Every Spring when the wild trillium start to bloom in the Blue Ridge Mountains, nature's most elusive wild mushroom, the morel, begins to come up! So finally, with a few hours to spare last week, I made the two-hour journey from Alexandria, VA to spend a day in the woods looking for these tasty morsels.
It's such a neat experience because each year is different from the year before, as you never know what will be found! Below are some photos from Old Rag Mountain.
Shown here is the source of a mountain spring which flows right out of the rocks. The watercress growing here is some of the sweetest I've ever found. (I filled my bags before leaving!!)
Stepping across the creek, not five yards into the wilderness, I looked down to see the scene before you. It was a bit difficult to spot this mushroom - in fact, I saw two!
Needless to say, finding two at the start of my hunt was very encouraging. Sadly though, these turned out to be the only two of the day. But hey, spending the day in nature and finding at least one mushroom is a day well spent! The cress made an amazing salad.