A cool, blustery spring day, pleasant relief from recent heat. I’ve been reading about morels and morel season, and am curious whether they grow around here. I read that old apple orchards are one place to look for ’em, so Sami & I went to explore our own old apple orchard, in search of good trees to climb, and maybe mushrooms to eat.
Pink apple blossom petals on a spring day…feels like a cliche line from a bluegrass song, but my weren’t they purty.
Sami found a good tree to climb, once I had ensured that all the vines climbing the tree were Virginia Creeper and not poison ivy (and pulled them down, just to be sure)
Later in the afternoon, I wandered around in the woods a bit, thinking more about morels, and where one might begin looking for them on our property. As I passed through the Tupelo yard, I saw these tulips in bloom, I think they’re the first tulips I’ve seen at Twin Oaks, and they look like they’ve been out for a while.
In the woods, I didn’t find much in the way of mushrooms, but was struck by how dramatically the appearance of the woods has changed just in the past 10 days. As I walked around, the skies grew darker, the wind kicked up (blowing up throat-clogging quantities of dust and pollen) and the rumbling of thunder could be heard in the distance.
Just around dinnertime, the storm announced itself with a short but furious 30-second burst of wind, followed by a solid wall of water. The most intense part of the storm lasted just about five minutes, but it was enough to blow over a few trees and briefly flood the ground with water falling faster than it could find a way to drain or run off. As I attempted to drive to Richmond in the drizzly aftermath of the storm, I found the roads blocked with multiple blowdowns, including this one, just before the highway. Fortunately, a VDOT guy showed up with his chainsaw moments after I arrived and cleared it away– government in action!