Venus’s Lady’s Slipper and the morel to the story

by underswansea

_LME3936Calypso Bulbosa

Willow and I wandered the forest floor looking for wild mountain orchids. Last year they were much earlier. I found single broad leaf but without stems. Last weekend the same spot was covered with snow. Spring is late this year. There is still plenty of snow higher up.

I found an open bank on the edge of the trees with good southwestern exposure. The sun hit it into the evening. And there they were. Just a few blooming.

The Venus’s Lady’s Slipper is the first of the mountain orchids to bloom, sometimes pushing through the snow. It is also the smallest and, many believe, the most beautiful. They have a delicate fragrance that is enhanced by the rain.

_LME3921Morel Mushrooms, notice how they are hollow and the heads and stems are a single piece when cut in half.

The other day I was fortunate to find a bunch of morel mushrooms. They were in perfect condition having just come up from the recent rains.

I made a batch of delicious wild mushroom bisque. The texture and taste of the morel is like no other mushroom.

Every year spring sneaks up differently.

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