Monday, April 06, 2009

The variety of morels

Jon went with me on Sunday to take some of his exceptional photos. Luckily we were able to turn up a good variety. What was interesting was the variety of colors of the ones we found. It is quite possible (and probably very likely) that these are all the same type of mushroom and that their appearance was just due to variable conditions, such as how long it has been growing, exposure to the elements, tree host or even soil condition to name a few.

First, just a reminder of the unseen competition. You ever wonder why a mushroom has been chopped over or has large chunks missing. Blames these little guys. I wonder how well morels go with escargot?
This one is a beautiful grey with tinges of red and white on the edges.

This grey is starting to turn white on the edges and might eventually have become a nice large white. I say might because there was no way I was leaving it behind.

This one seems like the one above but has a reddish tinge. Oh did I say that the last three photos are all of the same mushroom just from different sides. Just shows what even a little differences in exposure can do.

Here are some small yellows or what people refer to as "blondes."

Here was the tallest we found. This one was found on Saturday while out hunting with Camoshroomer - a graceful tall, thin yellow just over 4 1/2 inches.

Last, if you see these guys out there growing straight out of a small half-buried log (which is very unusual to see morels growing directly out of wood), please let them be. I hope to come back and see how they have grown in a week or so.

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