering about now and hope you can sort out is this: how much correlation do you see between trunk diameter and chances of finding a patch? Is it more important to find a dense stand of young poplar, or a few older specimens? The only time I’ve found morels they have been near truly massive poplars that managed to avoid the saw by virtue of their suburban roots, so my experience is very limited. As always, your thoughts are appreciated.



  2. Around these parts it’s more mature poplar and ash, although I have found them in young growth, brier patches, & along the shoulder of gravel roads. Even found a single large yrllow at the base of a big beech tree in my back yard. Go figure! Remember that they aren’t called “hickory chickens” for nothing. Good luck. I’m going to blog a “season summary” after its all over here.

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