It's that time of year when foragers dream of glints of gold amongst the leaf litter. I usually feel the anticipation mounting around the first week of February and this year has been no different. That being said I'm not feeling particularly optimistic about 2019 for our local Texas morel season although I believe it will be better than last years dismal fruitings I don't think we are in for a bumper crop. Low freeze hours and rapidly rising spring temperatures are not exactly conducive to large prolonged fruitings. Despite those limiting factors we are looking better on moisture levels than this time last year. Lake Whitney and Lake Waco are fairly full, Lake Travis is too. Lake Texoma is slightly under full also. Another nugget of hope would be the fact that we had record-breaking fall rains in a lot of places. Fall rains are actually even more important to the life cycle of Morchella species than spring moisture. None of the Morel producing areas are under drought conditions right now in Texas so if weather cooperates we might actually have a semi-decent season this year! Good luck to my fellow Texans I hope your harvests exceed expectations.