I was first introduced to Morel mushrooms when Scott Moran was working at Forager Ltd. Scott lives in BC and is something of a mushroom magnet. Anyways, Miles, the bossman at Forager Ltd let us in on a patch of morels that he knew and so, one mild day in May, Scott and I went to investigate.
To get to the mushrooms, we walked a long distance from where we left the car, along a straight shingle (rocks, shells and pebbles) beach. At the point where the shingle turned to sand, we started finding morels. They were growing on the mellow dunes of the beach, the shore breaking only metres away. This way of finding morel mushrooms is somewhat characteristic. They turn up in the most unexpected places. That said, there are tree species with which morels are commonly known to be associated (particularly American Elm, Tulip Poplar and Apple trees).