The morel theory expressed by this reporter last
week that morels were out on the cool days, but mushroom hunters were baking
their shins inside, seems to have at least a glimmer of truth to it.
That, at least, is what one eastern Indiana reader
says after finding some 25 black morels on Friday of last week.
“Well you were right on,” the reader wrote.
“I went out Friday and found about 25 small blacks near Batesville. I had
looked the last few days of the warm weather we had earlier, and a couple
of the first cold days and I found nothing,” That sets us to wondering
if others throughout the state have made finds either during the previous
warm days, or during the cold weather. The reader adds a PS that he, too,
has in the past found morels in the snow.
The report gives us a leg to stand so far as our
mushroom theory goes, and we would like to hear from other “morellers”
who have braved the elements.
As stated in last
week’s column, I briefly explained my theory that nature and northward
movement of the sun tend to be more important than ideal conditions in
the fruiting of morels. Morellers were staying inside because of the uncomfortable
cool weather outside. Actually, I pointed out, I believed the little blacks
were there, but rank-and-file morel hunters weren’t.
So if you tried and failed--or tried and succeeded--I
would be happy to know about it.
In trying to track down information on what species
of trees is struck most often (to help outdoors folks in staying away from
them during storms), I have encountered a sturdy wall. Nobody knows anything.
So, I think, we should compile our own facts, and know what species of
trees are the safest shelters from weather, specifically lightning.
If you will e-mail information on trees known
to have been struck by lightning, I will make a record of struck trees,
and print it for anyone who wants the information. Information on recent
and old strikes will be welcome.
Most important is species of struck tree and location
(to avoid duplications). Next the height of the tree struck, and whether
the struck tree is still present. After that, any additional facts available
will be welcome.
Trees struck by lightning usually have down-scars
in the bark of their trunk. Some have other damages.
I seem to find the oaks and cottonwoods more prone
to lightning strikes than others, but one outdoors person says this may
be because they are taller than other trees. I have never seen a beech
tree struck by lightning, or a sycamore.
As a kid I rode out storms in several big hollow
sycamores, one so large inside the hollow that there were cow tracks in
When fishing small, live minnows for crappies,
raise the rod tip 18 inches or higher occasionally to keep minnow moving.
Be ready for bite as minnow sinks. Same with small jigs.