Trip to Emigrant Gap, June 11, 2009
With all this activity on the mycological news groups about Morels at Emigrant Gap, I figured they would surely be all but gone.
But you can't get them all, can you.
And that's what I kept thinking when I told the boss I quit my job Wednesday night. They can't get them all.
You really left that many for me?
You left all of those?
Wow, I sure appreciate that, but you really didn't need to leave so many. I couldn't possible carry all of them out in one trip.
And they are giants! I don't usually get to find them so large. Certainly not so many in one area. In California, anyway.
I would have to say I have never seen any that green.
I have a theory about the green-ness.
You know how when you blow up a cheap black balloon so large it becomes purple? That's my theory.
Of course, the normal size Morels wreck that hypothesis.
Oh well, take it or leave it.
The Boletus rex-veris. And the Oysters.
And what about the Gastroid Agarics. They smelled very strongly of Almond. They also yellowed after a short time.
Such a strong smell! Anyone have a name for them?
I discovered two other things, new to me.
There was a huge footprint. It was too large for a Bear.
Much too large. With massive claws.
I took a picture of me next to it for size reference.
And one Gyromitra californica. Or is it Helvella californica?
That's how a hunt should go.
And remember...always look around the car.