We spent most of the day in OKC listening to local bands and generally goofing off. When we got home around 5:30 my brother told me he had found about a gallon of morels (and had also bagged a 13 lbs. gobbler.) I jumped on the 4 wheeler and went looking for morels.
None of my usual hotspots yielded a single mushroom and I was just about to go back to the house when I decided to look at a spot on higher ground just in case. We had a minor flood earlier this week and all the low spots were still saturated and covered in debris. About 75 yards up from a place I normally find mushrooms I saw a single morel under an Eastern red cedar tree. As I approached it I saw four or five more in the vicinity.
For the next hour I picked over 6 pounds of morels within a 200 yard x 20 yard area. Most were under cedar trees. None were very far from cedar trees. The ones that were not under cedars were among some very much still dormant sumac scrub.
Cleaning the cedar debris from the morels was a bummer. I won't even think about it tomorrow as I'm pigging out on fresh morels!!
Life is good.