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Sorry, had to create a few universes in my image, and take a day of rest, ya know. For dedicated shroomers who worship the woods, the karmic hereafter will be replete with endless tracts of large elms in all cyclical phases; the forest floor will host a dense web of mycelium; and tho' it required that I delve deep into my powers I've managed to create a microenvironmental stasis conducive to the perpetual fruiting of morels!

Actually, Monday was good--several hundred grays in Johnson Co. Tuesday was spent in "recovery" from a severe case of ass chafing due to Monday's 5-6 mile forage. Wednesday was spent at the hospital. Thursday I drove south to Wapello and Jefferson Counties and found conditions and shrooms at season's end. Today--northern Washington County was ON. We're at peak or just past here. Very dry. Many shrooms that have unfurled within the past week are struggling to break through the ground and are deformed, including many in moss patches. Some show initial signs of drying. Sunday will likely bring the end to it here except for north slopes and ravines.

Heading to Jones and Jackson Counties tomorrow. SWI, you sure had it made down there. Conditions were best on SW Iowa. Are you following them north? Shroomtrooper, judging from the MN board you need RAIN. Looks like it may come next week. Can you can reschedule that vacation for the following week and head south a bit? Should be awesome along the IA/MN state line in about 10 days don't you think?

Man, I'm cashed from today's deal. That was fun!
 

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BATTLE. Only 60 today but they're fresh, and I definitely paid my dues for them. The scant wetting offered by the teasing clouds that came and went was enough to help some. Alas, I'm sensing the impending central Iowa morel apocalypse of 2015. A few more days will likely spell doom to the delicate fungal structures that have managed to evade us in these parts.

Oh my....FLASHBACK 1973: late season, after a heavy rain, and hot...while walking deep in the woods atop a ridge I found myself amid a veritable mother lode of large yellows. Hundreds, in all directions, but each one crumbled at the mere touch. I imagine such a situation is tantamount to "shroomer hell" if such a thing exists. The torment of this episode was profound enough that it carved a prominent place in my memory, forever.
 

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Even worse, imagine you're looking across a clearing and see those telltale bare branches and twigs touching the sky. The dead elms are calling and you answer, only to find yourself confronted with a 50-foot thick hedge of multiflora rose. The only way to get to the trees is to twist and turn through that hellish thicket until bleeding profusely, whereupon you discover a vast expanse of crumbling yellow morels. Your season ends in the dismal embrace of a thorny jungle while weeping at the sight of what might have been, had you chanced upon the spot a week earlier.

With that ominous thought, I'm heading out again. It is late season here and I am cognizant that I may very well experience the scenario described. This time I'll park my vehicle in a safe place and hike nearly a mile down dirt roads into a well-posted tract of timber where I will knowingly trespass. I may not return.

Cheers!

 

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I wish it were the case, catfishjohn, LOL. 35 HUGE ones today in northern Washington County. All were between 4-7 inches and still in good shape. And I saw--and heard--something I've never before encountered: a dead tree fell over, taking a large branch of an adjacent living tree, girdling it to the base! I was about 50 feet downhill from it. I'll never forget it. Of course, my mind instantly went in two divergent places... 1. The enigma, "If a tree falls in the forest..." and 2. Was this some sort of bad omen?! :-|
 
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