I found these four jewels around a large sycamore tree along a creek early Saturday (Apr 20). It had rained 1 1/2 inches the day before stopping in the mid-afternoon. Evening temperature dropped to the low 30’s but I headed out early Saturday to beat any weekend traffic in this heavily foraged location. I measured the soil temperature and it was 34 degrees !! Based on my experience I would say these fruited Saturday and grew fast. They were almost translucent without a single imperfection. Probably the most beautiful morels I have ever found.
I have now picked 8 out of the small orchard, but I have found no yellows anywhere except in these two places. Some spots known to be productive have not shown any color, although I have gatherd two half frees and a handful of tulip morels.
I have been keeping notes and after tomorrow I will post a summary of the past 10 days morel fruiting and pose some ideas about what has been happening. As of now, I believe we are three weeks behind normal and I am afraid we will get an abrupt end. Hope not.