Category: Foraging

Waiting for Herring

By , April 27, 2019

The herring have arrived in Mud Bay, according to an anonymous post in a local on-line want ad page. But, here on the shore of Lynn Canal, just off Mud Bay, we’re still waiting. And, when I say “we,” I mean everyone!

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A harbor seal hangs out, waiting for herring (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

 

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Mushrooms, Finally

By , August 31, 2018

We’re finally seeing mushrooms around the peninsula.

After early hope, brought on by chanterelle buttons (see Popping Buttons), the mushroom season has, as always, advanced at its own inscrutable pace.

Usually, we start looking for chicken of the woods, also called sulfur shelf, in early July. Many years we miss it, because we’re busy with Independence Day activities. This year, July came and went without much sign of the neon orange fungus.

Earlier this month, Aly began finding it, and, perhaps because it arrived when we’re more “in mushroom mode” as it were, we ate a lot of it. We began to wonder if other mushrooms would arrive late as well.

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Michelle’s capful of chanterelles and Aly’s latest bolete (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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