The Morels of Torch Lake

You either “get” Morels… or you don’t…literally!

When some of my friends (who shall remain nameless) hear me talking about Morels, they think I’m trying to start some deep philosophical conversation about the nature of goodness & evil, or whether you should lie to protect a friend (aka…morals). They prepare to debate the value of virtue or the honor in honesty. While this may be an interesting way to spend an afternoon…

All I want to do is find a mushroom to go with my dinner!

It’s Morel season in Northern Michigan & that means it’s time to go hunting. To the uninitiated, it seems a simple task. Grab a decent pair of shoes, some bug spray, a compass, a net bag & you’re good to go. Truly, all those things help but seasoned Morel hunters know the real secret…

Focus! Absolute attention, complete concentration, & serious single-mindedness.

Armed with all that, I set out the other day to hunt the mighty Morel.

This is not a Morel…it’s a trillium. DSCN3684 And this is not a Morel…just a cool fungus thing on a tree. DSCN3652 This is also not a morel…it’s a Spring Beauty. DSCN3654You guessed it…not a Morel…Marsh Marigolds. DSC00471-001 Cool map looking thing on a log. DSCN3635 A “wannabe” Morel…A Beefsteak mushroom. DSCN3689 And Jacob’s Ladder. DSCN1303 And Dutchman’s Britches. DSCN3690 Another cool tree fungus thing. DSCN3645Jack in his Pulpit. DSCN3691 Oh, yeah… DSCN3637 So now you know my secret.

Focus, always focus!

If you click on the link here, you will find a map to my secret morel spot.


Really? You thought I’d share?

Me…I’m off to do some serious sauté – ing!!!

Homemade is best I

About Diane

a long time lover of all things aquatic...swimming, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling...if it involves water...I'm in. Add traveling, snowshoeing in the winter, gardening in the spring, & lots of fresh air & sunshine. Blend with cooking, crafting, great friends & my Border Collie Zack. Toss in some sweet beekeeping. Mix in a couple of great books, my camera, clean notebook paper, & a cool pen & you pretty much have a picture of me. My friends tell me I should also add..."once a teacher...always a teacher".
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2 Responses to The Morels of Torch Lake

  1. mboukamp says:

    I’m so jealous!! Could you dry a few for me!? Hope you are well! Marianne

  2. I always breathe easier when I look at your pictures 🙂 xoxo

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