The mighty Shade River

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Vanessa and I drove the Mule down to the river, parked it and set out for a nice hike. It’s still early spring so the multi-floral rose has yet to conquer the woods and it’s too cold for snakes.

The Mule waits patiently…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

There is always a treasure hunt going on in the woods this time of year

Morels… the treasure of the forest

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Yeah… over at the old farm on Kingsbury Rd. I knew where to look We had twenty five years there so there was time to find the secret places. Better late than never I say!

If you just know where to look! 🙂

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

So last night along with the roasted chicken, Morels, breaded with Radical Sprinkle (right from the FPR Company Store) and fried in butter. Not exactly health food… but boy is it delicious! The first find on the Fur Peace Ranch Property in more that a quarter of a century!

Question: Where did you find those morels?

Answer: Oh… in the forest!

And there’s trillium and fiddlehead too

Photo by Vnessa Kaukonen

We won’t be eating these…

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Not quite primeval… but pretty darn nice to have in your ‘backyard.’

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Last but not least:

We’ll be there! Will You?


  1. Comment made on April 19, 2021 by Michael Fallon

    Thanks for number 45. Great to see the finale with Izze and Myron joining the old man!

    Can you please clairfy the line in ‘Bar Room Crystal Ball, please?
    I’m hearing ‘some hysteric end’ Such a great tune and want to work it into my next jam session with friends. (I guess I can always fake it. Ernie Hawkins taught me that)

    And we’ll see you in early May near Pittsburgh!

    thanks to you and Vanessa for all the work,

    • Comment made on April 19, 2021 by Jorma

      Here you go Mike!
      Bar Room Chrystal Ball
      Jorma Kaukonen

      Early this morning someone hot on the line
      Says me and my friends are downtown, drinking wine
      Trying to help me but they ain’t got time
      To see which way I’ve fallen

      Well this sawdust’s feelin’ fine, and my body sure don’t mind
      This solitary flying,
      Past summer’s stare again,
      I don’t remember when

      This morning feels as if it’s still a part of night
      And the dream I had before the last is out of sight
      But what I feel between us now gives you the right
      To see how far I’ve fallen



      One more line before me gonna see me pass
      Into the realm of pure imagination last
      Before the unsung shower of a lightning blast
      Around the house that’s fallen


      Now I see the form that’s silent on the floor
      And nothings gonna be the way it was before
      Still I feel the shadow from the pistol’s roar
      Above the head that’s fallen


  2. Comment made on April 19, 2021 by Jim Bacon

    That’s so cool Jorma, morels… the forests here are alive with wild cherry and a host of other beautiful bloomer – willows are also very pretty – wish I could visit – J

  3. Comment made on April 18, 2021 by carey georgas

    Adds a different twist to the concept of “farm raised” fish, don’t it?

  4. Comment made on April 18, 2021 by Ed

    And the copperheads love cicadas. After waiting 17 years for this feast they’ll be hungry.
    They chow down mainly at night, but once the cicadas start emerging the copperheads won’t be far behind.

  5. Comment made on April 18, 2021 by carey georgas

    Accent on the first syllable, right?

  6. Comment made on April 18, 2021 by HowardH

    Thank you for the excellent Quarantine Concert #45 last night. A very happy birthday to Clarence Gatemouth Brown, RIP. He was right, he knew.

  7. Comment made on April 17, 2021 by JB

    Jorma- Stocked with “Brown Trout” 😉

  8. Comment made on April 17, 2021 by richard

    Thank you for sharing the pictures.Beautiful

  9. Comment made on April 17, 2021 by JB

    Did ya bring your fishing rod?

  10. Comment made on April 17, 2021 by John B

    “And where the air smelled like snakes we’d shoot with our pistols …….” John Prine:

  11. Comment made on April 17, 2021 by johno

    Thanks for the walk in the woods in Spring.
    Beautiful pictures. Especially the morels.
    Vanessa, thanks for keeping Jorma happy and healthy.

  12. Comment made on April 17, 2021 by carey georgas

    Correction. Fourth pic.

  13. Comment made on April 17, 2021 by carey georgas

    Spotted a wild violet in that last pic. They’re blooming in my yard, too. Life springing forth. You know I’ll be there tonight. Can’t hardly wait!

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